October 29, 2017

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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 29th October 2017

Happy Sunday! It's been a very busy week in terms of news, almost to the point that I was desperate to make this post earlier, but no, it's a Sunday schedule for a reason. As well as three massive trailers, there are also a few smaller bits of news, including one about everyone's favourite royal drama... Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy in The Crown season 3 In delightful news, British actress Olivia Colman will be taking on the role…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 22nd October 2017

The nights may be getting earlier and earlier these days (seriously, when did that happen?!) but luckily there's still plenty to keep us period drama fans entertained while we're hiding from the cold. Victoria finished in fine style last Sunday for UK viewers but for those with access to on-demand, Outlander has got a really exciting episode this week. Even better, we're leaving film festival season and approaching awards season, which means more big budget period dramas will be arriving…

Review: Jackie

This review, chosen in a spur of the moment decision, comes out at a rather significant time, with the final John F. Kennedy files due to be released into the public domain this week. Pablo Larrain's Jackie portrays the pivotal moment of the 1963 assassination with unflinching, vivid accuracy but its real strength comes from its careful portrayal of the powerful, traumatised woman who was by the president's side - Jackie Kennedy. Jackie takes a languorous approach to a traditional…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 15th October 2017

News relating to period dramas has been thin on the ground this week. This is rather unsurprising, since a much larger story about the entertainment industry has taken up much of the media's attention - and for a very good reason. I won't go into it too much here, but the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are awful and representative of a systemic rot, where powerful men feel like they can freely abuse and buy their victims' silence. This was going on…

Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Director Simon Curtis has carved his niche in the film industry by specialising in historical dramas and biopics, starting with the lovely My Week with Marilyn and recently The Woman in Gold. This time he's turned his focus onto A.A. Milne, the writer best known as the creator of Winnie the Pooh, in Goodbye Christopher Robin.  The final product is a busy reflection on the grasping nature of celebrity and trauma, and despite some powerhouse performances, is hindered by a…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 8th October 2017

It's been a crazy week in the film industry but quieter in the smaller world of period dramas. For now, the BBC is largely dominating news announcements, with several upcoming shows to look forward to. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying having so much to watch, and feeling guilty about not watching enough! Whoever has already seen Goodbye, Christopher Robin or has watched the first episode of The Last Post, you're doing better than I am. Let me know in…

Outlander – the show pushing the limits

Prior warning: this has show spoilers and will allude to significant scenes. Avoid this post if you've not seen Outlander yet, please! When I started watching Outlander, I'll admit to being a bit of a snob. I'd always passed it off as a sweeping romance - the type I used to pick up abandoned in hostels when I went travelling. I thought it would be a lot of romance, corsets, and sweeping landscapes with little else. Many people I've spoken…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 1st October 2017

Another week, another news post! From big casting announcements to new historical dramas, we've picked out all the essentials from the latest industry updates. Grab a cup of Earl Grey (and a few biscuits) and let's get started... ITV's Vanity Fair gets a first photo and new cast members Filming for ITV's new adaptation of William Thackeray's Vanity Fair began this week. To mark the first day on location, a picture (above) has been released showing stars Olivia Cooke and Tom…