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

October 1, 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 Bateman as Becky Sharp and Captain Rawdon Crawley, respectively. Filming started in Budapest but it’s expected to continue in London.

This adaptation will also star Frances de la Tour and Michael Palin, and ITV announced new additions to the ensemble cast in the form of Suranne Jones and Claire Skinner. It’s expected to arrive on screens in 2018.

Trailer released for History Channel’s Knightfall

The History Channel have already made quite an impact on the period drama genre with their hit show Vikings, but now they’ve turned their eye on another part of history – the Crusades. The show is titled Knightfall, and a first official trailer has been released. Watch it below –

It does look like it’s historical fiction with the emphasis on fiction, but it’s got a great cast, including Olivia Ross (War and Peace) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey). It’s due to air on the History Channel on 6th December 2017.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio take on Teddy Roosevelt

According to Deadline, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up again for a new film titled Roosevelt, an early 20th century historical biopic about the U.S. president. DiCaprio has tried to make this film in previous years, but this new announcement signals finally concrete steps towards a production.

The costuming of Victoria & Abdul

And finally, a little fun read for a Sunday. Indiewire have published a great deep dive on the costuming for Victoria & Abdul. It’s always such a treat to deconstruct the meaning behind specific costume design and this is an excellent analysis with a lot of historical backing. Enjoy!

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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