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

October 15, 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 in the background of many big historical and period dramas that lots of us have loved. The next step is to decide what to do with that information, how to give a voice to the voiceless and how we can change society to recognise that these abusers are everywhere (even in the most powerful roles in the world). For now, lets go back to this site’s main topic and catch up on the much brighter pieces of entertainment news…

First official photo released for BBC’s Little Women adaptation

We’ve got our first look at the much-anticipated Little Women adaptation from BBC and Masterpiece PBS. It shows the four girls, from left to right – Amy (Kathryn Newton), Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Jo (Maya Hawke) and Beth (Annes Elwy).

The release date is unknown, with casting updates being our only insight so far. Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon will also star, and up-and-coming actor Jonah Hauer-King will take on the role of Laurie. Hauer-King will also be starring in a new Howard’s End adaptation expected later this year.

Downton Abbey goes on tour in the USA

Despite the questionable title for this article from The Times, an exciting new development has been announced for Downton Abbey fans in the USA. An exhibition is opening in New York in November featuring costumes and sets from the hit period drama.

The exhibition will then tour various American cities, and has already had great success in Singapore. Keen fans can buy their ticket from the official website.

And now for something silly…

It’s been a tough few days for those of us who follow entertainment news. Here’s a little lightness to finish the week – Peter Kay’s latest version of a Jane Austen classic (with some very non-Austen references put in for good measure!) …

Check in with us next Sunday for another 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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