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

October 29, 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 of Elizabeth II in The Crown season 3, when the series is expected to leap forward into the 70s and 80s. With the show traversing decades, Claire Foy and Matt Smith were only signed on for two seasons, with the idea being that the show would replace actors as it moved into the present day.

Anyone familiar with Olivia Colman’s work in shows like Broadchurch, The Night Manager and Peep Show will be delighted – she’s always been a real talent and will undoubtedly make for a fitting replacement for Foy’s incredible work so far. Season two is due to air on December 8th of this year.

BBC’s Les Miserables cuts ties with Weinstein Company

As the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein revelations continue, one major BBC period drama has severed their connections with Hollywood studio The Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein was previously named as an executive producer on the six-part drama, estimated to air next year, and all mention of him has now been removed. BBC Worldwide will take on distribution in U.S. and China instead, although they have not offered any comment on their decision.

Three major period dramas get their first trailers

Journey’s End

A new film produced as part of the commemoration of the First World War centenary, Journey’s End is an adaptation of the famous stage play by R.C. Sherriff. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), it stars Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany and Asa Butterfield, among a large British cast.

Journey’s End has its first presentation at Toronto Film Festival last month, but won’t be released in UK cinemas until 2nd February 2018.

Phantom Thread

Eagerly anticipated as Daniel Day-Lewis’ last ever screen performance (or so he says), Phantom Thread has been shrouded in secrecy until now. Even then, the trailer doesn’t give much away. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice), the film follows a dressmaker and his muse in 1950s London. It’s expected to pick up some Academy Awards in February, and I think we can all agree that it’s probably got at least Best Costume Design pinned down already.

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

Finally, a trailer has been released for period horror starring Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the famous American widow of William Winchester, the gun magnate. Set in the 1920s, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built appears to play with the urban legends that came with the widow herself, as she became known for constructing a strange house over 38 years, convinced that she was haunted by the victims of her husband’s rifles.

Also, as someone who hates jump scares, I’ll just warn you that there are a few in this trailer!

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 Ursula are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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