This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 4th February 2018

February 4, 2018

With awards season in full swing, news that doesn’t involve a little gold statuette has been pretty thin on the ground in the last couple of weeks.

As ever with awards though, period dramas have been well represented at the Oscars, from Rachel Morrison’s historical nomination for Best Cinematography on Mudbound, to Phantom Thread‘s recognition for Costume Design and The Shape of Water’s 13 nods. We’ll be reviewing a few of those films over the next few weeks, starting with today’s post about Darkest Hour.

In other news, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has had his new period drama approved by NBC. Called The Gilded Age, this series been in production since 2012 and now has a 10-episode order to begin in 2019.

Set in 1880s New York City, it promises to explore the stories of wealthy families during that period and their rules of society. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, calls the show’s outline ‘an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.’

Netflix has also got some treats for UK drama fans, with the release of 1930’s-set saga Damnation. Set in a small rural town in Iowa, it’s already been shown in the US and received modest ratings.

Although it hasn’t been approved for a second season, maybe it might have some luck with audiences outside America. Here’s the rough trailer below (be warned, it’s violent!).

Also, as much as I love Netflix, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that the streaming service is beginning to specialise in period dramas. A girl can only binge so much, Netflix, so calm down a bit with your giant dramas please!

That’s all we’ve got this week – check back in soon for some more period drama news!

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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    1. Damnation is one of the best things I’ve watched in ages. Brilliant writing!

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