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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…

Review: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Trapped in the winter snows of 1934's Yugoslavia, the famed Orient Express becomes the setting for a brutal murder and cluster of suspicious characters. Eccentric French detective Hercule Poirot is at the centre, discerning the secret pasts of every traveller to unravel the criminal aboard the train. With that premise, Agatha Christie's 1934 novel was born to be a classic, and so it was. Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted for television, film and radio multiple times, with…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 24th September 2017

It's time for our regular news round-up after a birthday-induced week off for Lost In Drama. I hope you've all had a lovely two weeks and are looking forward to a packed few months of film and TV. After all, with Victoria back on our screens and regular period dramas in the cinema, there's plenty of entertainment on offer. Let's see what's going on in the industry... Trailer unveiled for adaptation of Stephen King's 1922  It may feel like adaptations…

Review: Victoria & Abdul

Just as film and television has turned its eyes to Winston Churchill's legacy in the last year, it's also been reassessing the character of Queen Victoria. A queen given her title at a very young age, she went on to become the 'grandmother of an empire'. The after-effects of that empire would go on to define leaders like Churchill, and the damage left behind by British rule is still felt today. It gives those in charge of cinematic portrayals a…

Review: The Limehouse Golem

The dark streets of Victorian London are full of riches of an unconventional kind. In The Limehouse Golem, ambitious orphan Elizabeth Cree looks for redemption in the glowing orbs of the theatre, cross-dressing actor Dan Leno searches for adoration in the crowds that come to see him and a year later, Inspector Kildare searches for an answer to a gruesome spree of murders that spreads a web across the murky alleyways. A period drama that delights in mystery and horror,…