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The Crown Rules Over The BAFTA TV Nominations

With an impressive five nominations, The Crown has taken the throne for top contender at this year's BAFTA TV awards. Netflix's most expensive series to date, this period drama about the royals cost at least £100 million to make for the first season of ten episodes. Among those nominations are Best Drama Series and Best Female Performance for leading actress Claire Foy. Supporting actors Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby also all earned individual nominations. Whilst period drama fans…

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Adrien Brody Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Cast For Season Four

In exciting news for Peaky Blinders fans, Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody has joined the cast of the gritty period drama series. Joining lead actors Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory, Brody is rumoured to play a character with a 'formidable presence', that writer Steven Knight wrote with the actor in mind. Adrien Brody is an American actor who reached worldwide recognition in 2002's The Pianist, which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Since then he's alternated between big budget…

Brian Cox’s Prime Minister Takes Centre Stage In First ‘Churchill’ Trailer

The first trailer has been released for wartime drama Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the eponymous prime minister. Set in the run up to the D-Day landings in 1944, it looks at Winston Churchill as he grapples with both power and age. It also focuses on a fractious period with future US president General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery).  Take a look at the trailer below - Filmed across Scotland, it also stars Miranda Richardson as Clementine Churchill and Ella…

Trailer Released For New Period Drama Series ‘Jamestown’

A 30-second teaser trailer has been revealed for a raunchy new Sky One period drama titled Jamestown. From what we can see, there's no starched cravats and delicate finery in the traditional style, but rather an abundance of sex and violence along the lines of the recent Taboo. It certainly looks intriguing; check out the small clip below - As the trailer states, this show shares the same creators as Downton Abbey, despite a very different tone. It will be…

BBC Confirms Adaptations of ‘Howard’s End’ & ‘The Woman In White’

There's an exciting year ahead for period drama fans with the BBC's confirmation of two new classic novel adaptations, E.M. Forster's Howard's End and Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White. Both are being crafted by top writers and already have an impressive cast. [caption id="attachment_611" align="alignright" width="230"] L: Matthew Mcfadyen R: Hayley Atwell[/caption] The novel Howard's End is centred around three English families in the early 20th century. It's a complex look at Edwardian social classes, and was memorably adapted into…

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Eva Green & Gemma Arterton Cast In New Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita and Virginia’

In exciting casting news, actresses Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have been cast in a new biopic about famed author Virginia Woolf. It follows her love affair with Vita Sackville-West, a poet and novelist, during the late 1920s. Titled Vita and Virginia, Green has been cast as Woolf, whilst Arterton will be playing Sackville-West. The relationship has long drawn widespread interest amongst literature fans and scholars, acknowledged as being one of the key inspirations behind Woolf's best known novel Orlando.…

Trailer Released for Sofia Coppola’s Period Drama Thriller ‘The Beguiled’

The teaser trailer has been unveiled for writer/direct Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, a period drama thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Based on a Southern Gothic novel titled the A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan, the film is set in the American Civil War. It follows the story of a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell), who is rescued by the women in an all-female boarding school. Soon jealousy and attraction begins to cause trouble in the school,…

Call The Midwife wins first ‘Best Period Drama’ accolade at National Television Awards

Call The Midwife proved to the the public's favourite at the National Television Awards last night, winning the newly introduced category of 'Best Period Drama' despite fierce competition. The award has been created after an intense year of top period dramas. Also nominated for the accolade was Poldark, Victoria, Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders. Many expected Poldark to scoop the top prize after it narrowly missed out on 'Best New Drama' last year, but in the viewer-voted decision, the long-running 1950s-set drama…

Trailer Released For Daphne De Maurier adaptation ‘My Cousin Rachel’

The official trailer for period drama film My Cousin Rachel has been released and it looks sure to be a hit amongst fans of classic novels. An adaptation of Daphne de Maurier's mystery-romance novel, it stars Rachel Weisz in the titular role and Sam Claflin as Philip, the primary protagonist. The plot follows a young man who falls in love with his cousin, who has just arrived for a visit under strange circumstances. Despite his changing feelings, he must deal…

Poldark Producers Optioning Historical Novels ‘The Lymond Chronicles’ For New Series

In exciting news for Poldark fans, producers Mammoth Screen have optioned historical novel series The Lymond Chronicles and will be pitching their ideas for an adaptation to top broadcasters. News revealed by the novelist's fan society, the series has a strong fan following and promise pure romance with high drama and action. Written by Dorothy Dunnett, The Lymond Chronicles comprises of six novels published from 1961 to 1975. It follows the story of a charismatic young Scottish nobleman, called Francis Crawford…