Top 10 Period Drama Dance Scenes

All the best period dramas have their dramatic dance scenes. Why? Well, they're usually breathtakingly romantic for a start, usually with flowing gowns and beautifully orchestrated music. However, they're also usually the perfect tool for a pivotal scene for the central couple, whether they're dealing with jealousy or realising their true feelings. It's also worth noting that for many traditional period dramas, particularly those set pre-1850s, this is the closest we get to a romantically passionate scene. For some, the slightest touch…

Review: Taboo – Episode 1

Whether you're a historical drama fan, a doomed devotee of twisted anti-heroes or just a poor soul lost to the cult of Tom Hardy, Taboo is an exciting new show. With a debut last Saturday night on BBC One, this eight part series is the passion project of its star and a true family affair. The first episode wasn't perfect by any means, but it was a captivating take on a brutal period of our country's history, with a little of the…

Review: To Walk Invisible

The Bronte sisters have gathered a devoted following in the last two centuries, from fans of their remarkable novels to scholars devoted to uncovering the mysteries of their improbably quiet lives. Their works have been adapted for screen numerous times, but dramatic interpretations of the writers themselves are fairly rare. It was therefore a treat when Happy Valley's Sally Wainwright announced that she would be writing and directing a period drama about Bronte family. To Walk Invisible is the result,…

Review: The Witness For The Prosecution

In the days following Christmas, the BBC provided viewers with a second annual Agatha Christie adaptation, titled The Witness For The Prosecution. Continuing on from the high drama of last year's And Then There Were None, this courtroom drama was far more understated but powerfully packed with reflections on love, society and inequality. A two-part drama, The Witness For The Prosecution naturally began with a murder, that of Emily French (Kim Cattrall), an older woman who lives an expensive life. We're presented…

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…

First Trailer Released For Historical Drama ‘Viceroy’s House’

The trailer has been released for new feature film Viceroy's House, which follows the true story of the politics and people behind the Partition of India in 1947. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham), it stars Hugh Bonneville as the last Viceroy of India and Gillian Anderson as his wife Lady Edwina. The BBC films production is backed by a stellar British cast, including Michael Gambon and Simon Callow, as well as a multinational roll…

Review: Rillington Place – Episode 3

This week, the three-part series Rillington Place evolved itself from harrowing to completely unnerving with the final episode. As Tim Evans fought for his life in front of a judge, he found his word counted for little in the face of an already biased courtroom. Meanwhile John Christie began to become more reckless than ever, whilst Ethel's dissent against her husband's actions proved to be fatal. Tim Roth was even more creepy and terrifying than ever in a episode that finally…

Review: My Mother and Other Strangers – Episode 5

After a rather tetchy review of episode 4, the fifth and final episode of My Mother and Other Strangers ramped the drama up to 11 and surprised us all. At least, I think it did. It surprised me, but in retrospect it probably shouldn't have. The episode started with Rose feeling neglected, unable to get in contact with Captain Dreyfuss and convinced he must be avoiding her. Michael, on the other hand, is having legal trouble from a dastardly cousin…

Review: Rillington Place – Episode 2

After the first episode of Rillington Place, which looked at a toxic marriage of manipulation and control, episode 2 turned its focus on new lodgers in the house. Shown from the perspective of Tim Evans, as he tries to balance a new wife and child alongside an uncertain income, we still stayed one step away from Tim Roth's John Christie and his horrendous actions remained out of sight. Tim Evans (Nico Mirallegro), when depicted in the drama, is a complex and…