Review: Howards End – Episode 4

The final episode of the BBC's Howards End raced to its conclusion, leaving both us and its characters in quiet reflection. Much has changed since the chaotic London house of the Shlegels in the beginning of the story, as oldest sister Margaret now spends her days in a rich stately home (West Wycombe House provides the setting), compromising daily with her boorish husband Henry. Helen, meanwhile, has vanished to Germany, refusing to speak to her family. Tibby is the only…

Review: Howards End – Episode 3

After some packed episodes, Howards End dropped its pace ever so slightly for episode three, turning its focus onto the key themes of inequality and self. Spoilers ahead, but self is exactly what one character is losing, as Margaret Schlegel finds herself drawn ever closer into the wealthy life of family patriarch Henry Wilcox. His proposal to her is something of a mystery. When it's accepted, his first steps are to 'discuss business', rather than take a romantic stroll around…

Review: Howards End – Episode 2

Episode two of Howards End flew past in record style, to the point where I had to check my watch for the time. It's a mark of the strength of the Hettie Macdonald's directing and Kenneth Lonergan's writing that these episodes are so engrossing. They certainly don't feel like the 55-minute running time. This episode begins with a big reveal (spoilers, obviously), as Ruth Wilcox's final note before her death bequeaths the family home Howards End to Margaret Schlegel. Margaret…

Review: Howards End – Episode 1

Lost In Drama has returned from hiatus! Did I miss much? Just kidding, I really pick my moments because it's only been a couple weeks and all this came out - Howards End, Peaky Blinders, Mudbound, Alias Grace and 1922. I would cry 'help!' but I'll just get started on the one I was most looking forward to. I'll be releasing the first three Howard's End episode reviews over the next few days as I get caught up. The BBC's…

Lost In Drama is One Year Old Today!

Exactly a year ago today, Lost In Drama went live on the internet, created to focus on period dramas and classic novel adaptations. It's been a labour of love done in the spare hours, and in one year has had 107 posts and 63,379 words (that's roughly a 250-word novel!). It's been lovely to write about this genre and to interact with fellow fans! There's plenty planned for the next year as I hope to branch out further in the…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 5th November 2017

News was a bit thin on the ground this week so it's just a quick update! It's good though - the following news reminds us of how much we can expect to look forward to, with two flagship shows arriving in just a couple weeks. Let's get started... Peaky Blinders season 4 finally gets a release date The BBC have been keeping the Peaky Blinders air date under wraps for quite a while, but they've finally confirmed that the first…

Review: Gunpowder (Episodes 1-3)

Perfectly timed to conclude just before Guy Fawkes' day, BBC's latest historical drama Gunpowder took us behind the scenes of the infamous 1605 plot. A brainchild of Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, it tells the story of Robert Catesby (a distant ancestor of Harington's) and the reasons behind his decision to attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The final direction of the plot won't be a surprise to anyone, but the BBC have attempted to counterbalance this…

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

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 22nd October 2017

The nights may be getting earlier and earlier these days (seriously, when did that happen?!) but luckily there's still plenty to keep us period drama fans entertained while we're hiding from the cold. Victoria finished in fine style last Sunday for UK viewers but for those with access to on-demand, Outlander has got a really exciting episode this week. Even better, we're leaving film festival season and approaching awards season, which means more big budget period dramas will be arriving…

Review: Jackie

This review, chosen in a spur of the moment decision, comes out at a rather significant time, with the final John F. Kennedy files due to be released into the public domain this week. Pablo Larrain's Jackie portrays the pivotal moment of the 1963 assassination with unflinching, vivid accuracy but its real strength comes from its careful portrayal of the powerful, traumatised woman who was by the president's side - Jackie Kennedy. Jackie takes a languorous approach to a traditional…