Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 1

The BBC unveiled their latest classic novel adaptation in the form of Decline and Fall, a televised version of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 comic novel. Featuring comedian Jack Whitehall as the lead and boasting American star Eva Longoria, it promises a light tone and easy humour. It achieved this well, but in the end it was the source material that really was the star of episode one, with sharp quotes punctuating busy scenes. Despite an unusual leading couple, Decline and Fall…

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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…

Review: The Lost City of Z (The Fan Carpet)

There are gaps in everyone's knowledge, and the same can be said of me when it comes to the early 20th century. I know the exploits of adventurer Ernest Shackleton, but I had never heard of Fawcett, a real life adventurer and contemporary whose exploits make up the subject of The Lost City of Z. With that said, what we are presented with in this film, is a beautiful and remarkably paced film that offers a fascinating take on a little-known…

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…

10 Beautiful Period Drama Costumes From Television and Film : The Gown Edition

One of the many delights of brilliant period dramas come from the costumes. They can simply be sumptuous, but the majority of the time costumes also send a message about the character's state of mind, and of how they're trying to portray themselves in their environment. The most iconic costumes are undoubtedly the gowns, and we've picked a top 10 from period dramas over the years. Check out the gallery and the descriptions below - do you agree with our choices?…

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…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: A Quiet Passion

Emily Dickinson was a remarkable poet who led an understated life in comparison to the magic and deep reflection of her writing. Following on from a portrayal of the Brontes in the BBC's To Walk Invisible, A Quiet Passion shines a light on another mysterious literary giant and one of their near-contemporaries. The film is an attentive biopic, following Dickinson from a turbulent youth to her last days. Surrounding her in the quiet Massachusetts town of Amherst are her siblings…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Lady Macbeth

Romantic unions are a fragile balancing act, easily knocked off course by inequality and control. Director William Oldroyd’s first feature film Lady Macbeth takes an unconventional approach to the period genre and uses it to draw a vision of a desperate reclamation of control in a doomed marriage - or at least, an attempt at one. Florence Pugh (The Falling) is the lead character Katherine, who provides the inspiration for the familiar name in the title. An adaptation of a classic…

Glasgow Film Festival Review: Their Finest

Director Lone Scherfig’s latest film, Their Finest, is beautiful, yet largely conventional period drama. Another book adaptation of the director’s, it mixes humour with an excellent cast to tell a story that’s largely unknown to modern audiences. However a controversial twist doesn’t manage to distract by its one major mistake - portraying a worn cliche to a tired female audience. Their Finest follows a young copywriter, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), who by a turn of luck during the Second World…