Review: Love & Friendship

Let's face it, part of the reason we all flock to period drama adaptations of Jane Austen's work is that to a certain extent, we know what to expect. We know it's likely to be beautiful, with rich costumes and sweeping music. It's also likely to be slower paced than regular cinema, taking its time over character developments to advance the plot in small motions. Love & Friendship, last year's adaptation of Austen's early novella Lady Susan, disregards those unspoken…

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…

Review: Taboo – Episode 3

After last week's violent episode of Taboo, where Tom Hardy's James Delaney prowled the streets and unleashed a glimpse of those rumours in one shocking scene, episode 3 came across as somewhat tamer. Yes, we had to look at a wound being stitched up in a high definition zoom, and witnessed a cadaver full of shellfish first hand, but after his stabbing last week, Delaney generally caused trouble in a far less violent way - namely by writing letters and…

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…