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…

ITV Announces Premiere Date For Period Drama ‘The Halcyon’

In exciting news for period drama fans, ITV have announced a premiere date for eight-part series The Halcyon. Due to air on 2 January 2017, it promises high drama and intrigue that will brighten the post-Christmas slump. The Halcyon is set in a luxury hotel during the 1940s, and stars period drama veteran Olivia Williams and Alex Jennings, who recently made a fantastic impression as the Duke of Windsor in The Crown. It looks at how the strains and effects…

Review: My Mother and Other Strangers – Episode 4

First of all, apologies for the absence of a review for episode 3 of My Mother and Other Strangers. Struck down by an office plague, by the time I was recovered we were onto the next episode. Although, let's be honest, was there much to say about the third episode? Everything has been leading up to this one, it seems, and we finally got a bit of that romance that we'd been promised. I'm not bitter, but I'd just like…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Scoundrels

So we've looked at the heroines and we've ranked the heroes, but what about Jane Austen's villainous scoundrels? There's one in every novel, providing the perfect distraction for the leading lady, usually by throwing a few spanners in the works. Readers and viewers of the screen adaptations love to hate them: they're the bad boy foil to the dreamboat hero. That's why I've introduced a slightly new feature to this list - instead of a 'lesson learned' point (because lets…

Agatha Christie & The Brontes: This Christmas Season’s Period Dramas

Festive films can step aside - there's another Christmas TV tradition that is just as important in creating a wonderful atmosphere at home. Period dramas are the perfect family entertainment that keeps generations happy as they try and rest off all the compulsory Quality Street and turkey sandwiches. As usual, the BBC has something up their sleeve and this year it's these two dramas - To Walk Invisible, a two-hour film that tells the story of the Brontes, and The Witness For…

Review: Allied

There's been plenty of publicity around Allied - predicted earlier in the year as a likely Oscar contender, it's been highly promoted. Directed by Robert Zemekis (Forrest Gump, Back To The Future), it certainly was expected to be visually compelling with impressive effects, and with all the ingredients for success, it seemed certain to be an instant crowd-pleaser. Unfortunately, that's not quite the case. Set in the Second World War, it stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as two spies who…

Review: Rillington Place – Episode 1

Had a rough week? If you're looking for an escape, I wouldn't recommend the BBC's Rillington Place, a grisly new 3-part period drama about the true story of serial killer John Christie. However, if the days are being kind to you, it's worth a watch for skilful acting and a deep, disturbing look at a marriage that survived on deception and manipulation. The first episode is shown from the perspective of Christie's put-upon wife Ethel (Samantha Morton), as she reunites with her…