A Valentine’s Special – The 10 Most Romantic Lines From Period Dramas

It's Valentine's Day, and what better day to look at the most romantic lines in period dramas? I've counted down my top 10 quotes, utterly subjective and unlikely to match anyone else's list should they make it. In terms of the films or television episodes I've referenced, I'm aware that some will be quotes from the original literature or have been repeated many times over in other adaptations. These are just the adaptations where I most enjoyed the quote! So…

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Eva Green & Gemma Arterton Cast In New Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita and Virginia’

In exciting casting news, actresses Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have been cast in a new biopic about famed author Virginia Woolf. It follows her love affair with Vita Sackville-West, a poet and novelist, during the late 1920s. Titled Vita and Virginia, Green has been cast as Woolf, whilst Arterton will be playing Sackville-West. The relationship has long drawn widespread interest amongst literature fans and scholars, acknowledged as being one of the key inspirations behind Woolf's best known novel Orlando.…

Trailer Released for Sofia Coppola’s Period Drama Thriller ‘The Beguiled’

The teaser trailer has been unveiled for writer/direct Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, a period drama thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Based on a Southern Gothic novel titled the A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan, the film is set in the American Civil War. It follows the story of a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell), who is rescued by the women in an all-female boarding school. Soon jealousy and attraction begins to cause trouble in the school,…

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…