The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroines

Jane Austen writes some fabulous characters, from bold heroines to romantic heroes and sneaky scoundrels. To celebrate Jane Austen month, we're publishing three lists, ranking her most iconic figures from her six full novels. Let's start with the heroines - the characters we spend the most time with, sharing their joys and trials as they negotiate Austen's social landscape. Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Who else? Let's be real here, Lizzie is the girl we all want to be. She's…

Review: My Mother and Other Strangers – Episode 1

In a welcome move, the BBC haven't left period drama fans bereft after season 2 of Poldark, with the introduction of another 5-episode drama titled My Mother and Other Strangers. It's lacking the high excitement of the Cornish adaptation but has no novel behind it as an inspiration- instead it's a (somewhat) original plot that paints a nostalgic scene in the fictional Irish village of Moybeg. The series has been written by Barry Devlin, a Northern Irish writer who was also behind Ballykissangel…

Review: The Crown – Episode 6 & 7 “Gelignite” & “Scientia Potentia Est”

Picking up from the slight mid-season lull, episodes 6 and 7 of The Crown succeed with excellent character studies and the exciting prospect of Queen Elizabeth learning how to be in charge around a crowd of manipulators and flatterers. The focus for episode 6, titled “Gelignite”, was Princess Margaret and the culmination of her affair with royal equerry Captain Peter Townsend. It’s a treat, not least for the fact that we get our first dramatic (solo) gallop on horseback, courtesy…

Review: The Light Between Oceans

Sweeping romantic dramas seem to be far less common these days, appearing sparsely in screens where the rom-com or the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation tends to dominate. Therefore, for fans of the genre, The Light Between Oceans is a real treat, combining fantastic lead performances, a genuinely though-provoking plot and an artful mix of stunning score and scenery. Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines), the story begins with the arrival of traumatised ex-soldier Tom Sherbourne (Michael…

Netflix Announces Premiere Date For New Historical Drama Frontier

Promising to brighten up the post-Christmas slump, Netflix has set a premiere date for an exciting new historical period drama Frontier, due to be released 20 January 2016. Starring Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa, it looks at the violent battling between groups during the 1700s Canadian fur trade. This is great news for those fans of bloodier historical dramas, as early pictures have indicated a no-holds barred looked the wild life of Canadian frontiersman. Momoa, who has already perfected brutality and…

Review: The Crown – Episode 4 & 5 “Act of God” & “Smoke and Mirrors”

The next two episodes of The Crown turned out to be completely different creatures, with episode 4 sinking into dull melodrama before episode 5 arrived to make everything so much better. In fact, they showcased the weaknesses and strengths of this drama quite neatly in just two hours. Episode 4, "Act of God" went into full metaphor mode, using the famed Great Smog of London in 1952 to bluntly illustrate struggles under dark times. It focused mostly on Winston Churchill,…

Review: The Crown – Episode 2 & 3 “Hyde Park Corner” & “Windsor”

As The Crown moves into its second and third episodes, the high drama shows no signs of stopping. Despite sometimes slipping into some melodrama, there was plenty of romance, torment and stunning costumes to please every period drama fan. These episodes set up Elizabeth and Philip’s married bliss as they tour through Africa, far away from the constraints of Buckingham Palace. Matt Smith and Claire Foy have a wonderful chemistry, balancing each other so well that it’s all very romantic.…

The Reveal of the Poldark Series 3 Teaser Trailer

It's just 30 seconds long but there's a lot to take in. The BBC sprung the exciting new trailer of Poldark series 3 right after we were reeling from the drama of the finale, and I know for many of us fans, we didn't really have a chance to keep up! Not to worry, you can re-watch, pause and rewind it in all its glory here: So what do we know? Demelza goes to the big city! Ross and Demelza…

5 Things To Do Now That Poldark Is Finished For The Year

Season two of Poldark is over and the dark winter is setting in. What is there to brighten our Sundays now and feed our period drama addiction until Christmas? Don't panic - you can revisit the romance and drama of everyone's favourite BBC period drama with our five 'essential' ideas (we take no responsibility for any advice actually taken seriously). Buy a horse Buy or borrow, everyone in Poldark has a horse. Be urgent like Ross as he gallops along the…

Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Jane Austen month kicks off here at Lost In Drama and it’s all about the adaptations of her treasured novels. We’re beginning with the most beloved of her novels, Pride and Prejudice, and focusing on its most recent direct adaptation - director Joe Wright’s 2005 film… If you were to ask a rough selection of die-hard Austen fans, they’d doubtless name the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the best adaptation of the author’s most popular work, featuring the…