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…

The 5 Best Modern Interpretations of Classic Texts

Traditional period dramas are beloved for their accurate historical costumes and otherworldly setting of different manners and perspectives. However, when you take their literary sources and transplant it into a world that’s familiar, do they lose their power? Not always. If these adaptations are anything to go by, sometimes a classic text is as comfortable in the 90s and 2000s as it is in its own setting of corsets, letters and no electricity. Here’s the best and why they work… Clueless…

Review: The Crown – Episode 1 “Wolferton Splash”

When it comes to period dramas, we fans are used to being patient. Outnumbered by superhero movies, television quiz shows and Channel 4 ‘documentaries’, we might be lucky enough to get a couple of period drama films or a few episodes per year. Never before have we been able to actually do that coveted Netflix binge with our favourite genre, but thanks to The Crown, bonfire night became less about fireworks than it did about hunkering down on the sofa…

Introduction To Lost In Drama

Welcome to Lost In Drama, an entertainment site devoted to period dramas and classic adaptations on screen. As well as reviews, you can expect news, retrospectives and fun features designed to please those who have dreamt of living in a different time in history. But first, the toughest question - what does this site classify as a period drama? It would seem obvious, since period dramas are by their definition, narratives that either place an emphasis or are distinctly driven by the…