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This Week in Period Dramas – The Christmas Edition 17th December 2017

It's been a while since I've done one of these, as a combination of holidays, big period dramas and the instant arrival of an entire season of The Crown (thanks, Netflix) has kept me busy. So let's jump right back in, as the season of giving has left quite a bit of period drama-shaped previews in the last few weeks. Even better, UK fans can look forward to adaptations of Little Women and Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist gracing our screens over…

Review: Howards End – Episode 4

The final episode of the BBC's Howards End raced to its conclusion, leaving both us and its characters in quiet reflection. Much has changed since the chaotic London house of the Shlegels in the beginning of the story, as oldest sister Margaret now spends her days in a rich stately home (West Wycombe House provides the setting), compromising daily with her boorish husband Henry. Helen, meanwhile, has vanished to Germany, refusing to speak to her family. Tibby is the only…

Review: Howards End – Episode 3

After some packed episodes, Howards End dropped its pace ever so slightly for episode three, turning its focus onto the key themes of inequality and self. Spoilers ahead, but self is exactly what one character is losing, as Margaret Schlegel finds herself drawn ever closer into the wealthy life of family patriarch Henry Wilcox. His proposal to her is something of a mystery. When it's accepted, his first steps are to 'discuss business', rather than take a romantic stroll around…

Review: Howards End – Episode 2

Episode two of Howards End flew past in record style, to the point where I had to check my watch for the time. It's a mark of the strength of the Hettie Macdonald's directing and Kenneth Lonergan's writing that these episodes are so engrossing. They certainly don't feel like the 55-minute running time. This episode begins with a big reveal (spoilers, obviously), as Ruth Wilcox's final note before her death bequeaths the family home Howards End to Margaret Schlegel. Margaret…

Review: Howards End – Episode 1

Lost In Drama has returned from hiatus! Did I miss much? Just kidding, I really pick my moments because it's only been a couple weeks and all this came out - Howards End, Peaky Blinders, Mudbound, Alias Grace and 1922. I would cry 'help!' but I'll just get started on the one I was most looking forward to. I'll be releasing the first three Howard's End episode reviews over the next few days as I get caught up. The BBC's…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 5th November 2017

News was a bit thin on the ground this week so it's just a quick update! It's good though - the following news reminds us of how much we can expect to look forward to, with two flagship shows arriving in just a couple weeks. Let's get started... Peaky Blinders season 4 finally gets a release date The BBC have been keeping the Peaky Blinders air date under wraps for quite a while, but they've finally confirmed that the first…

Review: Gunpowder (Episodes 1-3)

Perfectly timed to conclude just before Guy Fawkes' day, BBC's latest historical drama Gunpowder took us behind the scenes of the infamous 1605 plot. A brainchild of Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, it tells the story of Robert Catesby (a distant ancestor of Harington's) and the reasons behind his decision to attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The final direction of the plot won't be a surprise to anyone, but the BBC have attempted to counterbalance this…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 29th October 2017

Happy Sunday! It's been a very busy week in terms of news, almost to the point that I was desperate to make this post earlier, but no, it's a Sunday schedule for a reason. As well as three massive trailers, there are also a few smaller bits of news, including one about everyone's favourite royal drama... Olivia Colman to replace Claire Foy in The Crown season 3 In delightful news, British actress Olivia Colman will be taking on the role…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 8th October 2017

It's been a crazy week in the film industry but quieter in the smaller world of period dramas. For now, the BBC is largely dominating news announcements, with several upcoming shows to look forward to. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying having so much to watch, and feeling guilty about not watching enough! Whoever has already seen Goodbye, Christopher Robin or has watched the first episode of The Last Post, you're doing better than I am. Let me know in…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 3rd September 2017

It's all about the small screen this week with the release of new sneak peaks, exclusive videos and official pictures for upcoming tv shows. Get ready for the next season of period dramas and get stuck into our weekly update... First official picture released of Kit Harington in Gunpowder A first look at new BBC drama Gunpowder has been released, showing star Kit Harington in full costume (see above!). Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, will star as Robert Catesby,…