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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…

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,…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 2

Decline and Fall continued to delight this week with its second episode, packed full again with witty dialogue, sharp visual gags and easy performances from a lively cast. Despite a leading man that many find polarising, and vague marketing, this show has excelled expectations and done the author of the source novel very proud indeed. After a busy set-up episode, the sequel largely transported us away from the stuffy boarding school of Paul Pennyweather's (Jack Whitehall) employment and into the bourgerious…

Review: Decline and Fall – Episode 1

The BBC unveiled their latest classic novel adaptation in the form of Decline and Fall, a televised version of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 comic novel. Featuring comedian Jack Whitehall as the lead and boasting American star Eva Longoria, it promises a light tone and easy humour. It achieved this well, but in the end it was the source material that really was the star of episode one, with sharp quotes punctuating busy scenes. Despite an unusual leading couple, Decline and Fall…

BBC Confirms Adaptations of ‘Howard’s End’ & ‘The Woman In White’

There's an exciting year ahead for period drama fans with the BBC's confirmation of two new classic novel adaptations, E.M. Forster's Howard's End and Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White. Both are being crafted by top writers and already have an impressive cast. [caption id="attachment_611" align="alignright" width="230"] L: Matthew Mcfadyen R: Hayley Atwell[/caption] The novel Howard's End is centred around three English families in the early 20th century. It's a complex look at Edwardian social classes, and was memorably adapted into…

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…

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…

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…