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Review: Victoria – Season 1

There's being late to the party and then there's panic watching eight hours of a series to be prepared for the sophomore season starting tonight. So first, apologies for not taking Victoria seriously when everyone was saying how great it was. I have only myself and Poldark to blame, since the Cornish BBC drama aired around the same time and made me choose every Sunday. Oh, and I'll blame the production company Masterpiece too - they made both excellent television…

Review: Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan has become synonymous with mind-bending budget blockbusters, from his polarising sci-fi Inception to recent space epic Interstellar. This time he's focused on a subject more grounded with Dunkirk, a historical thriller set in the 1940 evacuation of British troops from the French coast. The final product is breathtaking in scale and unconventional in its storytelling approach. Dunkirk is divided into three intersecting stories - the beach, the sea and the air. Newcomer Fionn Whitehead leads the cast…

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Edinburgh Film Festival Review: Maudie

'Looking through that window, you see the whole of life already formed' Making its quiet entrance onto the festival circuit, Maudie brings the remarkable life of one woman to international audiences. Some may be familiar with Maud Lewis' (nee Dowley) artwork, as one of Canada's best known folk artists who passed away in 1970. As a joint effort between Canadian screenwriter Sherry White and Irish director Aisling Walsh, this film brings Maud Lewis to vibrant life with quiet pride. The…

Edinburgh Film Festival Review: The King’s Choice (Kongens nei)

Welcome to the first review in our coverage from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017! We've picked out the best historical biopics and period dramas from the schedule, so look out for more reviews in the next week. Wherever your education, chances are that your history lessons on large world events stayed largely rooted in the actions of your own country. We witness past wars from the side of whoever our ancestors fought for, and understand our own pocket of history…

Review: Churchill

Films have a tendency to turn in a trend to a particular point in history in a kind of reaction to modern society and politics. This year, there's been an increase in films set during World War II, such as Dunkirk, Alone in Berlin and The Zookeeper's Wife. For British film and television in particular, this has lead to a focus on prime minister Winston Churchill, renowned as the symbol of British resistance during the war. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky…

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…

Poldark Producers Optioning Historical Novels ‘The Lymond Chronicles’ For New Series

In exciting news for Poldark fans, producers Mammoth Screen have optioned historical novel series The Lymond Chronicles and will be pitching their ideas for an adaptation to top broadcasters. News revealed by the novelist's fan society, the series has a strong fan following and promise pure romance with high drama and action. Written by Dorothy Dunnett, The Lymond Chronicles comprises of six novels published from 1961 to 1975. It follows the story of a charismatic young Scottish nobleman, called Francis Crawford…

First Trailer Released For Historical Drama ‘Viceroy’s House’

The trailer has been released for new feature film Viceroy's House, which follows the true story of the politics and people behind the Partition of India in 1947. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham), it stars Hugh Bonneville as the last Viceroy of India and Gillian Anderson as his wife Lady Edwina. The BBC films production is backed by a stellar British cast, including Michael Gambon and Simon Callow, as well as a multinational roll…

Review: Rillington Place – Episode 3

This week, the three-part series Rillington Place evolved itself from harrowing to completely unnerving with the final episode. As Tim Evans fought for his life in front of a judge, he found his word counted for little in the face of an already biased courtroom. Meanwhile John Christie began to become more reckless than ever, whilst Ethel's dissent against her husband's actions proved to be fatal. Tim Roth was even more creepy and terrifying than ever in a episode that finally…