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Review: The Limehouse Golem

The dark streets of Victorian London are full of riches of an unconventional kind. In The Limehouse Golem, ambitious orphan Elizabeth Cree looks for redemption in the glowing orbs of the theatre, cross-dressing actor Dan Leno searches for adoration in the crowds that come to see him and a year later, Inspector Kildare searches for an answer to a gruesome spree of murders that spreads a web across the murky alleyways. A period drama that delights in mystery and horror,…

‘As seen in’: 10 Stately Homes From Period Dramas

As a genre, period dramas often rely on certain features to really enhance the story. One is dance scenes, of course, but another notable essential is a beautiful backdrop. Stately homes and castles frequently make an appearance and often, they've been a background character for several titles. In the selection below, we've picked out some popular locations - do you recognise some from your favourite dramas? [caption id="attachment_1015" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Haddon Hall, Peak District[/caption] Haddon Hall Haddon Hall has doubled…

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…

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch (or Rewatch) BBC’s 2016 War and Peace

Between January and February 2016, the BBC aired a new adaptation of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's epic tome, War & Peace. Split into six episodes of around an hour, it was scripted by period drama veteran Andrew Davies (of 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries fame) and picked up 25% of the TV audience share in its first hour. Television critics raved about it, but it received a more mixed reaction among Tolstoy experts and social media users. Much was made…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 23rd July 2017

All the film and television news is coming from San Diego this week with Comic Con, but we've got a few period drama updates for you. Don't forget to catch up on BBC iPlayer too - yesterday had a whole afternoon devoted to Jane Austen to celebrate her bicentenary, and there's a number of documentaries now on offer if you can catch them! In the meantime, catch up on everything else here. Natalie Portman's Planetarium gets a US release date…

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…

A Late Arrival’s Thoughts on Outlander Episode 1

As a television show that aired in 2014, I understand that I'm a very late arrival to the period drama Outlander. Yet despite being a British-American production filmed in Scotland, the show has only been aired on television channels in the US, Canada and Australia, whilst British audiences have only been able to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription. Part of this was due to the reluctance of British broadcasters to show the adult content of the show, and it's…

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Edinburgh Film Festival Review: In Dubious Battle

After coming to prominence as part of Hollywood's 'Frat Pack' in the early noughties, James Franco has supplemented his work as an actor with a determined approach to becoming a prolific director. He's clearly putting the work in - after taking part in an Of Mice and Men production on Broadway in 2014, he's since directed no less than eight feature films, many of which are book adaptations. The work hasn't been consistent in quality, but his latest, In Dubious Battle, shows…