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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 4th February 2018

With awards season in full swing, news that doesn't involve a little gold statuette has been pretty thin on the ground in the last couple of weeks. As ever with awards though, period dramas have been well represented at the Oscars, from Rachel Morrison's historical nomination for Best Cinematography on Mudbound, to Phantom Thread's recognition for Costume Design and The Shape of Water's 13 nods. We'll be reviewing a few of those films over the next few weeks, starting with…

Review: Darkest Hour

The obsession with Winston Churchill on screen continues into this year with Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. This time, the film is Oscar nominated, with Gary Oldman's performance as the wartime prime minister singled out as the one to take Best Actor. Despite all these plaudits, the film feels unnecessary - a ponderous exercise and a caricature of a man whose portrayals peaked with John Lithgow in The Crown. Directed by Joe Wright, this film should be a period drama staple.…

Review: The Alienist – Episode 1

In a dark and brooding kind of month, what better than a dark and brooding kind of drama? Enter The Alienist, an adaptation of Caleb Carr's best-selling novel set in 1896 New York City. Directed by Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror) and produced by Cary Fukanaga (True Detective, 2011's Jane Eyre), the drama has the weight of top television creators behind it. Episode one made a compelling start to the four-part series. It followed Dr Laszlo Kriezler (Daniel Bruhl), an 'alienist'…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 21st January 2018

Awards season and Sundance film festival are both in full swing, leaving entertainment news fairly focused on big interviews and event coverage. For me, it's frustrating to have to wait to see these award-winning films talked about without a close UK release, particularly Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water, which I've been looking forward to forever. Still, for now we can make do with potentially great television - Britannia and The Alienist are on the to-do list. I also…

Review: Hostiles

Hostiles begins as many past Westerns have - with an attack. Conducted with brutal detachment, we witness a native tribe murder a white family in 1892 America and burn down a settlement before leaving it to dust. A lone woman is left without the life she had previously, cut from roots and overwhelmed by the prospect of building anything from the nothing she has left. What we're less prepared for is a reflection on the limitations of that portrayal. We're…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 14th January 2018

The January blues are upon us but there's still plenty on the small screen to entertain. This week we're awaiting the release of two intriguing historical dramas and have received news of two big casting announcements. Are you ready? Let's begin... Two experimental historical dramas meet their due date As the Christmas trees go back to the garage, the time for cosy costume dramas of bonnets and cravats is over. In its place we've got two bombastic television shows to…

Review: Little Women – Episode 3

Finally Lost In Drama reaches our episode three review of Little Women, although very late - sorry! A case of festive frivolities and the inevitable flu that followed wiped out writing for a period. A very belated Happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and I hope the winter break went well for you all. Catch up with our reviews of episode one and two if you haven't already! Now, the final episode of Little Women has been rewatched so…

Review: Little Women – Episode 2

The next episode of Little Women continued to race through a number of plot points at breakneck speed, leaving us all wondering how on earth previous film versions have managed to cram in everything in just two thirds of the time. In one hour, Jo's improbable career found a boost, Laurie made a move, Amy was bored, Meg got married and Beth almost succumbed to a fatal illness - plus, lots more. There was much to weep over and the drama…

Meet The Real People Behind Five Classic Historical Dramas

Watching period dramas is one of the safest ways to escape the present. So, even though we aren’t able to travel in time, we can go back in the past by watching some of the best period dramas created. Today, we're looking at the real people that inspired five classic dramas, to separate a little fact from fiction. [caption id="attachment_1366" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Credit: HanWay Films[/caption] Becoming Jane (2007) If you’re a fan of period dramas, you must be acquainted with Jane…

Review: Little Women – Episode 1

In the canon of beloved novels, Little Women has been a treasured part of many childhoods. From cultural references (warning: very old spoilers) to many affectionate adaptations, the BBC bravely chose their latest screen version as the star of their Christmas schedule. It's a starry affair, with Emily Watson portraying matriarch Marmee, Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Michael Gambon as Mr Lawrence. The younger actors are less known but no less talented, with Uma Thurman's daughter Maya Hawke playing tomboy…