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This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 15th October 2017

News relating to period dramas has been thin on the ground this week. This is rather unsurprising, since a much larger story about the entertainment industry has taken up much of the media's attention - and for a very good reason. I won't go into it too much here, but the allegations against Harvey Weinstein are awful and representative of a systemic rot, where powerful men feel like they can freely abuse and buy their victims' silence. This was going on…

‘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…

This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 13th August 2017

It's been a crazy week with no less than two huge bombshells in the world of period dramas, along with the usual updates and articles. There's loads to look forward to - give the stories below a read and get caught up... Season 2 of The Crown gets its first trailer This was the sort of news that couldn't wait! Netflix released the first trailer for season 2 of The Crown and it is 90 seconds of pure thrilling drama.…

The Battle of Style vs. Substance in Period Dramas and Film

A few weeks ago, I was discussing a new studio film with a colleague when I was reminded of a particular debate among film lovers. He hadn't really enjoyed the film, which I had loved, and declared it as being 'too much style over substance'. I agreed, but was quietly fascinated by the fact that its showy flourishes had instilled adoration in me, but had repelled my colleague. Is there value in giving a film a free pass, even if…

Top 10 Period Drama Dance Scenes

All the best period dramas have their dramatic dance scenes. Why? Well, they're usually breathtakingly romantic for a start, usually with flowing gowns and beautifully orchestrated music. However, they're also usually the perfect tool for a pivotal scene for the central couple, whether they're dealing with jealousy or realising their true feelings. It's also worth noting that for many traditional period dramas, particularly those set pre-1850s, this is the closest we get to a romantically passionate scene. For some, the slightest touch…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Scoundrels

So we've looked at the heroines and we've ranked the heroes, but what about Jane Austen's villainous scoundrels? There's one in every novel, providing the perfect distraction for the leading lady, usually by throwing a few spanners in the works. Readers and viewers of the screen adaptations love to hate them: they're the bad boy foil to the dreamboat hero. That's why I've introduced a slightly new feature to this list - instead of a 'lesson learned' point (because lets…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroes

After our definitive ranking of the heroines, it's time to look at Jane Austen's heroes. They're a far trickier bunch, since Austen approached her narratives from the female point of view and we see the men through their perspective. Not only that, but they're given less character development too. This isn't a big problem, but it has led to the heroes being frequently defined instead by their portrayals in screen adaptations, which offer far more opportunities for a detailed take.…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroines

Jane Austen writes some fabulous characters, from bold heroines to romantic heroes and sneaky scoundrels. To celebrate Jane Austen month, we're publishing three lists, ranking her most iconic figures from her six full novels. Let's start with the heroines - the characters we spend the most time with, sharing their joys and trials as they negotiate Austen's social landscape. Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Who else? Let's be real here, Lizzie is the girl we all want to be. She's…