Samson

  ‘SAMSON’ MOVIE POSTER WITH TAYLOR JAMES, BILLY ZANE Supposed to hit the big screens next February! The latest movie version of famous legend on SAMSON in which the hero is played by Taylor James with Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Zane also in the cast alongside Caitlin Leahy who plays Delilah! After his youthful ambition leads to a tragic marriage, Samson’s acts of revenge thrust him into direct conflict with the Philistine army. As his brother mounts a tribal rebellion, only Samson’s relationship with a Philistine temptress and his final surrender – both to the Philistines and to God … Read more

The Alienist – TNT Series *** January 22, 2018

   ‘THE ALIENIST’ TV SERIES NEW TRAILER WITH LUKE EVANS TNT has, meanwhile, released a new trailer for their period set detective series THE ALIENIST which will start airing January 22nd! It is set in 1896, when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist, aka alienist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female … Read more

Das Boot (series)

  WW2 ‘DAS BOOT’ SERIES  JAMES D’ARCY, TOM WLASCHIHA, VINCENT KARTHEISER CAST Speaking of European epic series, a rather stellar cast has been rounded up for DAS BOOT from Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment! International cast will include Game of Thrones‘ Tom Wlaschiha, Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser, James D’Arcy and Thierry Frémont alongside Lizzy Caplan! Inspired by the Oscar nominated film of the same name from Wolfgang Petersen, the eight part series has the story set on a submarine in autumn 1942, as U-boat warfare becomes increasingly brutal. While a very young crew put out to sea on … Read more

John Thornton, Look Back at Me – part 29 (Last Chapter)

Chapter 29      On Top of the World   With all the things John had going on in his life, Nicholas and Peggy still had not had their wedding, but it seemed to now be planned for two weeks before Christmas.  Nicholas had adapted to his gentleman’s clothes and let his hair grow longer, which allowed for a more distinguished appearance that seemed to suit him rather well.  He and John had all three mills running at top performance, and life was good to both of them and their prospective brides.   On a beautiful, crisp autumn day, the town … Read more

Period Drama Forward: BodyGuard 2018

RICHARD MADDEN’S ‘BODYGUARD’ BBC has revealed the 1st photo from their 6 part drama BODYGUARD that tells the fictional story of David Budd (Richard Madden), working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), whose politics stand for everything he despises, Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, is he actually her biggest threat? Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Sixteen

Chapter Eight (continued) Ketteridge House, Leicestershire, England, December 14th, 1815 Shortly after luncheon, Alex and Porter rode into the village of Ketteridge. Alex was to visit his friend Richard Orme in his surgery, so that the doctor could examine Alex’ eyes in a more adequate way. The surgery was established in a large Georgian house opposite St Crispin’s Church. Richard had set up house there, instead of at his father’s manor, which was too far away from the village for his patients to seek him out. “Come in, Alex,” Richard said, when the men entered his examining room. “Please, sit … Read more

Medici: Masters of Florence – The Magnificent (S2)

MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE ‘THE MAGNIFICENT’ 2ND SEASON New season will also have eight episodes Now titled MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFI- CENT, the new season will be set in 15th century Florence, following the drama of the infamous Medici family, whose political and economyoung son forced to take over the family business following an attempt on the life of his father, Piero de Medici (who was the son of Richard Madden‘s Cosimo in the first season). Lorenzo wants to abandon the cynical politics of the past and usher in a new era of political freedom and creative expressionic … Read more

Gunpowder – 1st Trailer Premieres BBC One – 3 Episodes

Gunpowder is set in the year 1605 and chronicles the attempt made by Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I, all in an effort to help restore a Catholic to the crown. Among them was Robert Catesby, who was said to be the mastermind behind the operation. The plot was ultimately thwarted by authorities after explosives were spotted near Westminster Palace.  

John Thornton, Look Back at Me – pt 28

Chapter 28      The Game is Afoot   John gently rested Margaret on the couch in his sitting room.  He went to the buffet and poured them each a port.  He sensed she needed something to strengthen her consciousness. “Margaret.  What am I going to do with you?  You will have to warn me when you are about to faint because you startle me before I know it’s happening.  I’m thankful that all three times you were in my arms when it happened.”  He smiled as he handed her the wine glass. John settled next to her on the couch … Read more

Period Drama Forward: King Lear

ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON, JIM BROADBENT AND OTHERS Speaking of British drama, ‘Daily Mail’ also reports that Anthony Hopkins will play the lead role in BBC 2’s TV movie on Shakespeare’s KING LEAR! British thespians Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh will play his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Famous director Richard Eyre has also cast Jim Broadbent and Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter to play Lear’s war ministers Gloucester and Kent! Andrew Scott will be Lear’s secret protector Edgar, while Christopher Eccleston will play Oswald in the story of the Shakespeare’s old King now set in the … Read more

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Fifteen

Chapter Eight Ketteridge House, Leicestershire, England, December 14th, 1815   He had not succeeded in much courting, Alex mused, as he let his blurred gaze move around the breakfast table. Not for the first time did he realise that he could see the people at his table quite more clearly than ever before. John Wallis’ hair was a fading red and still quite abundant. His face looked strong and angular though not very much lined, but as Alex could not discern the colour of John’s eyes, he knew his vision was not sharp enough to make out the finer details. … Read more

North Water 2018 BBC

BBC’s announces they are planning to turn Ian McGuire’s novel THE NORTH WATER into a five episode period set thriller series. Set in Hull and the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s it follows Patrick Sumner, a disgraced surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax, the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of … Read more

A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL 2018

‘A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL’   FIRST PHOTO WITH HUGH GRANT & BEN WHISHAW AS HIS LOVER BBC has released earlier today the first photo from their new period set series A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL which is currently shooting to air sometime next year in three episodes and will also be aired by Amazon in USA. It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised and Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he’s desperate to hide. As long as his … Read more

Justice League *** Nov 17, 2017 US

SPOTLIGHT ON ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ WITH NEW CHARACTER POSTERS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, THE FLASH, CYBORG! ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’  NEW CHARACTER POSTERS! Warner Bros. and DC have released colourful new character posters for this year’s biggest superhero flick JUSTICE LEAGUE  that will assemble DC‘s biggest superheroes in cinemas this November directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon who finished the film but won’t be credited as the director. A rumour has it that a new trailer arrives this week  HEROES UNITE! Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman‘s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound … Read more

John Thornton, Look Bact at Me – pt 27

     A Fainting Finale   John and Margaret entered the top floor of the courthouse.  They were attending Slickson’s retirement party that was being held in the grand ballroom. John was delighted to have Margaret on his arm, and as they milled around speaking to many of the attendees, he introduced her to his business acquaintances.  John swelled with pride as he watched all the men taking an interest in her, and knowing she was his.  He escorted Margaret to sit with the Professor, along with Nicholas and Peggy, near the front, while he joined the original mill owners on … Read more

Period Drama Forward

Blade Runner 2049 Is the Triumphant Sequel Fans Deserve A spoiler-free review. Warner Bros. By Matt Miller Sep 29, 2017  Esquire Between its premiere in 1982 and the final cut in 2007, eight different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner have been released—which perfectly illustrates the embattled existence of what is otherwise one of the greatest sci-fi films ever. It was originally shown in theaters with a studio-imposed voiceover (to Bladesplain the whole thing) and a “happy ending,” which saw its heroes Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Rachael (Sean Young) riding off into a beautiful forest landscape—changes that execs believed … Read more

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Fourteen

Chapter Seven (continued) Rowena ran blindly, tears streaming from her eyes. She ran until she found a bed, and collapsed on it. In her womb, the baby was kicking wildly, causing her stomach to burn. He had kissed her! Another man – no, Alex – had kissed her, and it had felt so good, so right. Rowena gasped while violent sobs wrecked her chest. Peter … oh, why had he left her to deal with it all alone? Peter, she called his name between her sobs, hoping it would dispel her sadness. It did not, it made it only worse. … Read more

Cloepatra

Amazon will be the latest to try and put legendary Egyptian queen CLEOPATRA on the small screens as they have put into development a series with Black Sails team.  Written by Robert Levine, it is described as a revisionist take on one of history’s most misunderstood women, The Godfather in Ancient Egypt. After nearly losing her life in a bloody coup, Cleopatra must use her natural wit and political genius to take back her throne and restore honour to her family and kingdom. Let’s  hope this one makes it.