Peterloo 2018

In US November 9, 2018   |    PG-13   |    2hr 32min


An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

Class of ’61

Surprised was I, being a Daughter of the American Revolution and a Daughter of the Confederacy to find a Civil War film, I’ve never seen.  It’s from 1993, starring a young Josh Lucas, Clive Owen, Laura Linny. My family settled in Virginia before the revolution.


Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

The titular year refers to the class of 1861, and the implied school is the venerable West Point Academy. This made-for-television drama centers on one of that classes most illustrious students, George Armstrong Custer, and tells how the Civil War affected his friendship with two classmates, one who supported the Union and the other a staunch believer in the Confederate cause. Custer himself stood between, wrestling with his own convictions.



Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton’s slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

Currently playing on NetFlix this month


The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Sixty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Crestwell Abbey, Cumberland, April 17th, 1816

Alex watched Rowena lift the Holland cover from a small escritoire. It was of Louis XV style in delicate rosewood with mother-of-pearl inlay and had multiple small drawers in its upper part.

“Of course, you will find nothing in it, my lady,” Philby warned. “The master made certain that everything was removed before we were allowed to take it from the room.”

His wife was touching the inlays with a trembling hand, tears in her eyes, so Alex could not help himself. “We could take it with us if you are fond of it, Rowena.”

“How well I remember this,” she breathed. “My mother often used to take me on her lap when she was writing letters. She taught me every hidden little hole the desk possessed. I doubt Roderick knew them all, since he never came to her chambers. He was away for the best part of the year to London or elsewhere anyway. I do not think he would have known this hidden space.”

She drew the fingers of her right hand under the top of the inlaid desk until they met a hidden catch. The top went up, revealing a shallow section almost as broad as the top itself. In there was a slim bundle of papers wrapped together with a red ribbon and sealed with red wax. Rowena took it and showed it to Alex.

Last Will and Testament of George Philip Matthew Drake, Baronet Daveston


The rest of the day passed in a flurry of activities, the one even more surprising than the other. Alex took Rowena straight away to Carlisle and Mr Thaddeus Beaumont in Blackfriars Street, who was Lord Carlisle’s solicitor. He sent a note to the lord himself, asking him to join them at the office of Horace Bleak, Roderick’s solicitor. While they were heading toward their destination, Rowena sat listening to the conversation between her husband and the solicitor.

She was still dazed – and extremely happy – by what they read in her father’s will. Papa had not left her penniless after all but granted her the considerable sum of ten-thousand pounds in addition to Fairhaven, the small property near Thursby. Roderick had deliberately fooled her into thinking she would receive nothing but to succeed, it was clear that Bleak must have agreed to go along with the scheme. So now they were going to confront the man.

They arrived before Lord Carlisle did, but that did not dissuade Alex from barging in forcibly. He smothered Bleak’s protests by grabbing him by his lapels and literally lifting him from the floor.

“I will see the will of the late Baronet Daveston now, Mr Bleak, so ask your clerk to produce it right away.”

The scrawny, weasel-like man started to protest as soon as his feet touched the ground again.

“Sir, I am not at liberty to do that. You would need to acquire Lord Daveston’s permission.”

Mr Beaumont interfered. “Mr Bleak, are you aware that your client is at death’s door? He suffered major injuries in a fire at his house yesterday. Lord and Lady Ketteridge are entitled to request that you show them the will. If this does not convince you, I can tell you that Lord Carlisle is on his way here with a search warrant.”

Bleak’s narrow face blanched. “But … but … Lady Ketteridge was appraised of her father’s will last year after he died. She knows the contents well enough to understand that there were no provisions made for her by her father.”

His face contorting in a wicked grin, Alex pulled the papers from his pocket and trust them under the solicitor’s nose. “Kindly take a look at this, Mr Bleak. You will be unpleasantly surprised, I assure you.”

Bleak reluctantly took the documents, read the first page and blanched. “I do not understand,” he started wining. “This is unknown to me, I swear.”

Rowena stood in awe at her husband’s display of sheer authority. He did not yell or use unnecessary violence, apart from the initial lifting of the man, who clearly was intent on defying him. Alex only raised himself to his impressive, full height and coldly stated what he wanted.

“My good man,” he said in a deceptively neutral voice, “let me present the two options that lie before you. You can give me the will of your own accord or, while we wait for the constables to arrive, I start tearing apart your pathetic excuse for an office, until I find it. Now, what will it be? I warn you that my patience is running dangerously thin, so do not tarry overlong.”

Horace Bleak was not a brave man nor was he a simpleton. He uttered a deep sigh and went to a filing cabinet behind his desk. After a few moments, he retrieved a document similar to the one Alex put under his nose.

“This is what Lord Daveston gave me after his father died.”

Mr Beaumont took the paper and began reading. “It is the version we already know, my lord,” he said to Alex after a while and handed it to him. “Were you present when this was drawn?”

Bleak looked positively embarrassed now. “No, indeed, sir, I was not. Lord Daveston summoned me the day after his father’s demise and produced the document. All I had was the will the late Lord Daveston had me draw up years ago. I was not even aware that he had made a new will in the first place.”

“Cursed” 2019


Netflix is preparing fantasy historical serial CURSED based on Arthurian legends and now they’ve cast 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford as famous Lady of the Lake, Nimue! Zetna Fuentes will direct and executive produce the ten-part series.
CURSED  is, as ‘Deadline’ reports, a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. It is a coming of age story whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.
The series will be based on the comic book based on Arthurian legends
Golden Globe nominee Langdon will lead the cast
Beautiful new epic series to announce for you after a whole week of brilliant news from the historical series front! ‘Deadline’ reports that Netflix has ordered a ten episode TV adaptation of CURSED following Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legends.
CURSED, based on Frank Miller (300, Sin City, Ronin) and Tom Wheeler’s upcoming illustrated YA book of the same name, is told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.
The comic book is out this Autumn


Pegasus Bridge

Rupert Penry Jones, Jason Flemyng in PEGASUS BRIDGE. In the early hours of the 6th of June 1944 Allied Airborne Forces launched one of most daring assaults in history. 181 men in 6 gliders landed at night to capture two bridges vital to the success of the D-Day landings, one of these would become known as PEGASUS BRIDGE. The men who captured and held these objectives were led by two very different young leaders. Major John Howard led the Infantry who managed to land their gliders a stone’s throw from the bridge and Colonel Geoffrey Pine Coffin (Rupert Penry Jones) led the men of the 7th Parachute Battalion who occupied the surrounding ground and held off the German counter attacks.
Rupert Penry Jones will lead the cast of Pegasus Bridge

Rupert Penry-Jones has always been a favored actor of mine. I’ve been waiting a long time for him to come out with something serious. If you haven’t seen him in Jane Austen’s “PERSUASION”, your missing a great story.

Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 6:44pm
Moustache Movie News reports on the Airborne Television Series shooting next month, which the writer of Pegasus Bridge is working on -
Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 5:09am
Don't forget this weekend is the Victory Show in Leicestershire - a fantastic event suitable for the entire family -
Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 2:21am
A nice blog for the TV Pilot Paratrooper, the WW2 drama project we mentioned before about British Airborne. They start filming in...
Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 4:51am
We're giving a shout out to actor and US Veteran, Chris Mayo someone who has supported our film for a long time. Thanks for your kind words of support, we wish the film was not back in development again. Chris...
Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 12:18am
Not many people write and sing a song about Pegasus Bridge, but Nick Wright has -
Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 3:26am
Great article on the new Paratrooper pilot, in the Military Times - Best of luck to everyone on the production from the Pegasus Team. -

A Discovery of Witches


After their epic dramas Jamestown and Britannia, British Sky is ready to present us with their new fantasy series A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES which hits small screens Friday September 14th and will later on air on HBO

A Discovery of Witches starts next week September 14th

in USA (I think it will also hit HBO cable channels around the world this month). The eight episode adaptation of Deborah Harkness All Souls 

The scenes are shoot in the replica of famous Oxford Bodleian Library

trilogy will see Matthew Goode playing a vampire (that goes to church and does not have fangs and is planning to go to Scotland to feed on deer instead of humans) and Teresa Palmer as an unsuspecting witch.


follows American academic and reluctant witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), who’s in denial about her magical heritage until her discovery in

Teresa Palmer is Diana Bishop who discovers she is a witch when the Ashmole 782 flies into her hand and the magic runs down from it into her body.

Oxford’s Bodleian Library of Ashmole 782, an ancient mystical manuscript which all the supernatural beings want to get their hands on. This throws her into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and into the path of the vampire

Matthew Goode is vampire Clairmont who is trying not to drink human blood which gives him blood rage and makes him go wild.

professor. Despite an ancient distrust between witches and vampires (who all live around us and look like regular people who go to work), she seeks the help of Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) who is, in fact, a geneticist trying

Trevor Eve plays evil vampire Gerbert who is based on Sylvester II, who was Pope from the year 999 to his death in 1003 and faced accusations of sorcery!

to uncover why his vampire species is dying out. Together they face a barrage of supernatural threats as they probe the book’s secrets, while a forbidden romance blossoms between them.



The cast also includes Alex Kingston as Diana’s witch aunt and guardian Sarah Bishop, while Valarie Pettiford is Sarah’s lesbian partner Emily.

Alex Kingston is a powerful witch, Diana’s lesbian aunt

Lindsay Duncan appears as Clairmont’s mother Ysabeau, a vampire who really cannot stand witches, and Trevor Eve is evil 1,000 year old vampire

Lindsay Duncan is a powerful vampire, Clairmont’s mother who hates witches

Gerbert d’Aurillac who also happens to be a former pope. Nothing strange there, right? He will try to destroy the relationship between Diana and Clairmont.