Britannia – 01/18/18 BBC

 SKY’S ‘BRITANNIA’
EPIC SERIES TO AIR JANUARY!
Britannia will start January 18th!

Sky Atlantic has finally revealed the date when their new Roman Age set epic series BRITANNIA will start airing – January 18th next year! The series will have eight hour long episodes with the 90 minute opening one!

DRUIDS VS ROME
When the Romans invade Britain in 43AD, Kerra (Kelly Reilly), daughter of the King of the Cantii, is forced to put her differences aside with arch rival Queen Antedia

Kerra leads her warriors into battle against Romans

(Zoe Wanamaker) to face their invaders. The Romans, led by General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey), are determined to succeed where Julius Caesar

Kelly Reilly and David Morrisson lead the cast

failed and conquer this mythical land at the far edge of the Roman Empire. Aulus is a strong and resilient leader, but harbours a deep secret that

10 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 10
9 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 9
8 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 8
7 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 7
6 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 6
5 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 5
4 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 4
3 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 3
2 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 2
1 Jan 18, 2018 Episode 1
Stanley Weber also stars in Britannia

threatens his mission. As tribes and Druids unite to fight the Romans, Kerra is thrust into the most important role of her life as she spearheads the resistance against the might of the Roman army.

I hear that the above trailer is geoblocked which means you cannot watch it in North America, if that is the case with you check out this one below:

 

Howards End (BBC and Starz Drama Series

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON ‘HOWARDS END’ PERIOD SET BBC SERIES WITH MATTHEW MACFADYEN, HAYLEY ATWELL, TRACEY ULLMAN, JULIA ORMOND, JOSEPH QUINN ‘HOWARDS END’BBC & STARZ PERIOD SET DRAMA

Just three days before the start of the official airing, BBC One has finally released a trailer for their new period set drama HOWARDS END. The four episode drama starts airing this Sunday in four episodes, with Starz broadcasting the story of two couples caught in a swirling landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England sometime next year for the audience in USA.

HOWARDS END, based on E.M. Forster’s classic novel, focuses on Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell), an intelligent, idealistic, bohemian young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly.

Oscar winning Manchester By The Sea scribe wrote the script.

Meanwhile, Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn), a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar).  In the absence of their parents, who have died, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) on the straight and narrow.

 

Source: HOLLYWOOD SPY

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

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 fictional present with the tyrannical Lear using the Tower of London as the base for his military dictatorship!

Aug 2017

BBC2’s King Lear will be a contemporary version

Follow Up  Oct 2017

BBC has also officially confirmed their work on new TV movie KING LEAR. Hollywood Spy was among the first in the world to announce this project which, set in the fictional present, sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh are his daughters. Jim Broadbent is Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott is his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter is Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston is Oswald, Tobias Menzies is Duke of Cornwall. Karl Johnson is set to play Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.

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 redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.

Andrew Haigh is directing the series

 

‘THE BIRDS’

BBC TO TURN ‘THE BIRDS’
INTO A NEW TV DRAMA!
This has not been officially confirmed yet, but, as ‘Digital Spy’ reports today, BBC is planning on turning famous THE BIRDS novel byDaphne du Maurier into a TV movie. Unlike the famous Hitchcock’s classic movie, this one will be true to the novel with the action being set in British Cornwall! The new television adaptation will be set in picturesque rural Cornwall, where a farmhand and his community is being terrorised by flocks of birds and seagulls shortly after the end of the Second World War.