Count of Monte Cristo – New Series coming

 

 NEW TV SERIES FROM POLDARK’S WRITER AND PRODUCERS

The ITV-owned indie is working with Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield on the remake after it emerged that Aidan Turner’s scythe-wielding drama is set to come to an end following its next season.

The story, written by The Three Musketeers author Dumas, is set between 1815 and 1839 in France and Italy. It follows the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France ahead of the Hundred Days period, when Napoleon returned to power. It is an adventure story following a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.

Mammoth Screen boss Damien Timmer told Deadline that The Count of Monte Cristo was “arguably one of the most iconic and thrilling stories ever written” and that it would “follow the huge international success of Poldark.

“There are several new projects I’m working on, but following our five-year collaboration on Poldark, I’m thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Damien Timmer and Karen Thrussell at Mammoth Screen by developing The Count of Monte Cristo with them,” Horsfield told Radio Times. “Dumas’ classic is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time and we’re excited to be bringing his compelling characters and edge of the seat storytelling to the screen.”

Poldark’s scribe is working on the new series

Carmilla 2018

  1ST ‘CARMILLA’ PHOTOS
18TH CENTURY VAMPIRE DRAMA

First photos from historical horror drama CARMILLA based on Sheridan Le Fanu‘s 1871 novel set in the late 18th century! The cast includes Tobias Menzies, Greg Wise and Jessica Raine, who are no strangers to the genre of costume drama.

Emily Harris is directing the movie as her debut feature
THE STORY OF CARMILLA
Broadchurch’s Hannah Rae and young German actress Devrim Lingnauare also in the cast next to illusionist Scott Silven. Inspired by one of the earliest novels on vampires, set in the late 1780s, CARMILLA follows Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine), governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship.

The production has started back in September

However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor (Tobias Menzies), Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.

In Post Production.

Sons of Liberty 2015

In celebrating our fight for freedom from a tyrannical King, this is a true story of just a small portion that helped out nation become independent.  I thought this series was excellent.  Rent or stream if you can.  The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America. Based on true stories.

Intro

Trailer

 

 

Sam Adams Speech to Congress

Onegin 1999

A favorite

Another member of the Fiennes family leaves a mark in the film business, as Martha Fiennes makes her big-screen directorial debut with a screen adaptation of the verse novel by Aleksander Pushkin, with her big brother Ralph Fiennes in the leading role. Onegin (Fiennes) is a blase man who has grown weary of the social whirl of his life in St. Petersburg in the 1820s. Onegin’s wealthy uncle has recently passed on, bequeathing him a large estate in the country, where the financially embarrassed Onegin has now chosen to live. Onegin makes fast friends with his neighbor Lensky (Toby Stephens), who introduces Onegin to his fiancée Olga (Lena Headley). Olga in turn introduces him to her mother (Harriet Walker) and her younger sister, Tatyana (Liv Tyler). Onegin finds Tatyana interesting, and she is strongly infatuated with him, finding him coolly attractive and enjoying his straightforward way of expressing himself. Tatyana makes her feelings known to Onegin in a love letter, but he calmly rejects her advances. Lensky senses Tatyana’s attraction to Onegin and talks to him about her; Lensky is shocked when Onegin says he regards her as unintelligent, and in a moment of anger Lensky challenges his friend to a duel. Neither man wants to kill the other, but both are too stubborn to back down, and Onegin ends up shooting Lensky, forcing him to flee to parts unknown. Six years later, a older and more humble Onegin re-encounters the married Tatyana and begs her for a second chance.

Synopsis by Mark Deming

 

Vanity Fair 2018

  ‘VANITY FAIR’ TV SERIES – 7 Episodes 
Vanity Fair will air in seven hourlong episodes    (IMDB says 8 episodes)

ITV’s new period set series VANITY FAIR published at ‘Radio Times’! We still don’t know when is ITV planning to air the costume drama based on William Thackeray‘s famous novel, whether in Autumn or maybe even during summer. Set in the Napoleonic era it follows the destiny of resourceful Becky Sharp played by Olivia Cooke.

 

The seven part drama coming from Poldark‘s and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen, is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing,

Olivia Cooke the star of Spielberg’s Ready Player One takes the lead

cheating, fighting and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.

 

A RATHER STELLAR CAST INDEED

Her main love interest daft Captain Rawdon Crawley is played by Tom Bateman with Charlie Rowe as poor soldier George Osborne, Johnny

After airing on ITV in UK, Vanity Fair will air on Amazon too in US

Flynn as Dobbin, Martin Clunes as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Touras Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones as snobbish Miss Pinkerton and

The saga is based on William Thackeray’s classic novel

Michael Palin as Thackeray himself. Claudia Jessie will play Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley, with Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinneras her parents, and David Fynn as her brother Joss.

Dickinson (TV series)

   HAILEE STEINFELD TO LEAD

We’ve really had a great week announcing new period set projects and here’s another one to finish it in the same vein:Hailee Steinfeld will lead Apple’s costume series DICKINSON on the famous American poet, but it will be a half hour comedy series! 

DICKINSON 
will be set in the 1800’s during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is Emily’s coming of age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard.
The series will, sadly, be a comedy one

 

Poldark Season 4

   ‘POLDARK’ SEASON 4
STARTS NEXT SUNDAY AT BBC!
Are you excited people? The fourth, and most probably the penultimate, season of popular British period set saga POLDARK starts its eight episode run next Sunday, June 10th on BBC, and for the viewers in Northern America on PBS Masterpiecelater next Autumn September 30th! Everybody’s favourite Captain Ross Poldark will, as he himself admits, sell his soul and go into politics after refusing to do so in previous three seasons. Tough times require drastic measures.
Season four starts Sunday, June 10th at BBC
SEASON FOUR OF POLDARK
set in the 18th century Cornwall will see Ross (Aidan Turner) putting himself as a political rival to his dastardly enemy George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), and possibly moving to London. Turmoil will rule in his private life as well after his shameless adulteress wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) has cold-heartedly cheated on him with Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse), a man whose life Ross saved by heroically risking his own which obviously did not mean much to his flimsy wife. She is obviously still torn between her loving husband and a lovesick Hugh, who is set to rival George in the upcoming election but due to his poor health Ross will obviously have to take over his candidacy and chalange George himself. Their friends Dwight and Caroline Enyse (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde) contemplate having a child and the love of Ross’ youth Elizabeth (Heida Reed) seeks the same to secure her marriage with his biggest enemy Warleggan who still does not know their son Valentine is not his but Poldark’s. Meanwhile, their ex nanny Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) uses her husband Osborne’s (Christian Brassington) affair with her sister Rowella (Esme Coy) to keep the reverend’s advances at bay! Harry Richardson and Tom  York return as Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam ready for a lot of new trouble with law. Series four will cover the happenings until the Christmas period of 1799. The fifth season will probably start with a ten year jump.
Aidan Turner’s Captain Ross Poldark will head to Westminster this season
Demelza’s and Ross’ marriage will suffer due to her adultery
The Enyses will be expecting a baby at the beginning of the season
Elizabeth still hides from George that little Valentine isn’t his son but Ross’
The beauty of Cornwall will dominate this season as well! Click for bigger view
Warlegans will try to increase their power in London
Rejoice! Season 4 opens with Ross coming out of the ocean like this!

 

VILLAINOUS MONK ADDERLEY

When it comes to new faces in the cast, Max Bennett joins the crew as a villainous member of parliament Monk Adderley who takes a particular interest in Demelza! He is an unscrupulous and very vivid society figure without conscience and loyalty.

FORMIDABLE LADY WHITWORTH

Meanwhile, Rebecca Front also joins the cast as Lady Whitworth, formidable mother of perverse reverend Osborne who does not care that her son loves to suck female toes in his free time. The arrival of his overbearing mother will bring more trouble to Morwenna.