Northanger Abbey 2007

Northanger Abbey 2007

 Northanger Abbey 2007
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Georgian 1978
 Northanger Abbey was filmed in England and first telecast in the U.S. on December 2, 1987. This 90-minute adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel incorporates the author’s usual interconnecting themes of true love and acquisition of wealth, and tosses in a little Gothic mystery for good measure. Katherine Schlesinger stars as the 17-year-old heroine, who has been encouraged to seek out a suitably rich husband while on holiday in Bath. She finds the love of her life, and also more excitement than she ever dreamt possible. Veteran British movie personality Googie Withers is cast as a mercenary matron. Northanger Abbey was PBS’ second Masterpiece Theatre presentation of the 1987-88 season

 Jon Jones
Writer / Screenplay:
 Jane Austen, Andrew Davies
Major Cast:
 Felicity Jones, JJ Feild, Carey Mulligan, William Beck, Catherine Walker
Film Locations:
  • Ardbraccan House, County Meath, Ireland
    (Fullerton church and rectory)
  • Charleville Forest Castle, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Dublin Castle, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    (Beechen Cliff scenic walk)
  • Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Higginsbrook, Trim, County Meath, Ireland
    (rectory at Fullerton)
  • King’s Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Lismore Castle, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
    (Northanger Abbey)
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Northanger Abbey 1987
Northanger Abbey 1987




The Affair of the Necklace 2001

The Affair of the Necklace

Affair of the Necklace  2001
 Georgian  1781
 Historical Romantic Drama
 In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklaceBased on a true story.

 Charles Shyer
Writer / Screenplay:
John Sweet
Major Cast:
Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan
Christopher Walken as Count Cagliostro
Simon Baker as Rétaux de Villette
Adrien Brody as Nicholas de Lamotte
Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette
Brian Cox as Baron de Breteuil/Narrator
Simon Shackleton as King Louis XVI
Hermione Gulliford as Nicole Leguay d’Oliva
Hayden Panettiere as Young Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Film Locations:
 Alincourt, Ardennes, France
Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Chateau Kacina, Czech Republic
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
Compiègne, Oise, France
Dobrís, Czech Republic
Lednice, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
St. Barbara’s Cathedral, Kutná Hora, Stredoceský, Czech Republic
Valtice, Czech Republic
Versailles, Yvelines, FranceR

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The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
 The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
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 Georgian (French Revolution)  1793
 Baroness Orczy’s frequently filmed adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel has been the subject of two different British TV series, the second of which aired nearly half a century after the first. Debuting on BBC1 on January 24, 1999, the “new” Scarlet Pimpernel was, like its predecessor, set during the dark days of the French Revolution. The estimable Richard E. Grant starred as Sir Percy Blakeney, an insufferably haughty British dandy. Unbeknownst to virtually everyone (including his wife, Marguerite, played by American actress Elizabeth McGoven), Sir Percy spent his evenings in the guise of the dashing, fearless Scarlet Pimpernel, savior of many French noblepersons who would otherwise have been condemned to the guillotine by the Revolutionary Tribunal. Together with a small band of confederates, the “damn’d elusive Pimpernel” enjoyed nothing more than thoroughly confounding his perennial nemesis, the skulking Citizen Chauvelin (Martin Shaw). Though played with tongue firmly in cheek, the series boasted some pretty impressive fencing sequences, staged by the talented Terry Walsh. Six 90-minute episodes of The Scarlet Pimpernel were seen in Britain in weekly clusters of three each, the last one airing on November 1, 2000. The series was produced in association with the American A&E cable channel, which ran the six episodes on a monthly rather than weekly basis.

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Writer / Screenplay:
 see   IMDB
Major Cast:
 Richard E. Grant
Martin Shaw
Elizabeth McGovern
Film Locations:
  • Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • Litomysl, Czech Republic
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Salmovsky Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
    (Palais de Justice)
  • Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    (Blakeney mansion)
  • Zatec, Czech Republic
 See Series 1 on You Tube
Nominated for a BAFTA


The Scarlet Pimpernel was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, for its resemblance to 18th century Paris (and absence of satellite dishes).
As of 2014, none of the episodes from the second season have ever been released for purchase in North America.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duel and Vanity Fair were both in production at the same time as series one, which made it a challenge for the costume department to locate enough boots and clothing to outfit all the extras.

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ITV Encore Greenlights ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, Sean Bean To Star

Sean Bean is to face Frankenstein’s monster in a new ITV adaptation of Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic.

The Game of Thrones star will play Inspector John Marlott, a new character in what is being described as a “re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth”.

Set in 1827, the six-part drama follows the inspector as he investigates a mutilated body washed up on the Thames.

It will be the first original drama for ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore since it launched earlier this year.

Shooting starts in Northern Ireland in January.

According to ITV and producers Rainmark Films, the drama opens with Bean’s character being recruited by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers.

But, as he waits to make an arrest, the inspector discovers the body of a dead child. On further examination of the corpse he is horrified to discover it’s not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form.

Over the course of six, hour-long episodes Marlott attempts to track down the killer.

“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” said the series’ co-creator and director Benjamin Ross (Poppy Shakespeare, RKO281).

“He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario,” added Benjamin.

ITV has yet to confirm a transmission date for the series, but it is due in the same year as a new big screen adaptation of the horror story.

Victor Frankenstein will star James McAvoy as the eponymous doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, his hunchbacked lab assistant.

Date to be announced

Some Facts about Outlander

The Costumes Are as Authentic as Possible—Including What’s Underneath!

No Velcro, no zippers, not a lot of shoes, and kilts are worn as kilts are supposed to be worn – with absolutely nothing underneath. These are true Scots! What’s not authentic are the effects of war and journeying through the highlands. To achieve the look of well-worn clothing, the costumes are attacked with cheese graters, burned with blow torches, and aged by tying them up with string and baking them.

Every Single Kilt Is Worn Differently.

“All of our actors wear their kilts just a bit differently from each other,” Outlander’s costumer Terry Dresbach tells us. “They personalize them and make them very much their own. We are talking about 12 yards of fabric that has to be belted and tucked by each actor, and they have developed their own ways of wearing them that belongs very much to them. It is incredibly important that they FEEL like their
character, and helping them to find that place is an essential part of our job.”


Sam (Jamie) Finds His Kilt “Liberating.”

“Sam/Jamie wears his with almost a long skirt hanging down the back that swings beautifully when he moves,” Outlander costumer Terry Dresbach says. Sam himself told us that he hates wearing trousers and finds kilts “liberating” and “freeing”…Especially while riding a horse.


While Scottish dialect has had sort of a revival from being thought of as slang, Scottish Gaelic of the 1700s is very different from anything anyone speaks today. It was not easy for the actors to learn, especially since they had to get used to a whole new set of sounds and had to learn to loosen their throats. One Gaelic word you’ll hear a lot on the show is “Sassenach,” which means “outlander.” It’s supposed to be a slightly offensive term for someone out of place, but it also becomes Jamie’s affectionate nickname for Claire.


The show is almost entirely shot on location all over Scotland, with very little green screen. “I think when people watch the show, they’ll fall in love with Scotland,” native Scotsman Sam Heughan tells us. “You’ll be amazed.” Caitriona Balfe agrees, saying, “There’s such a harsh climate there, and I think that really affects how people are and the realness and rawness of the story, so I think it was very important to everybody that we have that as an element in our show as well.”



Violence, torture, rape. Outlander will venture into true Games of Thrones-esque territory (and then some!) before season one is over. The greatest offender, of course, is Black Jack (Tobias Menzies), the ancestor of Claire’s husband Frank. And anyone who has read the books will tell you that what he does to Claire and Jamie won’t be easily erased from your mind. “That character, I would argue, is a study of sadism,” Menzies says of Black Jack. “He’s interested in people’s boundaries, their pain thresholds, what they can handle. It’s a rather sickening investigation.” Bring your Tums. And a shot of Scotch.

Starz Splitting ‘Outlander’ Season

The anticipated adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels will launch the first eight episodes beginning Aug. 9.

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Starz is taking a split-season approach for anticipated time-travel drama Outlander.

Outlander,adapted from Diana Gabaldon‘s best-selling novels and executive produced by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore,will air the first eight of the 16-episode freshman season when it begins, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT through Sept. 27, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The cabler will hold the remaining eight episodes for an early 2015 launch.

Starz also will offer an early preview of the first episode, “Sassenach,” one week ahead of the official premiere, on Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, in an effort to increase sampling. It will also be available on select cable, satellite and telco affiliates in the U.S. , reaching about 82 million households and online via specific websites, including the Outlander site, Facebook page and Twitter account, as well as Starz’s YouTube channel and the Starz Play app.

“We’ve heard from fans the world over who are anxiously awaiting to see how we’ve brought Claire and Jamie to life in what may possibly be the most highly anticipated series in Starz history,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz CEO, ahead of Friday’s summer press tour presentation. “Our Outlander sampling strategy serves the dual purpose of giving early access to the series premiere for those fans thirsting to watch it as soon as possible, as well as providing a vehicle that introduces the Starz experience to prospective new subscribers who are eager to learn all about this great new series.”

STORY Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Gets First Poster, Premiere Date

In February, Moore discussed the possibility of a split-season model for Outlander‘s rollout, something broadcast and cable networks have increasingly relied upon, much like AMC’s treatment of The Walking Dead and the final seasons of Breaking Bad and Mad Men, as well as ABC’s drama strategy to name just a few.

“I know I don’t want to do it like Galactica, where fans kept getting confused about when we were on. It felt like we were broadcast randomly at times. They would split the season and then we’d be on a different night; there was no rhyme or reason to it. I don’t know that I have a preference between eight-and-eight or 16,” Moore told THR at the time.

Outlander revolves around Jamie (Sam Heughan), who ignites a passionate affair with Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. Claire is pulled between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

For Starz, Outlander — often described as an expansive Game of Thrones-esque saga targeting females — comes at an opportune time as the network seeks to find a tentpole series. It’s part of a scripted portfolio that includes dramas Da Vinci’s Demons, Black Sails, Power and the upcoming Flesh and Bone, as well as forthcoming comedy Survivor’s Remorse.