TOM BATEMAN AS BESOTTED CAPTAIN CRAWLEY

‘VANITY FAIR’ SERIES 2018 I’ve already announced that those last two are preparing a mini series based on Thackeray’s classic novel VANITY FAIR and that Olivia Cooke will take the lead role of Becky Sharp, a girl from the 19th century who attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society, and now Da Vinci’s Demon’s star Tom Bateman has been cast as Rawdon Crawley in the series that will also air on Amazon. He and his  brother are at risk of losing their family and fortune through their passion and desire to be … Read more

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS JOINS 19TH CENTURY ‘THE ASPERN PAPERS

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS JOINS 19TH CENTURY ‘THE ASPERN PAPERS’ WITH JOELY RICHARDSON, VANESSA REDGRAVE! Jonathan Rhys Meyers! He has just joined Joely Richard- son and her mother Vanessa Redgrave in the big screen adaptation of Henry James novel THE ASPERN PAPERS The 19th century movie follows Morton Vint (Jona- than Rhys Meyers), a young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern,  who strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress Juliana Bordereau. Now, decades later, Juliana (Vanessa Redgrave) lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Joely Richardson), whom she dominates … Read more

Alias Grace *** Nov 3, 2017 (Netflix)

‘ALIAS GRACE’  SARAH GADON MINI SERIES The series will first air in Canada in September and after that on Netflix for the mini series that will launch September 25th at CBC in Canada and then on Netflix November 3rd. A 19TH CENTURY MYSTERY The six part mini series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1843. Grace … Read more

‘IN THE GARDEN OF THE KING’ 2018

FILM ON KING LEOPOLD II’s BRUTAL GENOCIDE IN KONGO  A dark topic, but one that was long over due to be covered on the big screen, although it was somewhat mentioned in last year’s Tarzan. As ‘Deadline’ reports, Jonah Renck is set to helm IN THE GARDEN OF THE KING movie about the genocide of the Congolese people by King Leopold II of Belgium between 1885 -1908. The story is told through the eyes of three protagonists, each living in different parts of the world in different eras: a present day Belgian aid worker; a Victorian shipping merchant and a … Read more

‘VANITY FAIR’ EPIC TV SERIES 2018

OLIVIA COOKE TO LEAD THE CAST British ITV  have found the lead for their ultra lavish television series adaptation of Thackeray’s Victorian saga VANITY FAIR! The seven episode epic series will also stream on Amazon. Mammoth Screen who is producing Poldark and Victoria will be doing this one as well! Olivia Cooke (who recently went Victorian in Limehouse Golem) will take the lead role of Becky Sharp in the series that follows her stoic and unscrupulous attempts to make her way in English society in the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and the rule of King George IV! The shooting … Read more

Alias Grace – September 25, 2017 Canada CBC, Netflix

‘ALIAS GRACE’ TRAILER FOR   SARAH GADON MINI SERIES   (True Story) While some of you are enjoying the new television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, another of Margaret Atwood‘s small screen adaptations ALIAS GRACE has just got the first trailer and first photos for the mini series that will launch September 25th at Netflix and CBC in Canada. A 19TH CENTURY MYSTERY  circa 1843 The six part mini series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of … Read more

The Limehouse Golem (Horror) with Bill Nighy

Victorian mystery thriller THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM which is scheduled for UK release in September. Directed by Juan Carlos Medina it has a very British cast lead by Bill Nighy alongside Olivia Cooke and young British hunks Douglas Booth and Sam Reid! Daniel Mays, Eddie Marsan and Adam Brown also star in the movie about a series of murders that has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible.  Releases Sept 01, 2017 UK   Bill Nighy took the lead role from Alan … Read more

The Alienist

Photos from new period set projects, first, pics from the Budapest sets of new TNT ten episode series THE ALIENIST showing lead stars Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl in costume! Trailer added May 18 THE ALIENIST, based on the best selling Caleb Carr novel, is psychological thriller drama set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a criminal psychologist,  aka alienist, and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the … Read more

Lady MacBeth 2017

Set in rural England 1865, the story centres on Katherine (Florence Pugh), a woman stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. US – July 14th    

A Quiet Passion is released on 7 April in the UK.

Cynthia Nixon plays the great 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson in the new film from British director Terence Davies, of Sunset Song and House of Mirth renown. Dickinson, who lived almost all her life in Amherst, Massachusetts, only published a handful of poems herself; she only became known as a major writer after her death in 1886, when her sister found hundreds of her poems.  

THE WOMAN IN WHITE

‘THE WOMAN IN WHITE’  JESSIE BUCKLEY, BEN HARDY TO LEAD BBC VICTORIAN SERIES Here’s a new BBC project for us: they’ve announced today the beginning of production on their small screen adaptation of Wilkie Collins Victorian thriller THE WOMAN IN WHITE and they’ve also announced Ben Hardy (X-Men) will star as Walter Hartright and our beloved Jessie Buckley (War And Peace, Taboo) as Marian Halcombe, with Dougray Scott, Charles Dance and Art Malik also in the cast! The five episode mini series starts in early Victorian London after Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a … Read more

Love Story Gems

Love Stories

In this section, I would love to bring attention to love stories that are little spoken about. More will be added in the future   Our Mutual Friend Perhaps because this is a Dickens novel, it has been overlooked as one of the great love stories. There are many twists and turns, but through it all, you see two independent love stories, their suitors and another suitor who will not be denied. Truly a romantic novel unexpected by Dickens, but has romance all through it. One of several British miniseries adaptations of Charles Dickens‘ novel Our Mutual Friend, this four-part … Read more

The Moonstone (series)

Rachel Verinder, a young English woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt British army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. Rachel’s eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party, at which the guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night, the … Read more