Mrs Lowry & Son

Pre-Production in January

Some more period set movie news at the end of the week! After playing a legendary painter in Mr TurnerTimothy Spall will take a brush into his hands again in MRS LOVRY & SON next to Vanessa Redgrave. It depicts the relationship between artist L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth. The movie will explain how Lowry lived all of his life with his overbearing mother, a deterring voice as he pursued his artistic ambition. However, a rent collector by day, Lowry took art classes in the evening and painted into the early hours to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th Century famous  for his scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He rejected many awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1968.

Timothy Spall plays Mr Lowry
Vanessa Redgrave will play his overbearing criticising mother

First Look Ophelia Photos

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has  revealed a new photo from another costume drama in their latest issue! Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in OPHELIA!  Based on Lisa Klein’s novel it follows the lowborn protagonist as she becomes the most trusted lady-in-waiting for Naomi Watt’s queen Gertrude and strikes up a relationship with her son, Hamlet (George MacKay). Along the way, Ophelia gets caught up in the court’s deadliest betrayals and secrets, all while trying to find her own path. Clive Owen as Claudius and Tom Felton as Laertes, will also visit 14th century Denmark!

Ophelia will premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival
The movie is directed by Claire McCarthy

Strange Angels 2018

 Jack Reynor will topline new period set series STRANGE  ANGEL for CBS! In the new series he will be Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue collar worker from 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, and he became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley’s teachings of self actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavour to the stars. The series is based on a book by George Pendle!
Reynor already wore a period costume in Macbeth

Winchester (Creepy) with Helen Mirren


New trailer, photos and poster have been released for period set thriller horror WINCHESTER in which Helen Mirren plays the famous heiress to the gun production empire.
WINCHESTER out next February, sees Helen Mirren staring as the wealthy recluse who feared she was being haunted by the souls of people who were killed by the Winchester Repeating Rifle. Following the deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the never ending construction of an enormous  mansion with more than 160 rooms, complete with staircases that lead nowhere, designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When sceptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate Sarah, he learns that her obsession might not be so insane after all.  The Queen Anne Victorian style house, whose construction began in 1884 and continued until Sarah Winchester’s death on September 5, 1922, can still be seen in California and it is a big tourist attraction.
The movie and the ghosts are out next month


The construction of the house continued for almost 40 years
Jason Clarke plays the doctor sent to check if Lady Winchester is mad

The Merlin Saga

‘Variety’ reports that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Disney‘s THE MERLIN SAGA which is eyed as a possible franchise based on 12 books from T.A. Barron which he started publishing back in 1996! He would also produce it with Lord of the Rings‘ and Hobbit‘s Philippa Boyens writing the script! Similar to the popular BBC series from a decade ago, THE MERLIN SAGA depicts the origin story of a young wizard Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character of King Arthur. It is even more interesting that Disney is preparing another movie from this universe – a live-action version of SWORD IN THE STONE which Ridley could also produce.
The Merlin saga has 12 books so far!

Dresden 2006



Although the language is in English and German, this TV film never made it to the USA. Fortunately, I was able to view it and thought this a lost film of great romance.  One of John Light’s best performances, in my book.  You can feel the real intensity of the bombs dropping on Dresden, as you a person caught on the ground, seeking shelter.

Dresden (2006) focuses on an extraordinary historic event in connection with a tragic love story of a woman between two men. In January 1945, the young nurse Anna Mauth, working at a hospital in Dresden, becomes engaged to senior physician Benjamin Wenninger. At the same time, an English Lancaster bomber is shot down. The pilot Robert Newman, the only survivor, manages to reach the city severely injured and hides in the hospital’s cellar. Anna discovers him incidentally thinking he is a German deserter, but finally decides to help Robert


Entire movie with English Subtitles on Youtube

Purchase in UK


John Light, a downed British bomber pilot hides among the people of Dresden in a German uniform.


Jamestown S2 2018

 circa 1619 America
 British Sky has released a trailer for the second season of another of their historical dramas JAMESTOWN. 

The second season of the drama, which was a huge success for Sky last year, will start airing this February!
Set in the early 17th Century, tells the story of three courageous, dynamic women who leave their dark pasts behind in England, and make the journey of a lifetime across the ocean for a new life in America as the wives of the male colonists who have lived more than 10 years without women. The first season showed them settling and finding their place bravely and courageously in the town ruled by men and hunger for gold and power. As you remember the final scene had a shocker of black slaves being brought into JAMESTOWN and the second season will obviously deal with all the ghosts that were disturbed by it



The second season should air its eight new episodes next month!
Alice and Silas found out they’re expecting a baby last season
Matt Stokoe returns as broken hearted blacksmith James Read
Will Verity, played by Niamh Walsh, take over her husband tavern?


Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh return as the female protagonists, our beloved boys Stuart Martin, Matt Stokoe and Gwilym
Stuart Martin returns as the man in love Silas Sharrow!


Lee return as their supporters and lovers, with Jason Flemyng and Burn Gorman ruling the town again as the governor and the secretary. Ben Star is back as everyone’s fave doctor of the town! Abubakar Salim, Abiola Ogunbiyi and Rachel Colwell join the second season cast as the new members! Carnival Films that also did Downton Abbey, Hollow Crown, Dracula, Last Kingdom and many others of our favourite historical dramas is also producing this one!
Charismatic Gwylim Lee returns as the goodhearted Samuel Castell
Ben Starr is back as the charming doctor Christopher Priestley