Ancient 4000 BC – 500 AD

Ancient Era Films  4000 BC – 500 AD The one nice thing about liking Period Drama is that the older it gets doesn’t matter. Because I have been viewing and collecting period drama films for over 40 years, I know I just love them all. I do not consider myself a good reviewer (I’m too biased) and believe I find something good in all of them. The following list is in no particular order. In essence, this is the bucket list of Ancient Era films for you to see. I will add to this list as I find or view … Read more

The Halcyon on ITV. New period drama

Introducing ITV’s new period drama set in a fancy hotel – could this be the new Downton?0 By Eleanor Bley GriffithsFriday 9 December 2016 at 10:59AM What better place to set a TV drama than a London hotel? All those guests coming and going while the staff manage crisis after crisis… the potential is huge. Add in the Second World War and you get ITV’s new series, The Halcyon. With a little bit of Downton Abbey and a little bit of Mr Selfridge in the mix, ITV are hoping for a period drama ratings hit. The show focuses on the … Read more

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The Physician 2013 aka Medicus aka Medico

It is the Dark Ages, and the Church is fighting against ‘black magic’. The medical knowledge of Greek physicians like Hippocrates and Galen had been lost to the medicine of medieval Europe (until taught later in schools such as the School of Salerno after the Arabic-Latin translation movement of the 12th century). In 11th-century England, travelling barber surgeons attempted to supply medical care to the ordinary population, often at the risk of the Church persecuting them for witchcraft. Robert Cole has an extraordinary gift, where he can sense when someone left untreated has a terminal illness. He notices this for … Read more

Timeless *** October 3

https://youtu.be/4glJzvUunOE From Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”), Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and the producers of “The Blacklist” comes this thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked … Read more

All the President’s Men 1976

Director: Alan J. Pakula Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden To call All the President’s Men a movie about the Watergate scandal would be to miss its point entirely. Because while the downfall of a president is certainly part of the film’s resolution, the 137 minutes preceding that are about the nitty-gritty of the newspaper business. And viewers have Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post (played by Jason Robards in the film) during the time of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigation into Richard Nixon’s clandestine dealings, to thank for that as much as they do star/producer Robert … Read more

CHURCHILL’S SECRET ON MASTERPIECE

Set during the summer of 1953, Churchill’s Secret tells a little-known part of Winston Churchill’s great life story. Having suffered a life-threatening stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public, the film charts the course of Churchill’s (played by Cranford‘s Michael Gambon) remarkable recovery with the help of his spirited nurse (Emma‘s Romola Garai). Told from the point of view of his children, his long-suffering wife, and the men of his cabinet, the film casts an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family, and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought … Read more

Pride and Prejudice 1995

Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Critically acclaimed and a popular success, Pride and Prejudice was honoured with several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award for Jennifer Ehle for “Best Actress” and an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special”. The role of Mr Darcy elevated Colin Firth to stardom. A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognized as “one of the … Read more

Little Dorrit 2008

The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors’ prison in London. Amy and her family’s world is transformed when her boss’s son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family’s mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.       @ perioddrama.com 2015   Save Save

Tristan and Isolde 2006

Before there was Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde. One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O’Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of uniting British forces with an eye toward self-rule. One of Marke’s most valuable allies is Tristan (James Franco), Marke’s protégé, who has become a brave warrior since he was rescued by the lord after his parents were murdered by … Read more

The Childhood of a Leader (2015) *** UK Release Aug. 19, 2016

This unconventional historical drama centers on a seven-year-old boy named Prescott (Tom Sweet), who is forced to travel to Paris in 1918 while his father (Liam Cunningham), an American diplomat, helps negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. Over time, Prescott’s volatile behavior is revealed as a metaphor for the rise of fascism in the early 20th century. Bérénice Bejo co-stars. Directed by Brady Corbet.   Save

Lark Rise to Candleford 2008

An adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical novel “Lark Rise To Candleford”, set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. Rich, funny and emotional, the first series follows the relationship of two contrasting communities: Lark Rise, the small hamlet gently holding on to the past, and Candleford, the small market town bustling into the future. Seen through the eyes of young Laura, their inhabitants endure many upheavals and struggles as the inexorably change comes; their stories by turns poignant, spirited and uplifting. Cannot find a valid … Read more

The Outsider 2002

Click topic title for larger videos. A western love story revolving around the forbidden love between a young widow from a Mennonite-like religious group and a cold-blooded gunslinger whom she takes into her home after he is wounded.  Naomi Watts and Tim Daly   https://vimeo.com/133051050     https://vimeo.com/133051511 Save Save Save Save Save Save

The Magnificent Seven *** September 23, 2016 *** USA & UK

Denzel Washington Chris Pratt Ethan Hawke Vincent D’Onofrio Byung-hun Lee Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Martin Sensmeier Peter Sarsgaard   In this remake of the classic 1960 oater of the same name (itself a Western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece The Seven Samurai), seven gunslingers are hired to defend a Mexican village from bandits. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Matt Bomer, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sean Bridgers, Vinnie Jones, and Ethan Hawke star. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. 1960 Magnificent Seven Synopsis by Hal Erickson Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954) is westernized as The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner plays Chris, … Read more

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword *** March 24, 2017

  The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. Throwing in with the Resistance and an enigmatic young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern — who murdered his parents and stole his crown — and become king. Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere Jude Law as Vortigern Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere Eric Bana … Read more

Release Date – Poldark Season 2 is back on telly

Poldark and its dreamy star Aidan Turner are on their way back to the BBC, and now we now the exact date series two of the show begins. The upcoming ten-episode run of the romantic, Cornwall-set period drama, which previously drew in 9.5million viewers, begins on September 4. Cancel everything and dump your real-life boyfriend NOW. Aidan is currently in line to become the next Bond, but seeing as there is also a third series of the popular programme planned, we doubt he’ll be running off to battle Blofeld just yet. Aidan Turner was frequently seen without a shirt in the first series (Picture: BBC) MORE: … Read more

Enchanted April *** 1992

Two cloistered, married English women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson) impulsively rent an Italian villa and embark upon a vacation without their spouses. They are joined by two other ladies: the high-flown aging widow Joan Plowright, and elegant upper-crust beauty Polly Walker) whom they’ve never met. Under the spell of an exotic new location, the foursome are in for quite a few life-altering experiences, many of them amusing, and not a few very surprising. Impeccably accurate in its recreation of European manners and mores in the 1920s, Enchanted April is sheer bliss from fade-in to fade-out.  

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