The Chaperone – PBS

Elizabeth McGovern Returns to MASTERPIECE in The Chaperone San Diego, CA; May 16, 2017—PBS and MASTERPIECE have announced that MASTERPIECE is producing its first feature film which will reunite the writer, director and star of Downton Abbey. The Chaperone, based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel, will be scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and star Elizabeth McGovern, who played Lady Grantham in the hit series. It will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run. The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920’s. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever … Read more

“The Medusa” 19th Century

MOVIE CASTS JESSE EISENBERG, VANESSA REDGRAVE AND PIERCE BROSNAN   Another period set project will be a movie on famous painter Théodore Géricault THE MEDUSA depicting the tragic events that inspired his harrowing and politically significant masterpiece The Raft Of The Medusa.  Jesse Eisenberg will play the painter, with Pierce Brosnan as his uncle and nemesis, Caruel, and Vanessa Redgrave as his anti royalist innkeeper. Peter Webber of Girl With a Pearl Earring is directing. Set during the turmoil of post Napoleonic France, the story centres on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died … Read more

John Thornton, Look Back at Me – pt 8

Chapter 8     The Husband’s Secret  Life   John arrived home to a waiting Dixon and Higgins.  Shrugging out of his coat, he bid them a hello as he hung it on a peg.  Dixon handed him a cup of tea.  “Thank you, Dixon, I was in need of this, he said, taking the cup from her.  “Please sit, both of you.  I just want to stand a moment longer; my legs are stiff from the ride.  While he drank his tea, John paced the room, wondering where to begin.  The day had been a big event in his life, … Read more

Reserve and Reticence – Part Fourteen

Fourteen – Regaining Dignity   Poor Dr Forrester almost fled from the baron’s bedchamber, his face flushed like that of a little boy who just got caught with his hand in a biscuit tin. Beth shook her head in mild disapproval. “You should not have done that, my lord. The good doctor has worked himself into exhaustion to save you.” “I know, my love, and I will express my gratitude to him in due time. But now, I have other plans.” He grinned mischievously at her and held out a hand. “Come here …”, he breathed and Beth obeyed, suddenly … 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

“Game of Thrones” viewers may get to spend a little more time in Westeros than they’d thought.

Very Early Stages A spinoff — or possibly spin-offs, plural, or prequels or sequels — of the immensely popular HBO drama is in the works. The network said in a statement Thursday that it has closed deals with four writers to “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.” “There is no set timetable for these projects,” the network said. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.” The network also said that Martin, … Read more

BBC Drama Unveils Netflix, PBS Co-Pros, ‘War of the Worlds’ Adaptation

Headed our way is a three part adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ novel WAR OF THE WORLDS from Poldark and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen!  At the dawn of the 20th century, Horsell Common in Surrey is struck by a huge meteor, and the inhabitants of Earth slowly fall victim to a vicious invasion. The three-part drama follows one man’s attempt to escape the ruthless Martians – but they are determined to destroy all human life as they attempt to conquer the earth… Writer, Peter Harness says: “I’m feeling phenomenally lucky to be writing The War of the Worlds, and blowing up gigantic … Read more

Poldark moves to summer slot to avoid clash with ITV’s Victoria

Anita Singh, Arts and Entertainment Editor (The Telegraph) 6 May 2017 • 10:00pm The BBC will move Poldark to a summer slot in order to avoid a repeat of last year’s bruising clash with ITV’s Victoria. The two period dramas went head-to-head in the 2016 schedules, and Victoria emerged as the ratings winner. Both occupied the coveted 9pm Sunday night slot across September and October, months traditionally reserved for major costume drama as autumn weather brings viewers indoors. But the BBC is expected to announce that Poldark will be brought forward to June, ensuring viewers do not have to choose … Read more

John Thornton, Look Back at Me – pt 7

Chapter 7        She’s Not the Margret, We Once Knew   As the large crowd milled outside, talking, John made his way through to the chapel steps and entered the church.  He seated himself near the front, across from where Margaret was likely to be.  The organist began to play and the assembly filed inside, quickly filling the pews, until there was standing room only.  Searching through the mass of people, John finally noticed Margaret, walking down the aisle.  She was accompanied by a man and woman, who could only have been her husband’s brother and sister. John thought.  … Read more