Period Drama Forward: King Lear

Speaking of British drama, ‘Daily Mail’ also reports that Anthony Hopkins will play the lead role in BBC 2’s TV movie on Shakespeare’s KING LEAR! British thespians Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh will play his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Famous director Richard Eyre has also cast Jim Broadbent and Downton Abbey‘s Jim Carter to play Lear’s war ministers Gloucester and Kent! Andrew Scott will be Lear’s secret protector Edgar, while Christopher Eccleston will play Oswald in the story of the Shakespeare’s old King now set in the fictional present with the tyrannical Lear using the Tower of London as the base for his military dictatorship!

Aug 2017

BBC2’s King Lear will be a contemporary version

Follow Up  Oct 2017

BBC has also officially confirmed their work on new TV movie KING LEAR. Hollywood Spy was among the first in the world to announce this project which, set in the fictional present, sees Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous ruler, presiding over a totalitarian military dictatorship in England. Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh are his daughters. Jim Broadbent is Earl of Gloucester, Andrew Scott is his loyal son Edgar and John Macmillan his illegitimate son Edmund. Jim Carter is Earl of Kent, Christopher Eccleston is Oswald, Tobias Menzies is Duke of Cornwall. Karl Johnson is set to play Lear’s loyal jester the Fool.

Brooklyn (2015) – Release: Nov 6, 2015

Directed by John Crowley. With Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emory Cohen. In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.

Release Dates

  • United Kingdom Nov 6, 2015
  • United States Nov 6, 2015

Source: Brooklyn (2015) – IMDb

Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jessica Paré, Eve Macklin, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott, Jane Brennan, Nora-Jane Noone, Jenn Murray, Eva Birthistle, Michael Zegen

The Young Victoria 2009


 The Young Victoria  2009
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 Victorian  1837
 Biography, Romantic Drama, Royalty
 Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch’s larger-than-life reign.


Marc Vallée
Writer / Screenplay:
 Julian Fellows
Major Cast:
    Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Julian Glover
Film Locations:
  • Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England, UK
  • Balls Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England, UK
    (interior: Windsor Castle)
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  • Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
  • Ditchley Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (interior – Windsor Castle & exteriors)
  • Ham House, Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
    (Kensington Palace)
  • Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, England, UK
  • Lancaster House, The Mall, St. James’s, London, England, UK
    (Doubling for the Buckingham Palace coronation ball)
  • Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK
  • Osterley Park House, Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK
  • Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  • Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
  • St. James’s Park, St. James’s, London, England, UK
  • Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England, UK
  • Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
    (Rosenau Castle/Prince Albert’s Coburg/Buckingham Palace)
  • Wiltshire, England, UK
Rupert Friend as Prince Albert in The Young Victoria 2005



Emily Blunt Victoria 2005



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