Downton Abbey Movie

The production will officially commence this summer with the old cast on the movie version of DOWNTON ABBEYJulian Fellowes has written the script (that apparently ‘charms, thrills and

The movie will be produced by Carnival Films who did our fave Jamestown

entertains) which will be directed by The Book Thief‘s Brian Percival. The original cast of the turn of the century series included Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, John Carter, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode!

Mary Queen of Scots initial trailer

That’s it! The Spy is officially proclaiming this the best, most dramatic and visually most pleasing trailer we have seen so far this year! Filled with visual
Mary arrives to cinemas this Winter!

splendour, perfect cinematography, stunning choreography and memorable lines, the first, long awaited, trailer has finally been released for historical drama MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS which will ascend, or die trying, to the cinematic throne this November in Europe, December in USA, January in UK. The stellar cast includes Saoirse Ronan as Queen Mary, Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, Guy Pearce, Jack Lowden as Lord Darnley, Joe Alwyn as Lord Dudley, David Tennant as John Knox, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, Gemma Chan and Ismael Cruz Cordova.

The movie was directed by Josie Rourke


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to

Saoirse Ronan leads the stellar cast as Mary Queen of Scots!

play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne,

Jack Lowden plays Mary’s husband Lord Darnley, father of future king James!

threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.


Sandition by Jane Austen

Beside Victoria and upcoming Vanity Fair, British ITV and US Masterpiece are giving us a new 19th century series! Jane Austen’s last novel SANDITON written just a few months before her death will be turned into an eight-part drama.

It tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown to the would-be coastal resort SANDITON, it exposes Charlotte to the dalliances of a seaside town on the make and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love. Andrew Davies, the man who superficialized War and Peace at BBC, is adapting!
Andrew Davies, to me, is as good as Sandy Welsh and Julian Fellows.  Extraordinary writers, screenwriters.
Austen wrote Sanditon months before dying


It was commissioned by Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton and ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill. It is exec produced by Davies and Belinda Campbell and series produced by Georgina Lowe. It is expected to start filming in spring 2019 with BBC Studios selling globally.

Eaton said, “Jane Austen and Andrew Davies are a match made in Masterpiece heaven. We can’t wait to introduce our audience to this wise and wonderful drama.”

Hill said, “It’s a rich, romantic, family saga built upon the foundations Jane Austen laid. There is no one better to adapt her unfinished novel than Andrew who has an incredible track record for bold and original adaptations. We’re delighted to commission Sanditon from Belinda Campbell and her team at Red Planet Pictures.”

Davies added, “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment. Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It’s been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.”

The Reclusive Aristocrat – Part Fifty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Three

Ketteridge, Leicestershire, April 12th, 1816

It was quite the company leaving Ketteridge House a few days later. There was the travelling coach driven by the coachman-cum-stablemaster, Thomas Anderson, with Rowena, Emma, and Alex. Gregson Mortimer, first footman, was in attendance. A large cart driven by Frank Whitman, Anderson’s head stable boy, carried their luggage, while Porter and David Howe, second stable boy, drove the second coach with the nanny, Bessie Cooper, and lady’s maid Trixie. Reese Mortimer, second footman, stood guard here.

The journey promised to be long with some two-hundred-and twenty miles to cover. They would travel in short stages, because of Emma, and only stay in the best inns on the way. Anderson knew them all throughout the whole of England, so Alex could rest assured. All in all, it would probably take them four days and three nights. Alex got a letter from Carlisle in response to his own, that they would be very welcome at Crestwell Abbey, his Cumberland estate. He did, however, send one of the footmen ahead to secure rooms at each inn he considered well-suited for his large company.


The little caravan reached Crestwell Abbey on April 16th, only to find that Lord Carlisle was still in London. He had sent word to his butler and housekeeper, however, that they could expect company. Alex was thus relieved to find the house ready for him and his group, so as soon as Rowena was kept busy settling in, he rode to Carlisle to meet with the earl’s solicitor, Mr Thaddeus Beaumont in Blackfriars Street. He was a large man in his late fifties with short greying black hair and dark, almost black eyes. He welcomed Alex, saying his lordship had already appraised him of the earl of Ketteridge’s coming.

“I have already done some investigation on Horace Bleak, my lord. The man is reputed to conduct underhand business, but so far no one has been able to prove anything untoward. What I can prove is this; Lady Ketteridge was indeed mentioned in the will of her mother, the late Clarissa Maud Daveston née Stowe, for the sum of some eight thousand pounds, to be handed over on her daughter’s twenty-first birthday. I understand that her ladyship never received her inheritance?”

“That is correct. Her father died months before her birthday, so it was left to her half-brother to make sure she got her inheritance. I am still unsure to what really occurred after my late father-in-law’s demise but I am beginning to have an inkling, which I would like to investigate thoroughly before I make accusations.”

“A wise decision, my lord. If I might make some suggestions?”

“By all means, Mr Beaumont.”


It took Rowena a while to comprehend that Alex had gone. Settling in with a three-month-old required some organizing, and little Emma needed much more attention than usual before she fell asleep in the nursery assigned to her and her nanny. So when Rowena finally entered the mutual sitting room in their vast and luxurious quarters, she asked her maid if Alex had gone downstairs. Trixie shook her head.

“No, my lady, I believe his lordship has gone riding. I saw him and Mr Porter heading for the stables a good hour ago.”

Rowena quickly turned away to hide her immense disappointment. Alex had not heeded her wish to confide in her about his actions. How foolish of her to believe she had convinced him of her true interest in his life. Fighting back her silly tears, she tried to think where he could have gone. Alex had no acquaintances that she know of in this part of the country. Lord and Lady Carlisle were on their way home from London, and Alex would need the earl’s authority to take steps against her half-brother. Unless, of course …

Cold fear enveloped Rowena as she realized Alex could have gone to Daveston Hall without Carlisle’s backup. Roderick was mean-spirited and did not shrink from using violence, while Alex, on the other hand, considered every nobleman to be subjected to honour first and foremost. Roderick had no honour. He was evil personified. There was only one thing she could do, Rowena realized, and of course, she would rise to the challenge.

Swords and Sceptres 2018

Swords and Sceptres is coming out sometime this year

Now, this one still does not have a release date nor a trailer, but here is the first poster for India set epic movie SWORDS AND SCEPTRES which boasts a rather strong British cast lead by Derek Jacobi as Lord Palmerston, Rupert Everett as Sir Hugh Rose, Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Hamilton and Jodhi May as Queen Victoria herself!

SWORDS AND SCEPTRES also starring Ben Lamb and directed by female director Swati Bhise (the producer of Dev Patel‘s The Man Who Knew Infinity), is a sweeping historical tale of women’s empowerment, which brings

Devika Bhise also wrote the movie with director Swati Bhise, her mother

the true story of Lakshmibai (played by Indian star Devika Bhise whom you have watched before in The Accidental Husband and The Man Who Knew

Lakshmibai was the queen of Jhansi in mid 19th century

Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons), the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. The movie has finished production earlier last winter and should probably be released sometime later this year.

Rani of Jhansi died in battle when she was just 30 with 5,000 of her soldiers

The Favourite Trailer


Meanwhile, the first trailer was finally released  for period set movie THE FAVOURITE Out November in USA and in January around Europe, it is set

The Favourite hits cinemas in USA this November

in early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel

Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss lead male cast

Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail

Olivia Colman is the crazy Queen Anne of England

sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to

Rachel Weisz plays the queen’s favourite Lady Sarah

fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn also star!

Can’t say I’ll head to the theater for this one