War and Peace (BBC One)

BBC One’s ‘War and Peace’ adaptation cast announced Posted December 28, 2014 by William Martin & filed under Headlines. The cast has been revealed for BBC One’s epic new adaptation of War And Peace. Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece by Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies, the six one-hour episodes will star James Norton (Grantchester), Paul Dano (12 Years A Slave) and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders), War and Peace begins filming next month in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia. Paul Dano will play Pierre Bezukhov, with Lily James as Natasha Rostova and James Norton as …

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Sad News from the BBC

BBC swaps ‘cosy’ period drama for modern grit to prove licence fee is not ‘old-fashioned anomaly’ The BBC cannot rest on ‘cosy’ period dramas because it must appeal to everyone to justify the licence fee, head of drama says   King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) scrutinises Thomas Cromwell’s (Mark Rylance) shot. Wolf Hall, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance, will not be ‘cosy’, Ben Stephenson says Photo: BBC/Giles Keyte Hannah Furness By Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent 6:30AM GMT 27 Dec 2014 They were once a staple of Sunday night television, but it appears the “cosy” period dramas of yesteryear could …

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The Magical Letter – Part Four

Four – The Abyss For the first minutes, Anne just started walking down the pavement of Camden Place. She was too stunned to notice who was strolling along the broad sidewalk in the damp and cold March evening. There were not a lot of people outside and certainly not on foot. Only a few carriages drove by and hurried away. When violent shivers started rolling down her back, Anne came out of her bewilderment and looked around her. Realisation hit her like a blow in the face; she was out in the streets, alone, at night, with absolutely nothing to …

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Daniel Deronda 2002

Daniel Deronda Starring Hugh Dancy, Ramola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Jodhi May, Gretta Scacchi, Edward Fox.  Screen Writing by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice 1995) from a novel by George Eliot Daniel Deronda contains two main strains of plot, united by the title character. The novel begins in late August 1865 with the meeting of Daniel Deronda and Gwendolen Harleth in Leubronn, Germany. Daniel finds himself at once attracted to but wary of the beautiful, stubborn, and selfish Gwendolen, whom he sees lose all her winnings in a game of roulette. The next day, Gwendolen receives a letter from her mother …

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This is a list of what a woman looks for today in a Gentleman.

List compiled by Period Drama forum ladies. 01. Respectful – Educated – Courteous – Punctual – Always Well Groomed – Polite 02. Seats himself last when a group goes out to diner or other group occasions 03. Tips well and discreetly 04. Does not curse, interrupt, speak loudly or lose his temper 05. Does not laugh at others mistakes or embarrassments 06. Does not groom himself in public 07. Always insists on carrying or doing the heavier part of any job 08. Generous where he can be 09. Any affection is done privately, with the exception of an arm around …

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The Magical Letter – Part Three

Three – Wentworth’s Dilemma As Wentworth walked back to Queen’s Square, where his sister and the Admiral had lodgings, he was acutely aware of several matters upsetting him. Anne’s uppity family, with their stiff, unbending behaviour, was the most disturbing of them. How would her father treat her for the remaining time his middle daughter would stay under his roof? Wentworth understood only now what his beloved Anne had gone through these past eight years. He felt ashamed for letting his wounded feelings guide him at the time of their break-up. Then there was his own family to be informed. …

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2 New ‘Mortdecai’ TV Spots – Starring Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn & Gwyneth Paltrow

This isn’t a period drama, but it could be a fun movie. From Lionsgate comes these new TV spots for David Koepp’s ‘Mortdecai,’ which is set to land in cinemas on January 23rd. Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the action-comedy crime film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. ‘Mortdecai’ is described as follows: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his …

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STARZ’s Outlander Yule Log video

STARZ has a 90 minutes film that can be on your tv screen on Christmas day.  It has two dogs lying in front of a fire, while the music plays. Find it here:  http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/videos/video/cb5e547f9e7f492d9cf4844134b39ae5 Found it on youtube.  90 minutes http://youtu.be/Ue7subSMPVY I’ll see if I can get it for a download.