Capote 2005

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.


Musketeers Comes to US * June 22

BBC America Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Musketeers’, Boards Second Season

By Patrick MunnBBC America has announced that the 10 episode first season of The Musketeers, which they co-produced with BBC One, will debut state-side on Sunday June 22nd at 9/8c.


The network also confirmed that they would co-produce the second season of the period drama, which was ordered by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson back in February 2014. With the pick up, The Musketeers becomes the second British series, originally commissioned by BBC One, to have been renewed on both sides of the Atlantic in recent months, with the other one being Atlantis

The Musketeers is a new adaptation of the legendary tale of the three musketeers. The series is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality and follows the three Musketeers: Athos, Aramis and Porthos who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honour, for valour, for love and for the thrill of it. The drama series is being produced by BBC Drama Productions in association with BBC Worldwide & BBC America and stars Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Tom Burke (Great Expectations), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) and Howard Charles.

New Worlds * April 1 (Channel 4 UK)

Dominating the 17th century! Jamie Dornan attempts to overthrow the monarchy as rebel Abe in Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds

Jamie Dornan will attempt to overthrow the Stuarts’ rule in an historical new drama which begins on Channel 4 on Tuesday.

Set in 1680s England, the actor will star as rebel Abe Goffe in New Worlds, who is a ‘young idealistic renegade determined to end the monarchy’s tyrannical rule’, the 31-year-old said of his character.

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Railway Man 2014 * April 11, 2014

A victim from World War II’s “Death Railway” sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman

Release Dates

  • Canada Sep 6, 2013 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Spain Sep 24, 2013 (Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland Sep 29, 2013 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • Japan Oct 19, 2013 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Canada Dec 13, 2013
  • Spain Dec 13, 2013
  • Australia Dec 26, 2013
  • United Kingdom Jan 10, 2014
  • Ireland Jan 10, 2014
  • New Zealand Jan 23, 2014
  • Israel Mar 6, 2014
  • Czech Republic Mar 13, 2014
  • Portugal Mar 13, 2014
  • Singapore Mar 13, 2014
  • Slovakia Mar 13, 2014
  • Finland Mar 28, 2014
  • India Apr 4, 2014
  • Poland Apr 4, 2014
  • United States Apr 11, 2014
  • Japan Apr 19, 2014
  • Netherlands May 1, 2014
  • Lithuania Jul 18, 2014

History’s ‘Vikings’ Renewed For Third Season

By Patrick Munn

History has renewed its first original scripted series Vikings for a third season. The period drama has received an order for a further 10 episodes.

Vikings has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television.  With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, Vikings has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager of History & H2.

Vikings follows Ragnar, a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. The drama series stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), Clive Standen (Camelot) and Katheryn Winnick (Stand Up Guys).

The renewal, which comes a mere four episodes into the show’s second season, comes after Vikings has been averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and 1.5 million Adults 18-49. The strong ratings have made the drama the number one show on basic cable in the Thursday 10pm time-slot. Production on the show’s third season is slated to commence this summer for a 2015 premiere.

Period Drama Dictionary


The aristocracy are people considered to be in the highest social class in a society which once had a political system of Aristocracy. Aristocrats possess hereditary titles granted by a monarch, which once granted them feudal or legal privileges, or deriving, as in Ancient Greece and India, from a military caste. They are usually below only the monarch of a country in the social hierarchy. The term “aristocracy” is derived from the Greek language aristokratia, meaning ‘the rule of the best’.



Barmkin and Keep at Castle Doe Scottish 15th C.

A battlement or battlemented wall;

a wall of defense

Beau Monde (The ton)


The terms Beau Monde (French for “beautiful world”) and polite society have been interchangeable with le bon ton during different periods (see ton)

Bolt-hole or Bolthole

Bolt-holeA place of escape for refuge. A chased rabbit may bolt into a hole for refuge. In period drama, it usually means an escape route from within a castle. A hidden tunnel behind a large picture or hung tapestry, perhaps. An escape route not easily discovered by the invading warriors.

Clerestory / Lantern

clerestory_lanternClerestory (pronounced /kleer-stawr-ee,/; lit. clear storey, also clearstory, clearstorey, or overstorey) is an architectural term. A portion of an interior clerestoryrising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior. Usually only afforded by the highest of nobility ranks.




An immoral woman, prostitute, mistress, whore







a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman’s skirt or petticoat,

or used as trim for hats



1. a wardrobe or the garderobe1contents of a wardrobe
2. a bedroom or private room
3 .a privy, a latrine






jarveyA Hackney Coachman or a Hackney Coach
[C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal nameJarvis]




A knight is a member of the warrior class of the Middle Ages in Europe who followed a code

of law called “chivalry”. In other Indo-European languages, cognates of cavalier or rider are more prevalent (e.g., French chevalier and German Knight on horseRitter), suggesting a connection to the knight’s mode of transport. Since antiquity a position of honour and prestige has been held by mounted warriors such as the Greek hippeus and the Roman eques, and knighthood in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with horsemanship.

Some orders of knighthood, such as the Knights Templar, have themselves become the object of legend; others have disappeared into obscurity. Today, a number of orders of knighthood continue to exist in several countries, such as the English Order of the Garter, the Swedish Royal Order of the Seraphim, and the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. Each of these orders has its own criteria for eligibility, but knighthood is generally granted by a head of state to selected persons to recognize some meritorious achievement.


Mounting Blockmounting_block

A mounting block, horse block, or in Scots a loupin’-on-stane is an assistance for mounting and dismounting a horse or cart, especially for the young, elderly or infirm. They were especially useful for women riding sidesaddle, allowing a horse to be mounted without a loss of modesty.


Noblesse Oblige

Nobility Obliges – such as a Duke working along side his farm tenants to extinguish a fire of a tenant home


Nobility Ranks

1. Duke
2. Marquess
3. Earl
4. Viscount
5. Baron

These are the very basic ranks.
So much has changed over the centuries. Furthermore, the eldest son of a Duke is a Marquess – the eldest son of a Marquess is an Earl – the eldest son of an Earl is a Viscount. However, the eldest sons of a Viscount and a Baron are called “The Honourable (name)



perlieuPerlieu is a term used of the outlying parts of a place or district. A piece of land on the edge of a forest, originally land that, after having been included in a royal forest, was restored to private ownership, though still subject, in some respects, to the operation of the forest laws. Frequently, the lands managed by nobility had forested regions on their bounderies being called the perlieu.

Piano Nobile

piano_noblie1The piano nobile piano_noblie2(Italian, “noble floor” or “noble level”) is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance architecture. This floor contains the principle reception and bedrooms of the house.



Quizzing Glass

quizzing glasses

A monocle is a type of corrective lens used to correct or enhance the vision in only one eye. It consists of a circular lens, generally with a wire ring around the circumference that can be attached to a string. The other end of the string is then connected to the wearer’s clothing to quizzing glassavoid losing the monocle. The antiquarian Philipp von Stosch wore a monocle in Rome in the 1720s, in order to closely examine engravings and antique engraved gems, but the monocle did not become an article of gentlemen’s apparel until the nineteenth century. It was introduced by the dandy’s quizzing glass of the 1790s, as a sense of high fashion.




In the 18th and 19th centuries, a woman’s small bag or purse, usually in the form of a pouch with a drawstring and made of net, beading, brocade, silk, etc. [ret-i-kyool]


rozzerBritish slang for policeman 1890-1895

Servant Hierachy


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A male admirer or lover








1350-1400’s – To copulate


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British Informal (origin: 1850-1855)
A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class.





The ton (pronounced tone) is a term commonly used to refer to Britain’s high society during the Georgian era, especially the Regency and reign of George IV. It comes from the French word meaning taste or everything that is fashionable. The full phrase is le bon ton, meaning good manners or in the fashionable mode; characteristics held as ideal by the British ton.



a long shallow basket made of curved strips of wood and used for carrying flowers, fruit, etc


Vail / Vails

1. to take off or doff (one’s hat), as in respect or submission
2. a tip or gratuity (such as to a butler of a house where you were a guest)