The Gathering Storm 2002

Today, Winston Churchill is regarded as one of the great leaders of his time, and a hero for helping to guide Great Britain through the crises of World War II. But in the 1930s, Churchill‘s place in history hardly seemed assured; his early warnings against the growing threat of the Third Reich were taken seriously by few of his contemporaries, and he suffered through a variety of personal, professional, and economic setbacks before German attacks on England gave credence to his theories about Hitler’s desire to overtake Europe, and gave Churchill the opportunity to rise to the greatness that was his destiny. The Gathering Storm is a made-for-television biographical drama based on Churchill‘s memoirs about his life leading up to World War II. Albert Finney stars as Winston ChurchillVanessa Redgrave plays his wife, Clementine, and Derek Jacobi appears as Stanley Baldwin. Jim Broadbent and Ronnie Barker co-star. Produced for the BBC, The Gathering Storm received its American premier on the HBO premium cable network in the spring of 2002.

A young Tom Hiddlestone as Randolph Churchill

 

Bonfire of Destiny

  ‘THE BONFIRE OF DESTINY’
NEW PERIOD SET FRENCH SERIES

Over 3,000 extras, 1,500 costumes, more than 100 carriages, and 185 technicians, those are the numbers that went into the massive

The series already aired in French speaking countries

production of French language historical series THE BONFIRE OF DESTINY (Le Bazar de la Charité) which already aired in French speaking countries last month but will start streaming on Netflix in 190 countries around the world December 26th! So if you don’t know what to binge these holidays, this one is arriving on the second day of Christmas! The high profile series is inspired by a real life tragedy set in Paris in November 1897 and revolves around the consequences

The series starts streaming on Netflix December 26th!

of a devastating fire which destroyed the building known as the Bazar de la Charité, where a large charity event was taking place. The fire caused more than 130 deaths, mainly high society women and their entourages. Now, I hear

Click the photo to see the whole cast in all its magnificence!

from our French sources that there is a lot of exaggeration in the story serving the typical revisionist feminist agenda, so I’m guessing we have to take everything in the series with a grain of salt.

The Story Of The Series
Paris, May 4, 1897. Within only a few minutes a devastating fire destroyed the Bazaar de la Charité, the building housing a very popular charity event, killing more than 120 people, mainly women of high society and their

The whole series had a steady viewership of 6-7 million in France

personnel. On this occasion, three women, Adrienne De Lenverpre  (Audrey Fleurot), Alice De Jeansin (Camille Lou), and her maid Rose Rivière (Julie de Bona) see their destiny turned upside down. Usurpation of identity,

The series was written by Catherine Ramberg and Karine Spreuzkouski

prohibited love, radical change of life, emancipation, this mini-series immerses us in Parisian society at the end of the 19th century, following the romantic fate of its three heroines.

The Trial of Christine Keeler

 THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER  ARRIVES TO BBC FOR HOLIDAYS
Holidays this year at BBC won’t be all about spooky horrors… there will be political horrors too! They are ready to premiere their new mini series THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER on December 29th and 30th and today
The six part series will start airing ahead of New Year

you can check out the character photos and trailer for the six episode series that depicts the infamous Profumo Affair, a political scandal from the 60s.

What’s The Scandal About?
London, Winter 1962. Britain is gripped by the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a series of sex and spy scandals have rocked the British government. Short of money, working class model Christine Keeler has returned to stage dancing in

Sophie Cookson takes the lead role in the series

Soho’s famous cabaret clubs. Christine lives with her West Indian boyfriend Johnny in a racially tense Notting Hill, and confides in her best friend Mandy Rice Davies. It has been over a year since Christine’s secret affair with the

Click on  the photo to see the whole cast gathered around the pool

married, middle aged Conservative Minister of War, John Profumo. But now Christine is shaken by violent harassment by a West Indian stalker, ‘Lucky’ Gordon, and when Johnny fails to protect her, she considers refuge with her

Ben Miles has been made bald for the role of John Profumo

mentor, socialite Dr Stephen Ward. However, Ward is under MI5 surveillance for entertaining a handsome Russian diplomat, and amid delusions of grandeur, he tries to use his establishment links to secure emergency nuclear

James Norton is osteopath Stephen Ward who introduced Christine and John

talks between the US and Russia. At the same time, Profumo tries to raise his profile to mark the end of UK conscription, and Christine recalls the beginnings of their infamous affair: the fateful weekend they met at twilight by a country manor swimming pool.

Who’s Involved In The Scandal?

Sophie Cookson stars as Christine Keeler, a 19 year old model who is entangled in a scandal due to having an affair with the married Secretary of

Ellie  Bamber, left, plays Christine’s best friend

State for War, John Profumo. James Norton is Stephen Ward, an osteopath who introduces John Profumo to Christine Keeler. Ellie Bamber is Mandy

James Norton has starred in a lot of political shows and films lately

Rice Davies, a model and a showgirl. Ben Miles is John Profumo, a Conservative MP and Secretary of State for War who is plunged into a scandal after his affair with Christine Keeler is exposed. He initially lied to the House

Christine was sentenced to nine months in jail in the end

of Commons about the affair and the incident became a global scandal after it emerged that Keeler may have simultaneously been involved with a Soviet

Ward was convicted for pimping, but he killed himself before the sentence could be passed

naval attaché. Emilia Fox is Valerie Profumo, the actress wife of Profumo. Nathan Stewart Jarrett is Johnny Edgecombe, a jazz promoter whose

The series was both written and directed by females

involvement with Christine Keeler inadvertently alerted authorities to the Profumo affair.  Anthony Welsh is Lucky Gordon, a jazz singer who comes to public attention due to his involvement with Christine Keeler.

ToGo *** Dec 20, 2019

THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY

Here’s a trailer that I forgot to show you earlier this week, but it is not too late, I hope, to do it today. If you don’t know what to watch this Christmas

Togo will paw its way into your home December 20th

Disney is ready to release their new period set adventure TOGO on December 20th at their Disney + streaming service! Willem Dafoe is a rather strange choice for the lead role in a family movie based on the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that treks across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of one man, Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo. It is the story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, but was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race. The movie was directed by Ericson Core who worked on epic TV series Of Kings And Prophets and Still Star Crossed.

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