Les Miserables (the new)

After the first photos of the leading stars, BBC One has now released a few more photos from their six-part TV series adaptation of famous LES MISERABLES which is hitting the small screens sometime this year, which

Josh O’Connor as Marius and Ellie Bamber as Cosette

means we can expect a trailer soon! Beside Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as poverty stricken mother Fantine and David Oyelowo as the

Lily Collins as poor Fantine

evil police inspector Javert, the cast also includes Olivia Colman as Madame Thénardier, Adeel Akhtar as Monsieur Thénardier, Josh O’Connor as Marius and Ellie Bamber as Fantine’s daughter Cosette.

directed by Andrew Davies, is turned into series which delves deep into the many layers of the classic novel, reveling in Jean Valjean and Javert’s cat-

Dominic West and David Oyelowo as Valjean and Javert

and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. With striking intensity and a contemporary resonance, Hugo’s novel

Olivia Colman as opportunistic Madame Thenardier

explores the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life. The six-part television adaptation of the renowned book will vividly

Adeel Akhtar as evil Monsieur Thenardier who runs a boarding house for kids

and faithfully bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework.


This has been mentioned sometime ago, but now BBC One has announced that they are officially making DRACULA mini series together with Netflix and Sherlock producers Hartswood Films! The series, which will have (three) hour and a half long episodes, is written and created bySteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be  warned: the dead travel fast.
Vlad Dracula by Claudia McKinney!

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nov2


 THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, adapted by our beloved director Lasse Hallstrom from E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic Christmas Eve tale! It will dance or ballet its way into cinemas starting November 2nd, starring Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Matthew MacFadyen, Morgan Freeman, Miranda Hart as Dew Drop Fairy, Eugenio Derbez as Flower Realm King, Jack Whitehall as Harlequin and Richard E. Grant as Snow Realm King. You can see some of them on the enchanting new character posters for the magical fairy tale fantasy. Lasse got a help behind the helm from Joe Johnston who joined the last month ofproduction to ad a few dynamic action scenes and embellish Hallstrom’s heartwarming, magical vision!

all Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a special key that will  unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfatherDrosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key, which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. There, Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must


brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Try to ignore the atrociously miscast Keira Knightley in the trailer below and her criminally, almost tragically bad voice and pathetic facial expressions.


Nuts will crack November 2nd this year
The movie was also based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ballet

The Jane Austen Festival

In England, in splendid Somerset, there is a town of two-thousand years.

An ancient Celtic settlement worshipping the healing spring of the goddess Sulis developed into a Roman camp and town. Aquae Sulis was renowned for its baths built on top of the miraculous spring.

And when the Romans left England, the town was called … Bath.


Romantic novelist Jane Austen stayed in Bath many times. Her novel ‘Persuasion’ is set in the beautiful Georgian town, and although its fame as a fashionable place of meeting was already fading, it was still a very agreeable setting for the country girl Jane Austen was.


Bath worships Jane and her beautiful novels in an annual festival in September, with lectures, readings, guided tours, and more. There is the parade through Bath’s posh streets, the Royal Crescent and the Circus. There are the costumed balls in the exquisite Pump Room in the Roman Baths. Ten days of revering England’s most famous romance writer, author to the most beautiful love story ever written, Pride and Prejudice.

During these ten days, Bath becomes Jane’s town, once again.


We were part of the celebrations in September 2018, my husband and I.

My first thought upon entering the Assembly Rooms for our first country dancing class was that I should have done this earlier, when I was much, much younger. Those energetic dance steps were designed for people not much older than twenty, and I am a senior citizen, so ..

It was, however, tremendous fun.

My husband, bless him, guided me through all the intricate movements. To my surprise, he was very good at memorizing them, whereas I forgot many turns or did the wrong turns. Think of Mr Collins in the 1995 Pride & Prejudice adaptations, and you will know what I mean.


So all Austen lovers should experience this, I think.

If you feel up to it, you have to become a member of the Jane Austen Festival, a friend, for £25 a year.

The rest you will find on the beautiful website.




Witcher (series) coming from Netflix


New cast members have also been revealed for Netflix’ series adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski famous epic saga THE WITCHER with Henry Cavill in the lead role as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together. Freya Allan has been cast as Ciri, Princess of Cintra, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as her husband, the knight Eist with Adam Levy as the druid Mousesack! MyAnna Buring will lead the magical academy at Aretuza as Tissaia with Anya Chalotra as Geralt’s love interest, sorceress Yennefer joined by other novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni), Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read). Millie Brady will be the outcast Princess Renfri.

MyAnna Buring and Freya Allan will  be female leads
Millie Brady and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsonn will play royalty
Therica Wilson Read and Anya Chalotra who is the female lead

The Falling 2014


At the centre of the fainting epidemic are intense and clever Lydia Lamont (Maisie Williams) and admired and rebellious Abbie Mortimer (Florence Pugh), both 16 years old. They carve their initials into a majestic English oak tree by a magical pond and vow never to lose touch. But Lydia already feels that Abbie is drifting away from her and soon her fears are confirmed. Struggling to find solace within the volatile, strange atmosphere of the school and her troubled home-life, Lydia feels driven to discover what is really behind everything that seems wrong. As the fainting escalates Lydia confronts the authority figures around her: her self-absorbed mother, Eileen (Maxine Peake), the unbending and indomitable deputy head Miss Mantel (Greta Scacchi), and the enigmatic and powerful headmistress Miss Alvaro (Monica Dolan). Eventually Lydia’s actions force old secrets to rise to the surface and she finds herself faced with a truth that she never expected.


Video of the Week “NEO CLASSICAL”

For years, I have loved this kind of music. It started being called “New Age”, but that field has gotten crowded so was broken down into sub-genres of New Age.  Recently, I found that this music is in the category of “Neo Classical”.  (For widest view click on the page title.  If you like this drop me a line)

Orchestral, not just some fancy digital piano with many keyboards and sounds.


Here, this piece is used in “Kingdom Heaven” with Orlando Bloom



300, Rise of an Empire


Used in Battleship



See also: Two Steps From Hell – Victory *CINEMATIC* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIY-D…

Thomas Bergersen (Two Steps From Hell) – Children of the Sun *CINEMATIC* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6-1v…