Harlots S3

Brothel delights for you this weekend: Hulu has released first, very colourful, teaser for the third season of their epic TV series HARLOTS which arrives July 10th with new episodes. The cast is now joined by Alfie Allen as

Liv Tyler’s Lady Fitz will wear some insanely lavish costumes in season 3

a new pimp Isaac Pincher who wants to take over London now that he’s back after fighting in the Seven Years War. Ash Hunter plays his brother Hal with whom he leases a tavern that serves as a front for their sex business!


set in 18th century Georgian London, continues to follow the fortunes of the Wells family. Margaret (Samantha Morton) has been sent to America in

The famous green jewel encrusted gown Lady Fitz will be wearing

chains and Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) is vanquished and in Bedlam. It seems that the Wells girls can finally free themselves of their mother’s feud,

With most of the old ones, some new whores will be back in town as well!

helped by allies such as Lady Fitz (Liv Tyler). But Charlotte Wells (JessicaBrown Findlay) soon learns that running a lucrative brothel brings enemies

Alfie Alen joins the show as the new ambitious pimp in London

as well as friends, including new pimp in town Isaac Pincher (Alfie Allen). Meanwhile Lydia still finds a way to bite, even in her darkest hour. Isaac

Will Lady Fitz get her daughter away from her evil brother?

Pincher is driven by his ambitions to achieve wealth and power. Compared to his more quiet and level headed brother Hal (Ash Hunter), he’s the

Emily Lacey will get flirty with Hal Pincher (behind her)

frontman. Back in London after fighting in the Seven Years War, Isaac wants to take over London. The brothers lease a tavern together, the Saracen’s Head,

Once a shiny whore, not any more! Lydia Quigley says Hi! from Bedlam!

which serves as a front for their ever-growing pimping business. Hal, meanwhile, enters into a relationship with Emily Lacey (Holli Dempsey), and they share an ambition to achieve something with their lives.

Catherine the Great

Sky Atlantic has released new photos which offer a few new glimpses into CATHERINE THE GREAT epic series which they’re doing with HBO to air sometime this year. The lavish 18th century series will chart the latter years of

The new series will probably hit the small screens sometime this spring or summer

Catherine’s 34 year reign, as she turns Russia, which was mostly looked down upon by the rest of Europe before her, into one of the greatest powers of Europe.


Written by Elizabeth I’s Nigel Williams, the four part mini series will see Helen Mirren playing the legendary Russian monarch while Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke as Potemkin and Helen Mirren as Empress Catherine the Great. Together they’ve turned 18th century Russia into the leading power of Europe.

will play her long standing lover Russian General Grigory Potemkin. The series also stars Joseph Quinn as her son Grand Prince Paul, Georgina

Real Catherine was not a s skinny woman as Helen Mirren

Beedle as Princess Natalia, Antonia Clarke as Princess Sofia, Phil Dunster as Count Andrei Razumovsky, Adam el Hagar as Valerian Zubov, Paul Kaye as infamous rebel and impostor Emelyan Pugachev and Sam

The series was written by Nigel Williams

Palladio as Catherine’s young lover Alexander Vasilchikov. Rory Kinnear is Panin, a skilful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son, Richard Roxburgh is Prince Grigory Orlov, her most famous lover who helped her

The series will also air on HBO in Northern America

come to power by overthrowing her husband, Kevin McNally is his brother Alexei Orlov, Bodyguard’s Gina McKee is her confidant and lifelong friend Countess Bruce, Clive Russell is The Fool!

Beautiful Intro

I just binged watch 2007 War and Peace (8 hrs) a few days ago, while I was waiting for a new keyboard and mouse.  It came back to me that I believe the intro to this series (music and film) is one of the finest I’ve ever seen.  I’d thought I share it with you, again.

War and Peace 2007


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.

Count of Monte Cristo – New Series coming



The ITV-owned indie is working with Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield on the remake after it emerged that Aidan Turner’s scythe-wielding drama is set to come to an end following its next season.

The story, written by The Three Musketeers author Dumas, is set between 1815 and 1839 in France and Italy. It follows the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France ahead of the Hundred Days period, when Napoleon returned to power. It is an adventure story following a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.

Mammoth Screen boss Damien Timmer told Deadline that The Count of Monte Cristo was “arguably one of the most iconic and thrilling stories ever written” and that it would “follow the huge international success of Poldark.

“There are several new projects I’m working on, but following our five-year collaboration on Poldark, I’m thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Damien Timmer and Karen Thrussell at Mammoth Screen by developing The Count of Monte Cristo with them,” Horsfield told Radio Times. “Dumas’ classic is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time and we’re excited to be bringing his compelling characters and edge of the seat storytelling to the screen.”

Poldark’s scribe is working on the new series

Carmilla 2018


First photos from historical horror drama CARMILLA based on Sheridan Le Fanu‘s 1871 novel set in the late 18th century! The cast includes Tobias Menzies, Greg Wise and Jessica Raine, who are no strangers to the genre of costume drama.

Emily Harris is directing the movie as her debut feature
Broadchurch’s Hannah Rae and young German actress Devrim Lingnauare also in the cast next to illusionist Scott Silven. Inspired by one of the earliest novels on vampires, set in the late 1780s, CARMILLA follows Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine), governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship.

The production has started back in September

However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor (Tobias Menzies), Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.

In Post Production.

Sons of Liberty 2015

In celebrating our fight for freedom from a tyrannical King, this is a true story of just a small portion that helped out nation become independent.  I thought this series was excellent.  Rent or stream if you can.  The story of a group of very different men fighting in the American Colonies for freedom, and how they will shape the future for the United States of America. Based on true stories.





Sam Adams Speech to Congress

Onegin 1999

A favorite

Another member of the Fiennes family leaves a mark in the film business, as Martha Fiennes makes her big-screen directorial debut with a screen adaptation of the verse novel by Aleksander Pushkin, with her big brother Ralph Fiennes in the leading role. Onegin (Fiennes) is a blase man who has grown weary of the social whirl of his life in St. Petersburg in the 1820s. Onegin’s wealthy uncle has recently passed on, bequeathing him a large estate in the country, where the financially embarrassed Onegin has now chosen to live. Onegin makes fast friends with his neighbor Lensky (Toby Stephens), who introduces Onegin to his fiancée Olga (Lena Headley). Olga in turn introduces him to her mother (Harriet Walker) and her younger sister, Tatyana (Liv Tyler). Onegin finds Tatyana interesting, and she is strongly infatuated with him, finding him coolly attractive and enjoying his straightforward way of expressing himself. Tatyana makes her feelings known to Onegin in a love letter, but he calmly rejects her advances. Lensky senses Tatyana’s attraction to Onegin and talks to him about her; Lensky is shocked when Onegin says he regards her as unintelligent, and in a moment of anger Lensky challenges his friend to a duel. Neither man wants to kill the other, but both are too stubborn to back down, and Onegin ends up shooting Lensky, forcing him to flee to parts unknown. Six years later, a older and more humble Onegin re-encounters the married Tatyana and begs her for a second chance.

Synopsis by Mark Deming


Vanity Fair 2018

  ‘VANITY FAIR’ TV SERIES – 7 Episodes 
Vanity Fair will air in seven hourlong episodes    (IMDB says 8 episodes)

ITV’s new period set series VANITY FAIR published at ‘Radio Times’! We still don’t know when is ITV planning to air the costume drama based on William Thackeray‘s famous novel, whether in Autumn or maybe even during summer. Set in the Napoleonic era it follows the destiny of resourceful Becky Sharp played by Olivia Cooke.


The seven part drama coming from Poldark‘s and Victoria‘s Mammoth Screen, is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing,

Olivia Cooke the star of Spielberg’s Ready Player One takes the lead

cheating, fighting and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.



Her main love interest daft Captain Rawdon Crawley is played by Tom Bateman with Charlie Rowe as poor soldier George Osborne, Johnny

After airing on ITV in UK, Vanity Fair will air on Amazon too in US

Flynn as Dobbin, Martin Clunes as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Touras Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones as snobbish Miss Pinkerton and

The saga is based on William Thackeray’s classic novel

Michael Palin as Thackeray himself. Claudia Jessie will play Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley, with Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinneras her parents, and David Fynn as her brother Joss.

Dickinson (TV series)


We’ve really had a great week announcing new period set projects and here’s another one to finish it in the same vein:Hailee Steinfeld will lead Apple’s costume series DICKINSON on the famous American poet, but it will be a half hour comedy series! 

will be set in the 1800’s during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is Emily’s coming of age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard.
The series will, sadly, be a comedy one