John Adams 2008

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies revolution when government harms natural rights.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

A bill of particulars documenting the king’s “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the Americans’ rights and liberties.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these states

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

This section essentially finished the case for independence. The conditions that justified revolution have been shown.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

The signers assert that there exist conditions under which people must change their government, that the British have produced such conditions, and by necessity the colonies must throw off political ties with the British Crown and become independent states. The conclusion contains, at its core, the Lee Resolution that had been passed on July 2.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hopper takes the helm for this epic, seven-part miniseries produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and presenting American history as seen from the perspective of fiercely independent founding father John Adams (Paul Giamatti). Based on author David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the film tells the tale of a leader whose remarkable vision helped to guide a burgeoning republic through an especially tumultuous period. Thanks to the tireless support of his loving wife Abigail (Laura Linney), and lifelong friendship with political rivalry Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), John Adams rose to prominence as the spokesman for the American independence movement before moving on to become America’s first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, the second American President, and the father of the sixth American President. As with McCullough’s best-selling biography, the film draws on a comprehensive collection of letters, diaries, and family papers in order to create the most accurate representation of Adams’ life and achievements ever captured on film.>


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5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’

By Meghan O’Keefe
June 21, 2015 // 9:00am

5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’


A few years ago, an absorbing soap opera about the drama going on in a massive Yorkshire estate in the 1910s and 1920s took the world by storm. Downton Abbey renewed mainstream America’s interest in British costume drama and introduced us all to the Crawley clan. But Downton Abbey is almost over. So, what British export can hope to take its place in our collective Yankee hearts? Based on what we’ve seen, Masterpiece‘s latest series, Poldark, might just be your new summer obsession.

The original Poldark crossed the pond in 1975 and became one of Masterpiece’s first massive American hits. The story — which is based on Winston Graham’s Cornwall novels — has been compared to everything from Gone With The Wind to Pride & Prejudice. It’s a sweeping saga about a lovable gentleman rogue named Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner). Young Captain Poldark returns home from the Revolutionary War to discover that everything he loved is lost. How will he rebuild? Can he rebuild? Will he forever pine after his childhood love? Or will the earthy Demelza (Elinor Tomlinson) turn his head? Poldark tackles all this and more.

If that hasn’t sold you, here are five reasons why we suspect Poldark might be the next Downton Abbey.

It’s Already A Super Big Deal In England

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Even though Downton Abbey still has at least one season to go, England has already moved on. “Poldark fever” is an actual thing that gripped Brits this spring. The season finale had nearly 6 million viewers. What does that mean? It means that 1 in 4 Brits who were watching TV were watching it. For bigger context, those are akin to stateside Game of Thrones numbers. Poldark is a ratings smash and it might just have the juice to make the leap stateside.

It’s The Anti-‘True Detective’


As American television keeps pushing the boundaries of storytelling, it also seems to be pushing the boundaries of taste. Everything has to be dark, gritty, shocking, bloody, and sometimes appalling. While you can expect grim nihilism from HBO shows, don’t look for it in Poldark. It’s old-fashioned, straight-forward storytelling with a hero whose biggest foe is his own pride. The cinematography is glorious, the acting superb, and the characters are all shockingly earnest. I mean, the bad guys are a family of miserly bankers called the Warleggans, for goodness sake. The show’s one fault might be how simple it is, but then, it’s so well-done and absorbing that watching it feels like you’re cozying up to an old familiar friend.

It’s Got This Really, Really, REALLY Hot Guy

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The biggest British crossovers usually have wonderful writing, fantastic acting, one dashing heartthrob. Poldark’s hunk is its criminally good-looking lead, Aidan Turner. You might recognize Turner for his work on the cult hit Being Human or as Kili, the hot dwarf who flirted with Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit movies. Playing Ross Poldark is Turner’s “Darcy moment.” In fact, there’s a moment in episode three that rivals Colin Firth’s legendary wet shirt scene in Pride & Prejudice. A shirtless Captain Poldark is seen reaping wheat in a field with a scythe and it was enough to almost melt British twitter. Will it be enough to melt your heart? (WELL, I HOPE SO. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?)

The Women Are The Real Heroes


Part of Downton Abbey’s success is its focus on its brilliant female characters. Lord Grantham might rule over Downton Abbey, but it’s Lady Mary, Anna, and the Dowager Countess we tune in for. Poldark doesn’t just take its name from its charismatic leading man, but from the entire Poldark clan. There’s Elizabeth Poldark (Heida Reed), Ross’s elegant childhood love torn between her love of Ross and her duties to her husband, his feckless cousin, Francis. Then there’s Verity Poldark (Ruby Bentall). She’s as true, courageous, and honest as her name would suggest. Finally, there’s the feisty street urchin-turned-kitchen wench, Demelza Carne (Elinor Tomlinson). She lends the show its passionate heart and is the program’s romantic heroine.
It’s Yet Another Romantic Masterpiece From ‘Masterpiece’


One of the things I love most about PBS’s Masterpiece is that I know it will never let me down. It’s constantly cherry-picking the best television that Britain has to offer and Poldark is no different. In fact, Poldark might be my favorite Masterpiece offering in quite some time. The show is about the tensions that boil between old and new, rich and poor, and the future and the past. It’s about how drama erupts when people succumb to fear, pride, and jealousy.

Most of all, it’s about how love has the power to light us through our darkest days. If you’ve ever fallen for a Mr. Darcy, a Heathcliff, a Horatio Hornblower, or a Jamie Fraser…then Ross Poldark will capture your heart. And if you have a soft spot for tempestuous upstarts like Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlett O’Hara, Jane Eyre, or Claire Randall… then you’re really going to like Demelza. And if you like streaming amazing quality entertainment for free, you’re going to love watching it on your PBS app after it premieres tonight. [Watch Poldark on PBS]


Mozart’s Sister 2010

Mozarts Sister 2010Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, rebels against the limitations imposed on her by society in this historical biopic from director René Féret. As a young girl, Nannerl (Marie Féret) was a musical prodigy. Subsequently bumped out of the spotlight by her virtuoso younger brother, Wolfgang (David Moreau), Nannerl watches as her sibling is groomed for greatness by their father, Leopold (Marc Barbé), and performs for royalty. Nannerl’s musical career takes an even greater hit, however, when she comes of age and finds herself forbidden from writing or playing music. The passionate young musician finds a means of rebelling against the sexist mores of her time, however, after striking up a close friendship with Louis XV’s children.

Poldark 2015


 Poldark 2015    (season 1 – 8 episodes)
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 Georgian  1714-1830
 Ross Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father is dead, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. It is the late 1700s in Cornwall, England. This is a family drama, but is also about the challenges and conflicts between the rich and the poor. It is a time when fishermen are not catching much fish, tin and copper mines are closing down because prices are too low, but the price of food and rents are high. Ross faces the challenge of making his land productive, caring for the tenants who rely on him, and trying to win back the woman he loved – or finding a reason to live without her.

 Edward Bazalgette
Will McGregor
Writer / Screenplay:
 Debbie Horsfield
Major Cast:
 Aidan Turner, Elinor Tomlinson
Film Locations:
ming Locations

  • Corsham, Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Town Hall, Corsham, Wiltshire, England, UK
  • Cornwall, England, UK
  • Bristol, England, UK
  • Chavenage House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, UK
    (Trenwith – Charles Poldark’s Cornish family home)
  • High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, England, UK
    (street in Truro)
  • Horton Court, Horton, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, England, UK
    (courtroom scenes)
  • The Bottle Yard Studios, Whitchurch Lane, Bristol, England, UK
  • Chavenage Chapel, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, UK
    (Sawle church)
  • Prior Park College, Bath, Somerset, England, UK
  • Prior Park, Bath, Somerset, England, UK
  • Charlestown Harbour, Charlestown, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Wheal Owles Mine, Penwith, St Just, Cornwall, England, UK
    (Wheal Leisure mine)
  • Constantine Bay, near Padstow, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Pedn Vounder Beach, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Levant Mine, Trewellard, St Just, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Lizard Point, Landewednack, nr Helston, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Gunwalloe Church Cove, nr Helston, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Porthgwarra, Land’s End, Cornwall, England, UK
  • St Fagans National History Museum, St Fagans, South Glamorgan, Wales, UK
  • Helston, Cornwall, England, UK
  • Poldark Mine, Trenear, Helston, Cornwall, UK
    (The Poldark Mine)
 UK March 8, 2015
US June 14th, 2015



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Vanity Fair 1998

Vanity Fair 1998

 Vanity Fair 1998     (TV mini 1998-1999)
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Georgian  (Napoleonic Era)  1805
  TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Drama
By Daisy Miller: This version of Vanity Fair is from the 1998 A&E six-episode TV mini-series. Set in 19th century London, this is William Thackeray’s story of two very different women in English society. The main character is beautiful but devious, Becky Sharp, played impeccably by Natasha Little. This character seems very much like strong-willed and determined Scarlett OHara in “Gone With the Wind.” Becky’s best friend, subtly attractive and good-hearted Amelia Sedley, is the other lead. This character seems very much like sweet and trusting Melanie in “Gone With the Wind.” As these two women weave their lives into those of their friends and family, it becomes fascinating to watch Becky’s expert manipulations toward her own personal gains and Amelia’s wallowing in self-pity and remorse over her circumstances. Becky uses the emotions of others (mostly men) to get what she wants. When one idea falters, she is ready with another, never giving up hope of accumulating wealth and position. Amelia, on the other hand, is controlled by her own emotions. She is unable to rise above her station as she clings to erroneous romantic fantasies of love and loyalty. Superbly produced in every aspect and a grand film for period piece lovers if one can invest the time of nearly six hours of viewing.

Spoilers in this Fan Video

 Marc Munden
Writer / Screenplay:
 Andrew Davies | William Makepeace Thackeray
Major Cast:
  Natasha Little, Frances Grey, David Ross, Philip Glenister, Michele Dotrice, Janine Duvitski, Nathaniel Parker, Jeremy Swift, Tom Ward
Film Locations:
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
(German Bad Pumpernickel Hotel interiors)
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Miserden, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Paris, France
Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, England, UK
(Lord Steyne’s house)
Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe School, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
(Hyde Park/other London parks)
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
(Brighton scenes)
Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
(ballroom scene)
Wales, UK
Warwickshire, England, UK

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Northanger Abbey 2007

Northanger Abbey 2007

 Northanger Abbey 2007
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Georgian 1978
 Northanger Abbey was filmed in England and first telecast in the U.S. on December 2, 1987. This 90-minute adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel incorporates the author’s usual interconnecting themes of true love and acquisition of wealth, and tosses in a little Gothic mystery for good measure. Katherine Schlesinger stars as the 17-year-old heroine, who has been encouraged to seek out a suitably rich husband while on holiday in Bath. She finds the love of her life, and also more excitement than she ever dreamt possible. Veteran British movie personality Googie Withers is cast as a mercenary matron. Northanger Abbey was PBS’ second Masterpiece Theatre presentation of the 1987-88 season

 Jon Jones
Writer / Screenplay:
 Jane Austen, Andrew Davies
Major Cast:
 Felicity Jones, JJ Feild, Carey Mulligan, William Beck, Catherine Walker
Film Locations:
  • Ardbraccan House, County Meath, Ireland
    (Fullerton church and rectory)
  • Charleville Forest Castle, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Dublin Castle, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    (Beechen Cliff scenic walk)
  • Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Higginsbrook, Trim, County Meath, Ireland
    (rectory at Fullerton)
  • King’s Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Lismore Castle, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
    (Northanger Abbey)
 PBS [us]
 Gallery Full Film 1:32
Northanger Abbey 1987
Northanger Abbey 1987




The Affair of the Necklace 2001

The Affair of the Necklace

Affair of the Necklace  2001
 Georgian  1781
 Historical Romantic Drama
 In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklaceBased on a true story.

 Charles Shyer
Writer / Screenplay:
John Sweet
Major Cast:
Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan
Christopher Walken as Count Cagliostro
Simon Baker as Rétaux de Villette
Adrien Brody as Nicholas de Lamotte
Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette
Brian Cox as Baron de Breteuil/Narrator
Simon Shackleton as King Louis XVI
Hermione Gulliford as Nicole Leguay d’Oliva
Hayden Panettiere as Young Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Film Locations:
 Alincourt, Ardennes, France
Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Chateau Kacina, Czech Republic
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
Compiègne, Oise, France
Dobrís, Czech Republic
Lednice, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
St. Barbara’s Cathedral, Kutná Hora, Stredoceský, Czech Republic
Valtice, Czech Republic
Versailles, Yvelines, FranceR

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The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
 The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999
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 Georgian (French Revolution)  1793
 Baroness Orczy’s frequently filmed adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel has been the subject of two different British TV series, the second of which aired nearly half a century after the first. Debuting on BBC1 on January 24, 1999, the “new” Scarlet Pimpernel was, like its predecessor, set during the dark days of the French Revolution. The estimable Richard E. Grant starred as Sir Percy Blakeney, an insufferably haughty British dandy. Unbeknownst to virtually everyone (including his wife, Marguerite, played by American actress Elizabeth McGoven), Sir Percy spent his evenings in the guise of the dashing, fearless Scarlet Pimpernel, savior of many French noblepersons who would otherwise have been condemned to the guillotine by the Revolutionary Tribunal. Together with a small band of confederates, the “damn’d elusive Pimpernel” enjoyed nothing more than thoroughly confounding his perennial nemesis, the skulking Citizen Chauvelin (Martin Shaw). Though played with tongue firmly in cheek, the series boasted some pretty impressive fencing sequences, staged by the talented Terry Walsh. Six 90-minute episodes of The Scarlet Pimpernel were seen in Britain in weekly clusters of three each, the last one airing on November 1, 2000. The series was produced in association with the American A&E cable channel, which ran the six episodes on a monthly rather than weekly basis.

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Writer / Screenplay:
 see   IMDB
Major Cast:
 Richard E. Grant
Martin Shaw
Elizabeth McGovern
Film Locations:
  • Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • Litomysl, Czech Republic
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Salmovsky Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
    (Palais de Justice)
  • Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    (Blakeney mansion)
  • Zatec, Czech Republic
 See Series 1 on You Tube
Nominated for a BAFTA


The Scarlet Pimpernel was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, for its resemblance to 18th century Paris (and absence of satellite dishes).
As of 2014, none of the episodes from the second season have ever been released for purchase in North America.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duel and Vanity Fair were both in production at the same time as series one, which made it a challenge for the costume department to locate enough boots and clothing to outfit all the extras.

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ITV Encore Greenlights ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, Sean Bean To Star

Sean Bean is to face Frankenstein’s monster in a new ITV adaptation of Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic.

The Game of Thrones star will play Inspector John Marlott, a new character in what is being described as a “re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth”.

Set in 1827, the six-part drama follows the inspector as he investigates a mutilated body washed up on the Thames.

It will be the first original drama for ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore since it launched earlier this year.

Shooting starts in Northern Ireland in January.

According to ITV and producers Rainmark Films, the drama opens with Bean’s character being recruited by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers.

But, as he waits to make an arrest, the inspector discovers the body of a dead child. On further examination of the corpse he is horrified to discover it’s not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form.

Over the course of six, hour-long episodes Marlott attempts to track down the killer.

“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” said the series’ co-creator and director Benjamin Ross (Poppy Shakespeare, RKO281).

“He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario,” added Benjamin.

ITV has yet to confirm a transmission date for the series, but it is due in the same year as a new big screen adaptation of the horror story.

Victor Frankenstein will star James McAvoy as the eponymous doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, his hunchbacked lab assistant.

Date to be announced

Some Facts about Outlander

The Costumes Are as Authentic as Possible—Including What’s Underneath!

No Velcro, no zippers, not a lot of shoes, and kilts are worn as kilts are supposed to be worn – with absolutely nothing underneath. These are true Scots! What’s not authentic are the effects of war and journeying through the highlands. To achieve the look of well-worn clothing, the costumes are attacked with cheese graters, burned with blow torches, and aged by tying them up with string and baking them.

Every Single Kilt Is Worn Differently.

“All of our actors wear their kilts just a bit differently from each other,” Outlander’s costumer Terry Dresbach tells us. “They personalize them and make them very much their own. We are talking about 12 yards of fabric that has to be belted and tucked by each actor, and they have developed their own ways of wearing them that belongs very much to them. It is incredibly important that they FEEL like their
character, and helping them to find that place is an essential part of our job.”


Sam (Jamie) Finds His Kilt “Liberating.”

“Sam/Jamie wears his with almost a long skirt hanging down the back that swings beautifully when he moves,” Outlander costumer Terry Dresbach says. Sam himself told us that he hates wearing trousers and finds kilts “liberating” and “freeing”…Especially while riding a horse.


While Scottish dialect has had sort of a revival from being thought of as slang, Scottish Gaelic of the 1700s is very different from anything anyone speaks today. It was not easy for the actors to learn, especially since they had to get used to a whole new set of sounds and had to learn to loosen their throats. One Gaelic word you’ll hear a lot on the show is “Sassenach,” which means “outlander.” It’s supposed to be a slightly offensive term for someone out of place, but it also becomes Jamie’s affectionate nickname for Claire.


The show is almost entirely shot on location all over Scotland, with very little green screen. “I think when people watch the show, they’ll fall in love with Scotland,” native Scotsman Sam Heughan tells us. “You’ll be amazed.” Caitriona Balfe agrees, saying, “There’s such a harsh climate there, and I think that really affects how people are and the realness and rawness of the story, so I think it was very important to everybody that we have that as an element in our show as well.”



Violence, torture, rape. Outlander will venture into true Games of Thrones-esque territory (and then some!) before season one is over. The greatest offender, of course, is Black Jack (Tobias Menzies), the ancestor of Claire’s husband Frank. And anyone who has read the books will tell you that what he does to Claire and Jamie won’t be easily erased from your mind. “That character, I would argue, is a study of sadism,” Menzies says of Black Jack. “He’s interested in people’s boundaries, their pain thresholds, what they can handle. It’s a rather sickening investigation.” Bring your Tums. And a shot of Scotch.