An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
ITV is preparing 19th century India set mini seriesBEECHAM HOUSE and now the cast has been revealed as well! Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled in that
region, the drama depicts the fortunes of the residents of BEECHAM HOUSE, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns. Tom Bateman will play enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion to begin a new life with his family. Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and has resolved to conduct his business as a trader in a more equitable manner. Determined to escape his previous life, John appears haunted by his past, but is inspired to become an honourable member of the region’s trading community. In spite of John’s good intentions his life is shrouded in mystery and when he arrives at the house with an ‘olive-skinned‘ child named August and two Indian nursemaids, Chanchal (Shriya
Pilgaonkar) and Maya (Trupti Khamkar), it causes speculation amongst the servants that he may be the boy’s father. One of the nursemaids, the beautiful Chanchal, is overly protective and particularly fond of the child. Could she be John’s lover and the mother of August? Lesley Nicol plays John’s robust, interfering mother Henrietta who has travelled from England to India to stay with her son. She is accompanied by a young family friend Violet (Bessie Carter) who she is determined to help form a union with John. The pair are accompanied by an old friend of John’s, Samuel Parker (MarcWarren) who has also left the East India Company and has returned to India for a fresh start. Samuel helps John to find his brother Daniel who he has not
seen for 10 years. John convinces Daniel (Leo Suter) to leave the East India Company and join him at BEECHAMHOUSE. Gregory Fitoussi plays General Castillon, a French mercenary working for the Emperor at a time when the French are challenging the East India Company for India. Castillon is suspicious of John and his motives and conspires to stop John being granted a trading licence. Adil Ray is John’s neighbour Murad Beg who dislikes General Castillon intensely and agrees to help John secure a trading
licence. Murad’s daughter, Roshanara, (Kanika Kapur) has an English governess Margaret Osborne (Dakota Blue Richards) whose beauty and intelligence catches John’s attention. However, when beautiful Chandrika (Pallavi Sharda) arrives at Beecham House with her entourage she is shown to luxurious guest quarters and immediately insists on seeing August. What secrets does Chandrika bring with her to Beecham House?
ITV TO TURN JANE AUSTEN’S LAST NOVEL INTO TV SERIES
Beside Victoria and upcoming Vanity Fair, British ITV and US Masterpiece are giving us a new 19th century series! Jane Austen’s last novel SANDITON written just a few months before her death will be turned into an eight-part drama.
It tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown to the would-be coastal resort SANDITON, it exposes Charlotte to the dalliances of a seaside town on the make and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love. Andrew Davies, the man who superficialized War and Peace at BBC, is adapting!
Andrew Davies, to me, is as good as Sandy Welsh and Julian Fellows. Extraordinary writers, screenwriters.
Austen wrote Sanditon months before dying
It was commissioned by Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton and ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill. It is exec produced by Davies and Belinda Campbell and series produced by Georgina Lowe. It is expected to start filming in spring 2019 with BBC Studios selling globally.
Eaton said, “Jane Austen and Andrew Davies are a match made in Masterpiece heaven. We can’t wait to introduce our audience to this wise and wonderful drama.”
Hill said, “It’s a rich, romantic, family saga built upon the foundations Jane Austen laid. There is no one better to adapt her unfinished novel than Andrew who has an incredible track record for bold and original adaptations. We’re delighted to commission Sanditon from Belinda Campbell and her team at Red Planet Pictures.”
Davies added, “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment. Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It’s been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.”
Something lesbiefriendly today, spylings! BBC has revealed the whole cast for their period set mini series GENTLEMAN JACK (previously known as Shibden Hall) which will celebrate 19th century feminism led by Surrane Jones! Can’t say I’m overly optimistic given the fact the eight episode series has been written by Sally Wainwright who gave us the borderline unwatchable and mind numbingly uninspired To Walk Invisible, but we shall give it the benefit of the doubt. The series will air on HBO in USA.
Courtesy of Hollywood Spy
Surrane Jones will be the Gentleman Jack!
Gentleman Jack will be set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, revolving around landowner Anne Lister (Surrane Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. But charismatic, single minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister – who dressed head to foot in black and charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature, she plans to marry a woman. And not just any woman: the woman Anne Lister marries must be seriously wealthy. Every part of Anne’s story was recorded in her diaries that contain the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code that is now broken.The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife.
Sophie Rundle will play Lister’s love interest!
WHO WILL VISIT SHIBDEN HALL?
Jamestown’s Sophie Rundle will play Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress on whom Anne Lister sets her sights to marry; Gemma Whelan will portray Anne Lister’s sister, Marian! Timothy West is the sisters’ father, Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones plays Aunt Anne Lister. Stephanie Cole stars as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison as William Priestley, Ann Walker’s cousin; Amelia Bullmore as Eliza Priestley, his wife; Vincent Franklin as Christopher Rawson, businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister, Shaun Dooley as his brother and business partner; with Joe Armstrong, Jodhi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Thomas Howes, Jessica Baglow and newcomers Albane Courtois and Ben Hunter also in the cast!
Joe Armstrong and Thomas Howes will lead the male part of the cast