Netflix ‘Bridgerton’ Saga

Netflix has revealed the cast for their new period set costume series BRIDGERTON that your trusted spy has informed you about earlier this

Phoebe Dynevor is Daphne Bridgerton, the picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart. Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

summer. The small screen adaptation of Julia Quinn‘s best selling series of historical romance novels, produced by Shondaland, will star Polly Walker, 

Rege Jean Page is Simon Basset. Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage minded misses and ambitious mamas alike. Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

Phoebe Dynevor (whom we remember from BBC series Dickensian and The Village),  Regé Jean Page beside Jonathan Bailey, Golda Rosheuvel,

Polly Walker is Lady Portia Featherington, perhaps the most ambitious mama of all, determined to make advantageous matches for each of her daughters – and is forever pushing them on some rather disinterested parties. Cunning and ruthless, Lady Featherington hustles to get what she wants, no matter the cost.

Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell and Adjoa Andoh! In the eight episode drama Julie 

Luke Newton will be dashin Colin Bridgerton, used to disarming his fellow society members with good natured jokes, though a serious sense of adventure lurks behind those swoon-worthy eyes. Colin takes a liking to the newest young lady in town — but it’s this infatuation that winds up giving him more than he may have bargained for.

Andrews will be Lady Whistledown, the narrator of the story. The series will shoot this year in London for 2020 airing at Netflix!

 

THE STORY OF BRIDGERTON IS
set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with

Jonathan Bailey will be Anthony Bridgerton, quintessential English nobleman, the eldest Bridgerton sibling and dutiful head of the family since assuming his late father’s title of Viscount. Endlessly handsome, charming and rich, he’s quite the catch on this year’s marriage mart. But if he has any hope of fulfilling his oftentimes overwhelming duty of marrying and producing an heir, Anthony must first learn to temper his pursuit of pleasure.

intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family.

Golda Rosheuvel will be Queen Charlotte. The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings. It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel Sanditon Is Heading to TV

Masterpiece PBS is co-producing the author’s final work, so you know it’ll be good.

Sanditon

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Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel Sanditon is being adapted for the small screen. Written just months before the author died in 1817, the story centers around Charlotte Heywood, her unexpected trip to a posh coastal resort town, and her relationship with a handsome young man named Sidney Parker. Austen only finished eleven chapters of the story, but her original text has been extended into an eight-part miniseries

Here’s what we know about the project so far:

ROSE WILLIAMS AND THEO JAMES WILL STAR IN THE SERIES.

Other members of the cast include Anne Reid and Kris Marshall.

THE FIRST PHOTOS FROM THE MINISERIES ARE FINALLY HERE.

See a sneak peek right here:

Sanditon PBS

THEO JAMES AS SIDNEY PARKER.

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Sanditon

ROSE WILLIAMS AND THEO JAMES STAR IN THE UPCOMING ADAPTATION OF JANE AUSTEN’S FINAL UNFINISHED WORK.

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THE TEXT IS BEING ADAPTED BY SCREENWRITER ANDREW DAVIES.

You may not know Davies’s name, but you certainly know his work. He’s written a number of television programs and movies including House of Cards and Bridget Jones’s Diary, but we like to think of him as the man responsible for the much-beloved 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Basically, Austen’s last work is in good hands.

“Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment!” Davies said in a statement announcing the project.

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.”

THE SERIES WILL RUN ON ITV IN THE U.K. AND ON MASTERPIECE, PBS IN THE STATES.

In the U.S., it will premiere in 2020.

Gentleman Jack renewed for 2nd season.

Will there be a second season of ‘Gentleman Jack’?

Here’s some wonderful and unexpectedly early news for Gentleman Jack fans!

Following its hugely successful debut in the UK last month, the BBC has already confirmed that the period drama series has been renewed for a second season.

Set in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, Gentleman Jack is based on the diaries of remarkable Regency landowner Anne Lister, played by Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones.

Episode 1 was the most successful launch for a new BBC drama this year, winning its slot with a peak of 5.6 million.

Gentleman Jack will return next year with another eight episodes.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, commented: “Gentleman Jack exudes sass and originality, and has been a huge hit with our BBC One audience. We look forward to continuing Anne Lister’s journey with Sally, Suranne and the rest of the team.”

Executive producer Faith Penhale added: “I’m thrilled that viewers have embraced Anne Lister with the passion and positivity that she deserves. Sally and Suranne’s achievement in bringing this remarkable and inspirational figure back to life has been quite incredible and we can’t wait to create the next chapter in Anne’s story.”

Alongside Suranne Jones, the cast also includes Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Ann Walker, Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Anne Lister’s sister Marian, Timothy West (Last Tango In Halifax) as their father Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) as Aunt Anne Lister, with Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch), Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley).

The Nightingale – Release Aug 02

HAUNTING TRAILER FOR 18TH CENTURY COLONIAL AUSTRALIA SET THRILLER THE NIGHTINGALE WITH SAM CLAFLIN, AISLING FRANCIOSI!

PERIOD SET SAM CLAFLIN FILM

A haunting trailer has been released for Australian historical drama THE NIGHTINGALE which is out in US cinemas this August staring Sam 

Jennifer Kent has directed the movie!

Claflin. The winner of Special Jury prize at Venice Film Festival, explores the misogyny, racism, sexual violence and classism of the 1800s colonial Australia as well as the consequences of violence and the price of chasing revenge.

It follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), an Irish convict who has served her sentence in 18th century colonial Australia and is desperate to be free of her abusive master. But Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband (Michael Sheasby) retaliates, and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his

Aisling Franciosi is starring in the lead female role.

cronies.When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north.

This is probably the first time we see kindhearted Sam Claflin playing a villain

She enlists the help of Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), a young Aboriginal tracker who grudgingly takes her through the rugged terrain as the locals and the colonizers engage in the Black War. Clare and Billy are hostile toward each

Baykali Ganambarr plays the Aboriginal tracker faced with racism

other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy while weighing the true cost of revenge.

 

 

Bright Star 2009 c. 1818

In 1818 Hampstead, the fashionable Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is introduced to poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) through the Dilke family. The Dilkes occupy one half of a double house, with Charles Brown (Paul Schneider) occupying the other half. Brown is Keats’ friend, roommate, and associate in writing.

Fanny’s flirtatious personality contrasts with Keats’ notably more aloof nature. She begins to pursue him after her siblings Samuel and Toots obtain his book of poetry “Endymion”. Her efforts to interact with the poet are fruitless until he witnesses her grief for the loss of his brother Tom. Keats begins to open up to her advances while spending Christmas with the Brawne family. He begins giving her poetry lessons, and it becomes apparent that their attraction is mutual. Fanny is nevertheless troubled by his reluctance to pursue her, for which her mother (Kerry Fox) surmises, “Mr. Keats knows he cannot like you, he has no living and no income.”

It is only after Fanny receives a valentine from Brown that Keats passionately confronts them and asks if they are lovers. Brown sent the valentine in jest, but he warns Keats that Fanny is a mere flirt playing a game. Fanny is hurt by Brown’s accusations and by Keats’ lack of faith in her; she ends their lessons and leaves. The Dilkes move to Westminster in the spring, leaving the Brawne family their half of the house and six months rent. Fanny and Keats then resume their interaction and fall deeply in love. The relationship comes to an abrupt end when Brown departs with Keats for his summer rental, where Keats may earn some money. Fanny is heartbroken, though she is comforted by Keats’ love letters. When the men return in the autumn, Fanny’s mother voices her concern that Fanny’s attachment to the poet will hinder her from being courted. Fanny and Keats secretly become engaged.

Keats contracts tuberculosis the following winter. He spends several weeks recovering until spring. His friends collect funds so that he may spend the next winter in Italy, where the climate is warmer. After Brown impregnates a maid and is unable to accompany him, Keats manages to find residence in London for the summer, and is later taken in by the Brawne family following an attack of his illness. When his book sells with moderate success, Fanny’s mother gives him her blessing to marry Fanny once he returns from Italy. The night before he leaves, he and Fanny say their tearful goodbyes in privacy. Keats dies in Italy the following February of complications from his illness, just as his brother Tom did earlier in the film.

In the last moments of the film, Fanny cuts her hair in an act of mourning, dons black attire, and walks the snowy paths that Keats had walked many times. It is there that she recites the love sonnet that he had written for her called “Bright Star” as she grieves the death of her lover.

 

 

Peterloo 2018

In US November 9, 2018   |    PG-13   |    2hr 32min

 

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.

Beechum House

  ITV is preparing 19th century India set mini series BEECHAM 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 

Tom Bateman

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 

Leo Suter

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 

Pallavi Sharda and Shriya Pilgaonkar

seen for 10 years. John convinces Daniel (Leo Suter) to leave the East India Company and join him at BEECHAMHOUSEGregory 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

Marc Warren, Gregory Fitoussi and Adil Ray will star in the series
Marc Warren, Gregory Fitoussi and Adil Ray will star in the series

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?