The Spanish Princess (more photos)

We continue with the First Look exclusives that Entertainment Weekly has published in their latest issue with new photos from Starz’ epic drama THE SPANISH PRINCESS which will probably hit the small screens sometime next spring. One of the photos reveals Charlotte Hope as Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon as she arrives to England with her entourage in order to marry prince Arthur, Henry VIII’s (Ruairi O’Connor) brother. The secondphoto shows Laura Carmichael as Maggie Pole. Elliot Cowan will play the King of England! Among the characters there will also be a black woman who served as Catherine’s lady-in-waiting for 24 years.


1st trailer has been released for Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare drama ALL IS TRUE which also stars Judi Dench and Ian McKellen! The story

The movie will get a limited week long release in December ahead of the awards season but will get official release date in 2019
is set in 1613 when Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the

The movie is getting limited December release ahead of the awards race
ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son

Judi Dench already starred with Kenneth in Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale
Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife (Judi Dench) and daughters. In so doing, he is forced to examine his own failings

Isn’t Sir Ian McKellen lovely as Lord Southampton?
as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. Sir Ian McKellen is his patron, the Earl of

Directed by Branagh, the movie was written by Black Adder’s Ben Elton
Southampton. Official movie release is set for February but it will play in selected theatres before Christmas ahead of Oscars nomination race.





Medici: The Magnificent



Netflix has released for the second season of Medici: Masters of Florence epic TV series,

Medici should start soon on Netflix!

this time titled MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT which already aired in Italy, but will air on Netflix soon too! It sees Daniel Sharmanplaying Cosimo’s grandson Lorenzo De Medici who is now taking over the family’s business.

1470. Medici’s family power has been consolidated over time. Lorenzo  (Daniel Sharman) is called to take his father’s place after an attempt on his life which reveals years of poor bank management

Sarah Parish, Danial Sharman and Bradley James as the Medicis!

from them. As new head of Medici’s family he has to take care of his brother Giuliano (Bradley James) and his sister Bianca (Aurora Ruffino). He

The third season is already shooting in Rome!

marries Clarice Orsini (Synnove Karlsen), a noble woman from Rome, and his friendship with Botticelli (Sebastian de Souza) gives life to Renaissance.

Synnove Karlsen plays Lorenzo’s wife Clarice Orsini

His conflict with Pope Sixtus brings Florence to the most bloody moment of its history, the Pazzi conspiracy.


 Bradley James as Lorenzo’s brother Giuliano De Medici, Raoul Bova as Pope Sixtus IV,  Julian Sands as Piero De Medici, Sarah Parish as

Bradley James and Daniel Sharman as the Medici brothers

Lorenzo’s and Giuliano’s mother Lucrezia De Medici, Sean Bean as their enemy Jacopo De Pazzi, Alessandra Mastronardi as Lucrezia Donati and others.

Canadian director Christian Duguay is already helming the third season MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT PART II in Rome with Francesco

Alessandra Mastronardi is Lorenzo’s love interest Lucrezia Donati

Montanari joining the cast as radical preacher Girolamo Savonarola, who became leader of Florence after the Medici family’s overthrow in 1494.

Sean Bean as Medici’s enemy Jacopo de Pazzi with his sons!

Lorenzo De Medici has now become a man who will have to fight against his demons and defend Florence from new internal and external threats! He will

Francesco Montanari is playing Girolamo Savonarola in the third season

find himself clashing more and more with the rising discontent of the people, who find their inspiration in the figure of Savonarola!

Medici (2) – The Magnificent


You probably remember that your spy’s favourite epic series last year was Medici: Masters of Florence! The first season was absolutely magnificent and it seems the second one could be, at least its name says so, the same: MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENTis ready to start airing on Italian national broadcaster RAI October 23rd and we can hope it will air its English language version sometime this winter on NetflixUnlike the first season which followed Cosimo Medici in the amazing performance of Richard Madden, this one will focus on his grandsons Lorenzo, played by Daniel Sharman, and his brother Giuliano, played by Bradley James. The cast will also include Sarah Parish as their mother Lucrezia, Sean Bean as their enemy Jacopo de’ Pazzi, Raoul Bova as Pope Sixtus IV, Sebastian de Souza as Sandro Botticelli and Alessandra Mastronardi as Lucrezia Donati!

has the story set in 1470. Medici’s family power has been consolidated over time. Lorenzo is called to take his father’s place after an attempt on his life which reveals years of poor bank management from them. As new head of Medici’s family, he has to take care of his brother Giuliano and his sister Bianca. He marries Clarice Orsini, a noble woman from Rome, and his friendship with Botticelli gives life to Renaissance. His contrast with Pope Sixtus brings Florence to the most bloody moment of its History, the Pazzi conspiracy.
The second season starts October 23rd in Italy
Sarah Parish, Daniel Sharman and Bradley James are the Medicis


Netflix will air the English version probably this winter!

The Spanish Princess

Charlotte Hope will be Catherine of Aragon!

I‘ve already told you before that after the success of The White Princess, which was probably one of the best epic series last year, Starz is making THE SPANISH PRINCESS sequel series also based on Philippa Gregory‘s books, and now they’ve announced the cast too led by Charlotte Hopeand our dear Elliot Cowan!


Continuing the saga of the Tudor dynasty, it will be a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen

Alicia Boracherro, Elliot Cowan and Alexandra Moen will rule the courts

uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of colour, living and working in 16th century London.


In the focus of it all is Charlotte Hope as young Catherine of Aragon! Promised in marriage to the future King of England Prince Arthur (Angus Imrie), Catherine is the source of curiosity, resentment and suspicion among

Olly Rix, Richard Pepper and Philip Cumbus will hunk up the cast!

her new family; the formidable Margaret Beaufort (Harriet Walter), Arthur’s guardian Margaret (Maggie) Pole (Laura Carmichael),   Arthur’s charismatic brother Prince Harry who will become King Henry VIII (Ruairi O’Connor), his sister Margaret (Meg) Tudor (Georgie Henley), their father

Alan McKenna, Jordan Renzo and Aaron Cobham!

King Henry Tudor (Elliot Cowan) and mother Queen Elizabeth (Alexandra Moen). Philip Cumbus will play famous Thomas Wolsey. When Prince Arthur dies shortly after their wedding, Catherine finds her future as Queen in question and at the mercy of a divided Tudor court under the threat of

Angus Imrie, Laura Carmichael and Georgie Henley!

enemies both abroad and closer to home. Catherine’s ladies will be played by Nadia Parkes, as Rosa, and Stephanie Levi John, as Lina de Cardonnes! Aaron Cobham will play a young soldier of the Spanish court, Oviedo. Alan McKenna will be Tudor noble Richard Pole with Richard Pepper as Thomas, Earl of Wiltshire! Our dear Olly Rix will play Edward Stafford and

Stephanie Levi John, Ruairi O’Connor and Harriet Walter.

Jordan Renzo will be Charlie Brandon. Daniel Cerqueira will be De Fuensalida, ambassador to England and loyal servant of Spanish Queen Isabella, played by Spanish star Alicia Borrachero! PS in other news from the period set TV series front, The Durrells is getting the fourth season, and there are rumours that Lord of the Rings series at Amazon might focus on young Aragorn, prince of Gondor!

Mary Queen of Scots (Epic) New images

Photo updates from some of our most anticipated 2018 period set projects this Saturday, people! The spy has found a few new photos from MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS which arrives (or possibly rides as you can see in one of  the photos) into theatres this September starring two current Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as English queen Elizabeth depicted at the time when the Scottish queen plotted against her cousin Elizabeth in order to take over her throne which only led to her own demise.

Notice the intricate details on Mary’s gown!
 Releases USA November 02, 2018

Filming Locations

Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK
Derbyshire, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Glencoe, Highland, Scotland, UK
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Mary Queen of Scots riding a horse in a magnificent blue gown
Jack Lowden (left) plays one of Mary’s husbands

Jack LowdenDavid Tennant, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle and Joe Alvyn also star. Spy on it more here!

Medici: Masters of Florence – The Magnificent (S2)

New season will also have eight episodes
Now titled MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFI- CENT, the new season will be set in 15th century Florence, following the drama of the infamous Medici family, whose political and economyoung son forced to take over the family business following an attempt on the life of his father, Piero de Medici (who was the son of Richard Madden‘s Cosimo in the first season). Lorenzo wants to abandon the cynical politics of the past and usher in a new era of political freedom and creative expressionic scheming helped shape European and world history. It will revolve this time on Lorenzo de’ Medici (Daniel Sharman), a but his attempt puts him on a collision course with the head of Florence’s other powerful banking family, Jacopo Pazzi (Sean Bean)! Bradley James is Lorenzo’s brother, Giuliano with Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, Raoul Bova and Julian Sands also in the cast.
Netflix airs the series around the world!

2018 Release.  Will be filming until Dec 2017

Daniel Sharman takes over the lead role from Richard Madden

More photos coming.

Courtesy Hollywood Spy

Bradley James will be Guiliano Medici in Medici Masters of Florence 2


The most beautiful piece of info ever as the highlight of the coming period set !  Those who know the spy probably remember when I said I was gonna ditch MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE after it was shockingly announced that Richard Madden won’t be starring in the second season, but now that the new cast has been announced for the sophomore run of the magnificent epic TV series I’m definitely watching since our dearest King Arthur Bradley James (Yessss…)has been cast in the role of Giuliano Medici! The main star of the second season, which starts shooting next month, will, however, be Daniel Sharman as his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent, the grandson of Madden’s Cosimo Medici who was the star of the first season. The eight part series will also include Julian Sands as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza as their friend, Sandro Botticelli. The pope will be played, believe it or not, by sinfully gorgeous Italian superstar Raoul Bova and Sean Bean will portray the family’s greatest rival and enemy Jacoppo Pazzi. Sarah Parish (who is no stranger to epic series as she already starred in Pillars of the Earth and Atlantis) will play the new, older version of Lorenzo’s mother while Alessandra Mastronardi will play his mistress! Italian RAI and Netflix are producing the series again to air it sometime next year.
De Souza, Sharman and Bova, left to right, will star in the second season

The second season of the best epic series in last ten years, will be set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the grandson of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced totake over the family bank, which has been mismanaged by his father. As Lorenzo, his brother, and Botticelli set about trying to make Florence a great financial and cultural center, they face off against the Pazzi family, and Pope Sixtus IV.
Alessandra Mastronardi and Sarah Parish will be the female leads


Outlaw King


Great epic news today, people! Earlier this year it was reported that Chris Pine will play Robert the Bruce, the hero of Scottish war for  independ- ence, and now Aaron Taylor Johnson has been cast as his right hand man, another 14th century Scottish legend James Douglas in Netflix’s movie OUTLAW KING

No date given


As the son of the first noble to support William Wallace when he fomented the first movement toward independence from the English, Douglas saw his father’s lands given away, and after being denied them by the English king, he joined Robert the Bruce as an outcast properly motivated to avenge his loss. Together, they learned guerilla fighting tactics that led to years of surprise attacks, sacked castles and, finally, independence. David Mackenzie is directing.
Aaron won Golden Globe this year for Nocturnal Animals

The Top Films in the era of the Renaissance 1454 – 1700

Films set in the Renaissance period – the magic of the bygone era is enhanced thanks to famous historical figures like William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth. Films set in the Renaissance period often celebrate the era by showcasing sumptuous costumes, beautiful settings and romantic storylines. These are the best of the best but in no specific order. This is a difficult film era to pick the best as there are so many favored.

Wolf Hall 2015

This release contains a six-hour historical miniseries about Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII and the Tudor court. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, Wolf Hall is a sympathetic fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More

Medici: Masters of Florence 2016-tv series

Medici: Masters of Florence is a television drama series about the Medici dynasty, set in 15th century Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, Richard Madden as Cosimo de’ Medici, and Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de’ Medici (The Elder). The series was co-created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files and Man in the High Castle) and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (The Pillars of the Earth) is set to direct all eight episodes. Episodes 1 and 2 aired on Rai 1 (Italian TV) on 18 October 2016. According to Italian ratings compiler Auditel, it attracted a record 7.6 million viewers.[2] The first season consists of 8 episodes.

The Borgias 2011-2013

Historical drama about the infamous Renaissance-era Italian family, one of whom became head of the Catholic Church as Pope Alexander VI. His son Cesare was the subject of Machiavelli’s classic The Prince.

The Tudors 2007-2010

Synopsis by Cammila Collar
Power, politics, love, religion, and blasphemy – the tale of this historical family would sound impossible if it weren’t true. The Tudors were one of the most controversial royal lines ever to sit on the throne of England, and their story is told through this opulent and suspenseful series produced by Showtime. The show stars Jonathan Rhys Myers as King Henry VIII, a charismatic and notoriously amorous figure with a lust for life, and for the beautiful women at court. His dutiful wife Katherine has served him lovingly for more than a decade, but the wife of a king in 1520 must do more than serve – she must produce an heir. As the young monarch contends with each advisor playing their own interest in the threat of war with France, fear over the security of the Tudor line grows steadily in his mind, so much so that when he becomes involved with the bewitching and ambitious Anne Boelyn, he sets off a chain of events that will change history – igniting an onslaught of tumult and intrigue that would rage on for years, serving as the catalyst for political divide, religious war, and romantic betrayal.

The White Queen 2013

The series is set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses and presents the story of the women involved in the protracted conflict for the throne of England. It starts in 1464; the nation has been at war for nine years fighting over who is the rightful King of England, as two sides of the same family, the House of York and the House of Lancaster, are in violent conflict over the throne. The story focuses on three women in their quest for power, as they manipulate events behind the scenes of history: Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville.[8] Elizabeth Woodville is the central character in the novel The White Queen, while Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville are the focus of the novels The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, respectively. However, all three characters appear in all three novels that went to make up the television series.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007

Actress Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-nominated role and director Shekhar Kapur steps back into the director’s chair for this belated sequel to the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic Elizabeth that explores the 16th century romance between the “Virgin Queen” and noted adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Michael Hirst teams with William Nicholson to pen the screenplay, and actor Geoffrey Rush returns to the role of Sir Francis Walsingham.

Game of Thrones 2011 – 2016 –

Long ago, in a distant land where summers span decades, and winters reach into infinity, the cold winds begin to blow through the kingdom of Winterfell. In the cold seasons of past, the Starks of Winterfell relied on their fierce resiliency to survive the harsh conditions. But this winter, supernatural forces are preparing to launch a devastating attack. A great battle is brewing, and whoever emerges the victor will ascend the throne.

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot 2004 BBC

A 2004 BBC miniseries loosely based upon the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son James VI of Scotland. The writer Jimmy McGovern tells the story behind the Gunpowder Plot in two parts, each centred on one of the monarchs.

Directed by Gillies MacKinnon and filmed in Romania with a key Scottish crew, the first film dramatizes the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots, played by French actress Clémence Poésy, and her third husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell played by Kevin McKidd. Scottish actor Robert Carlyle stars as James VI in the second part of the series, which concentrates on the Gunpowder Plot, planned by Guy Fawkes, to blow up the Houses of Parliament in order to rid the nation of a Protestant monarch to be replaced by a Catholic one. McGovern had previously covered the Plot in the one-hour play Traitors for BBC2’s Screenplay strand, transmitted on 5 November 1990.

Shakespeare in Love 1998

Synopsis by Merle Bertrand – William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of “The Rose,” a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he’s got a nasty case of writer’s block. Shakespeare hasn’t written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn’t written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose’s solvency on Shakespeare’s new comedy, “Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.” The problem is, “Romeo” is safely “locked away” in Shakespeare’s head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an ardent theatre-goer — scandalous for a woman of her breeding — who especially admires Shakespeare’s plays and, not incidentally, Bill himself. Alas, she’s about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola’s romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.


Luther 2003

Synopsis by Mark Deming – The life of one of the controversial figures in the history of modern religion is brought to the screen in this historical biography. Born in 1483, Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes) was an intelligent and principled young man who was studying law in early 16th century Germany when a close brush with death led him to follow a spiritual path and join a Catholic monastery. Under the guidance of Johann von Staupitz (Bruno Ganz), Luther became a valued member of the monastery’s hierarchy, and as a sign of his trust, von Staupitz asked Luther to join him for a voyage to Rome as part of church business. Luther was appalled by the corrupt practices of the leading church officials, in particular the sale of “indulgences,” in which the wealthy could purchase forgiveness for a wide variety of sins. Luther left the monastery to study theology in Wittenberg; a keen student, he later became a professor and won the support of Frederick the Wise (Peter Ustinov), who also recognized the potential controversy of Luther’s iron principles. When a new pope, Leo X, assumes the throne at the Vatican, he orders the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica. To pay the costs, an ambitious monk, Johann Tetzel (Alfred Molina), was sent out to sell indulgences to both the wealthy and the poor, leaving his audiences with little doubt of the eternal consequences that awaited those who did not empty their purses. An infuriated Luther wrote an angry essay on the corruption of the church entitled “95 Theses,” and thanks to the recent invention of the printing press, Luther’s words were soon circulated throughout Europe, leading to an angry conflict with Catholic officials which threatened to tear the church in two. Luther also features supporting performances from Claire Cox as Katharina von Bora and Jonathan Firth as Girolamo Aleandro.



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