Swords and Sceptres 2018

POSTER WITH RUPERT EVERETT AND DEREK JACOBI
Swords and Sceptres is coming out sometime this year

Now, this one still does not have a release date nor a trailer, but here is the first poster for India set epic movie SWORDS AND SCEPTRES which boasts a rather strong British cast lead by Derek Jacobi as Lord Palmerston, Rupert Everett as Sir Hugh Rose, Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Hamilton and Jodhi May as Queen Victoria herself!

SWORDS AND SCEPTRES also starring Ben Lamb and directed by female director Swati Bhise (the producer of Dev Patel‘s The Man Who Knew Infinity), is a sweeping historical tale of women’s empowerment, which brings

Devika Bhise also wrote the movie with director Swati Bhise, her mother

the true story of Lakshmibai (played by Indian star Devika Bhise whom you have watched before in The Accidental Husband and The Man Who Knew

Lakshmibai was the queen of Jhansi in mid 19th century

Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons), the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. The movie has finished production earlier last winter and should probably be released sometime later this year.

Rani of Jhansi died in battle when she was just 30 with 5,000 of her soldiers

Dickinson (TV series)

   HAILEE STEINFELD TO LEAD

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! 

DICKINSON 
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

 

Death and Nightingales (BBC epic saga)

JAMIE DORNAN & MATTHEW RHYS TO LEAD BBC EPIC SAGA  (TBA)
Irish hunk Jamie Dornan will take the male lead

BBC 2 is planning to turn Eugene McCabe‘s novel DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES into a period set mini-series, and now we have the cast! Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys will lead the three-part saga together with young Ann Skelly!

DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES
is a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge, set in the beautiful haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. A place where neighbors observe each other and inform, a world of spies, confessions and double-dealing; where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom. Set over a desperately tense 24- hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 25th birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her

Ann Skelly and Matthew Rhys will star in the new series!

Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, Death And Nightingales is a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

Victoria starts Season 3 production

 ITV has started with the production on the third season of their epic saga VICTORIA which will be set in 1848 a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety.
Laurence Fox is the new foreign minister!
MEET THE NEW CAST!
ITV has also revealed new cast members! If you were in tears after Leo Sutter‘s character was killed in the last season finale, do not despair, a new hunk is arriving to the court: Laurence Fox will play Lord Palmerston, the

Lily Travers and David Burnett are the new additions at the court!

wayward Foreign Secretary! Kate Fleetwood will portray Feodora, Victoria’s mysterious sister who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life. The eight episode season three has also added John Sessions as Prime Minister

Kate Fleetwood and Nicholas Audsley have also joined the cast

John Russell, Lily Travers as the Duchess of Monmouth, Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes to the cast. The series will air this Autumn in UK and probably next spring on PBS in USA.

The Elephant Man 1980

This is a “Must See” film. A Black and White Classic

Synopsis by Hal Erickson

John Hurt stars as John Merrick, the hideously deformed 19th century Londoner known as “The Elephant Man”. Treated as a sideshow freak, Merrick is assumed to be retarded as well as misshapen because of his inability to speak coherently. In fact, he is highly intelligent and sensitive, a fact made public when one Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues Merrick from a carnival and brings him to a hospital for analysis. Alas, even after being recognized as a man of advanced intellect, Merrick is still treated like a freak; no matter his station in life, he will forever be a prisoner of his own malformed body. Unable to secure rights for the famous stage play The Elephant Man, producer Mel Brooks based his film on the memoirs of Frederick Treves and a much later account of Merrick’s life by Ashley Montagu. The film is lensed in black and white by British master cinematographer Freddie Francis. Though nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was ultimately shut out in every category.

Read more at https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-elephant-man-v15593#MO38mwmR3GVftAMS.99

 

Death and Nightingales BBC

 NEW BBC PERIOD SET SERIES

BBC Two

It is 1883 and the farms of County Fermanagh, on the border of Ulster and what we now know as the Republic of Ireland, are crisscrossed with religious, political, and generational tensions. Through the events of a single day in the life of Elizabeth Winters, we see decades of pain, betrayal, and resentment build to a devastating climax.

Against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of McCabe’s heroine, Beth, slowly and suspensefully unfolds. Born to a Catholic mother and an unknown Catholic father, conceived shortly before her mother’s marriage to Protestant Billy Winters, Beth has lived a life of silent suffering since her mother’s death. Determined to decide her own fate but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her birth, McCabe illuminates her quiet, searing power with the tenderness of a poet, offering up a powerful, lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear families and nations apart.

The series will have three hourlong episodes

Phantom of the Opera

Coming to Netflix in May

I absolutely loved this film with Gerald Butler singing, Patrick Wilson, and Emmy Rossum.

One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London’s West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera’s grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the “Phantom of the Opera,” a spectral presence said to haunt the building, Carlotta drops out of the show, and the fates permit Christine to step in as her replacement. Christine’s performance is a triumph, and on opening night she becomes reacquainted with Raoul (Patrick Wilson), a former childhood friend who is now a wealthy and well-known nobleman. Christine soon finds herself smitten with the handsome Raoul, but the same evening she makes a startling discovery — the story of the Phantom is not just a legend. A brilliant but horribly disfigured composer (Gerard Butler) lives deep in the depths of the opera house, and taken with the beauty of Christine’s voice, he abducts her and brings her to his lair, where he offers to help her perfect her talents, offering to write an opera especially for her. As the terrified Christine is comforted by Raoul, the two fall in love, but the phantom sees her affection for Raoul as a tremendous betrayal, and the jealous phantom nearly kills Christine as he nearly killed Carlotta. When the phantom emerges to present the opera’s management with the piece he has written for Christine, the singer is asked to put her life on the line in an effort to capture the mad genius once and for all. Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical version of Gaston Leroux‘s novel, which had already enjoyed several stage and screen adaptations in the past, opened in London in 1986 and has been a popular favorite around the world ever since; the show was still running in New York and London when the film version premiered in late 2004.
Read more at https://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-phantom-of-the-opera-v286681#yclMwx20PJ725i3z.99