Hearts Adrift


Dearest Reader,

Please join me next Saturday for a new story

It is not a fan mail this time, but a period drama story of my own.

Bearsham Manor, Hampshire, England , 1793

Sir Richard de Briers promises his dying father to rescue his niece and nephew from Paris. The city is in turmoil as the revolutionaries take over the country and murder the royal family. Richard and his man of business Jake Davies manage to accomplish their mission and escape to England.

From now on, Richard acts as guardian over twenty-year old Manon Favier and her little brother Jéhan. Manon is beautiful, spirited and attractive. Richard is handsome, strong and reliable.

Richard is determined to make her a proper English lady and secure a good marriage for her. Ever since he and Manon met, a dangerous kind of attraction has begun to develop, and could never be allowed to blossom.

Manon, young and innocent, knows all too well that her love for her uncle can never come true. She strives to build up a life of her own, even though it would mean a life away from her uncle.

But … love cannot be denied, so heartbreak lies ahead.

Fate intervenes in a most unexpected way, however.


BAFTA Nominations

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies

The Revenant

Cate Blanchett – Carol 
Brie Larson – Room
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Maggie Smith – Lady in the Van
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian 
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant 
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Julie Walters – Brooklyn
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Christian Bale – The Big Short
Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant
Adam McKay, The Big Short 
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

45 Years
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

The Assassin 
Force Majeure
Wild Tales

Cartel Land 
He Named Me Malala
Listen to Me Marlon

Inside Out 
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Roger Deakins, Sicario
Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies
Ed Lachman, Carol
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai, The Revenant
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sean McAllister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer), A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director), The Survivalist
Alex Garland (Director), Ex Machina
Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director), Second Coming
Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director), Rupert Lloyd (Producer), Theeb

Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Inside Out 
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Emma Donoghue, Room 
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn 
Adam McKay, Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Phyllis Nagy, Carol 
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs 

Hank Corwin, The Big Short
Michael Kahn, Bridge of Spies
Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant
Pietro Scalia, The Martian
Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies (Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo)
Carol (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson)
The Martian (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales)

Brooklyn (Odile Dicks-Mireaux)
Carol (Sandy Powell)
Cinderella (Sandy Powell)
The Danish Girl (Paco Delgado)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)

Brooklyn (Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn)
Carol (Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan)
The Danish Girl (Jan Sewell)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin)
The Revenant (Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini)

Bridge of Spies (Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White)
The Martian (Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor)
The Revenant (Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson)

Ant-Man (Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke)
Ex Machina (Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams)
The Martian (Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan)

‘Silent Witness’ Season 19 episode guide

Sorry…. this isn’t a period drama piece but I loved all former 18 seasons of Silent Witness and thought there might be plenty out there glad to see it return.‘Silent Witness’ Season 19 episode guide posted January 1, 2016 by William Martin

Emilia Fox returns to BBC One as Forensic Pathologist Dr. Nikki Alexander for a new season of long-running crime drama Silent Witness.

Nikki is joined by Forensic Scientist Jack Hodgson (David Caves), Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery (Liz Carr) and Forensic Pathologist Dr. Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern).

Episode 1: ‘After the Fall (Part One)’Monday 4 January 2016, 9pm

The apparent suicide of a DJ leads Nikki to question her judgement on a strikingly similar case from her past. But when she brings the potential mistake to the attention of her colleagues, the news threatens to have repercussions for the family of the deceased, the police and the Lyell team.Scott, an old friend from medical school, catches up with Nikki, and his sudden reappearance in her life seems suspicious in light of recent events.The similarities between the two cases result in confirmation that a copycat killer is out there, and further lines are drawn between the murders and Nikki’s past.Nikki soon suspects the killings are personal and her paranoia is further exacerbated when she finds evidence that an intruder has been entering her home.

Episode 2: ‘After the Fall (Part Two)’Tuesday 5 January 2016, 9pm

Nikki becomes the prime suspect after a former colleague is murdered, and whilst fighting to clear her name, she soon suspects someone is attempting to frame her.Nikki is unable to stop herself suspecting her old flame Scott due to his untimely return, and questions are raised over Nikki’s personal and professional life.Has her career affected her chances of having a normal relationship?

Episode 3: ‘Flight (Part One)’Monday 11 January 2016, 9pm

Mysterious Sarah Begovic secretly returns to the UK. Although she is initially suspected of smuggling drugs, when a well-known anti-fundamentalist, Muslim Amir Aziz, is murdered something much more sinister is feared.His death leads the Lyell team and fellow colleague DI Nina Ryman to question who would murder this peaceful but outspoken man.Ryman knew Aziz and believed him to be a good man, but her faith in him is called into question when she discovers his correspondence with Sarah, the suspected drug smuggler. The team work to determine the connection between Sarah and the murdered Aziz. But is the truth more sinister than they originally thought?

Episode 4: ‘Flight (Part Two)’Tuesday 12 January 2016, 9pm

Thomas puts his personal feelings for DI Ryman aside and the team work to track down Sarah.

When it becomes clear that Sarah is not working alone, it raises fears that there is an immediate threat to those around her.The team race to apprehend the suspects before they leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

Episode 5: ‘Life Licence (Part One)’Monday 18 January 2016, 9pm

When an ex-convict is found brutally murdered in his home, suspicion immediately lands on a recently released killer.The Lyell team is introduced to Sasha Blackburn, a forensic psychologist who works closely with those released from prison on Life Licence. Since both the victim and one of the suspects – Paul – are clients of Sasha’s, several other members of the Life Licence community are drawn into the investigation.The Lyell team soon learn that it is not just the minds of these young men that are so fragile, but their freedom is too.

Episode 6: ‘Life Licence (Part Two)’Tuesday 19 January 2016, 9pm

When the team discover that Paul was involved in an infamous murder case 15 years ago, Nikki, Thomas and Jack reopen the file.They pay Paul’s psychopathic accomplice a visit in the hope that he can shed light on the current investigation, re-opening wounds for the victim’s family.When further victims are killed, a distinctive, sadistic modus operandi is revealed. The team turn to Sasha for advice on the killer, but her proximity to the suspects calls her perspective into doubt.As the team move closer to discovering the identity of the killer, they question whether a murderer can ever truly be rehabilitated – and what that rehabilitation really means.

Episode 7: ‘Plain Sight (Part One)’Monday 25 January 2016, 9pm

Episode 8: ‘Plain Sight (Part Two)’Tuesday 26 January 2016, 9pm

Episode 9: ‘River’s Edge (Part One)’Monday 1 February 2016, 9pm

Episode 10: ‘River’s Edge (Part Two)’Tuesday 2 February 2016, 9pm

Source: ‘Silent Witness’ Season 19 episode guide – CultBox