Doctor Downton

30 Jan

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Everyone’s favourite Earl, Hugh Bonneville, will be starring in the new series of Doctor Who, according to the BBC. He will be playing a Pirate Captain in an unknown episode of the series which is due to air in the UK in the spring.

Fans of the actor should follow him on Twitter: @hughbon


The King’s Speech – a reunion

29 Jan

If you haven’t seen this yet, drop everything and go now! Yes, it is a marvellous piece of filmmaking, has stellar acting (Firth for the Oscar!) and has beautiful, luscious period costumes and detail.

But what I found most interesting was this: it stars Mr Darcy, Lizzy Bennet and even Mr Collins from the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

Colin Firth (Mr Darcy) is in the titular role of King George VI, Jennifer Ehle (Lizzy) plays Lionel Logue’s wife Myrtle and David Bamber (the superbly oleaginous Mr Collins) has a small role as a theatre director.

A lovely touch, especially when (tiny spoiler ahead) Myrtle meets the King.

Basically this is just an excuse to post this picture taken at a lunch in New York to promote the film.

I’m sure all you period drama fans will rejoice in that photo as much as I have.

Please check back soon for more updates, follow me on Twitter @perioddramasuk and say hello in the comment box!

Chatsworth House

18 Dec

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been featured in Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as Mr Darcy’s home Pemberley and in the 2008 film, also starring Keira Knightley, The Duchess.

I visited it last year on a fine summer’s day and was thrilled to find it was even more majestic in person.

The famous Cascade Fountain can be spotted in the background of one of the scenes between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth.

The grounds are stunning, but the interiors are also worth a visit – although I don’t have any photos of them so you’ll have to take my word for it!

You can find out more about Chatsworth House here and here.

Welcome to Bonnets and Bustles

18 Dec

Welcome to my new blog, Bonnets and Bustles.

If you’re potty for Pride and Prejudice, crazy for Cranford, dotty about Downton Abbey, nutty about North and South and plain loopy about Lark Rise to Candleford, this is the place for you.

As well as reviews of the latest costume dramas to hit our screens, I will also take a peek behind the curtain and look at how our favourites are made.

I hope you like what you see – please say hello in the comments box.