Tag Archives: Period Drama

The Crimson Petal and the White – spoiler alert for US

17 Apr

Image courtesy of Romaryka under Flickr Creative Commons license

Have any other UK period fans been watching the BBC’s adaptation of The Crimson Petal and the White? What are your thoughts?

Adapted from Michael Faber’s book (which I haven’t read, but intend to), two of the four episodes have been broadcast and I’m…well, ambivalent to say the least.

True, it’s not the most serene and ‘pretty’ of period dramas – prositution in Victorian London is shown in all it’s pustulent glory – and it’s hardly an Austenesque tale of courtship. It’s not these elements that I’m having trouble with.

Nor can I critique the excellent acting (Romola Garai plays a wonderfully dead-eyed Sugar, Chris O’ Dowd breaks his I.T. Crowd shackles and Gillian Anderson is as magnificent as ever) or high production values. The problem is that I just don’t care what happens.

Let me be clear. The character are rounded in that there are no heroes or villains – which I believe to be a good thing. However, if I’m meant to invest four hours of my time in a drama, I should feel encouraged to keep watching. And I don’t. As I mentioned earlier, I would like to read the book – firstly because I believe the book is always better than the adaptation – but also because I want to know if it the dramatisation or the story that is lacklustre.

You can learn more about the programme here.

Have you watched or read it? What are your thoughts? Should I persevere?


John Phwoar-ton is back!

10 Feb

Hot off the press: Richard Armitage will be back on our screens in a new series of Strike Back on Sky. With this and his role in the upcoming Hobbit movie, his legion of fans (including us!) will have a lot to look forward to….

Ok, this was basically an excuse to post the dreamy pic above….

(Spooks fans should look at my other blog here for more Armitage-y goodness).

Tweet your favourite period star!

6 Feb

For the modern period drama fan, there are plenty of online resources to feed the addiction: blogs (such as this), Facebook fan groups, downloadable/streamable dramas from foreign lands and Twitter.

Not only are their blogs, fellow fanatics and official publicity feeds to follow though: you can also read all about what your favourite period drama stars are up to when not decked out in frills and ruffles.

Check out our list (a work in progress) here and add any of your own in the comments below!

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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.