Hello everyone! It’s been a terribly long time since I last posted on here – my new year’s resolution however is to pick my blog back up again – there are so many books and adaptations I have to write about!
So to kick off… What have we to look forward to in the world of period dramas for 2015? The answer in short is… lots.
Hands up who can’t wait to see Damien Lewis star as Henry VIII in the adaptation of Wolf Hall? The six-part series will air on BBC2 later in January focusing on Henry’s advisor Thomas Cromwell (played by Mark Rylance) and his rise to prominence in the Tudor court. I’ve read the first novel in the series by Hilary Mantel and can’t wait to see how it translates to screen. You can watch the (very exciting) new trailer here.
Also on the BBC, we’ve got a series of four 20th-century classic adaptations to look forward to – including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie, LP Hartley’s The Go-Between (which I confess I’ve never read) and a version of JB Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls. The one I’m most looking forward to is Lady Chatterley – starring Holliday Grainger (of Great Expectations and Borgias fame), Richard Madden (from Game of Thrones) and James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley.) It’s a 90 minute film so I’m interested to see how it will all be condensed down…
We’ve also got the delights of a remake of Poldark to look forward to. I’m personally a little young to remember this the first time around but from what I’ve heard it was the must-see bodice-ripping TV viewing of the 70’s. Aiden Turner (the gorgeous Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics), will be starring as Ross Poldark, a British officer who returns from the American War of Independence in the 18th century to discover his childhood enemy has snatched away his fiancee. Cue epic drama and romance.
And finally Mr Selfridge is back and work is to be started on a new series of Downton. Could 2015 be the year for period drama TV viewing? (I really hope so…)
So what are you looking forward to in 2015? Let me know…