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Canadian Period Dramas

Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada! Here’s a list of all the period dramas / historical dramas that are set in Canada or told from a Canadian perspective (titles listed alphabetically). 15 février (February) 1839 (2001) CBC’s Alias Grace (2017) CBC’s Anne (2017) Anne of Green Gables (1985) Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel / Anne of Avonlea (1987) Anne of …

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Period Drama Location: Ham House

Another location in greater London for period drama lovers to visit is Ham House in Richmond, London, England. In Period Dramas Ham House was used as the film location for: Anna Karenina (2012) Ballet Shoes (2007) Cambridge Spies (2003) To Kill a King (2003) A Little Chaos (2014) The Scandalous Lady W (2015) BBC’s Sense …

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Period Dramas: Performing Arts

Did you know that there are a number of ballet, opera, and musicals in period films? Ballet Ballet Shoes (2007) – 1920’s Margot (2009) – 1960’s The Red Shoes (1948) – 1940’s Opera La Boheme (2008) – Victorian Io, Don Giovanni (2010) – Rococo Der Freischütz (2010) – Regency Musicals Annie (1999) – 1930’s Chicago (2002) – 1920’s Hallmark’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) …

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Period Drama Location: Syon Park

Period drama and royal fans should add Syon Park to their list of places to visit in the Greater London Area. Syon Park encompasses Syon House, the grand London residence of the Duke of Northumberland; the early 19th Century Great Conservatory; and the Gardens (and 100-acre Parkland). Syon, a variation of Zion (which refers to the Holy City of David …

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Game of Thrones Costumes

Winter is back! Game of Thrones S6 aired on Sunday in North America and Monday in the UK, featuring new costumes by April Ferry. Ms Ferry won an Emmy Award for her Ancient Roman costumes for HBO’s Rome. Today’s post will be looking at some of the costumes by Michele Clapton, who was the GOT costume designer for S1-5. …

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Waltzing in ‘War and Peace’

Thanks to my friend Svenja at Castleholic.com, I have been rewatching the waltz scene between Natasha Rostova and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in four film adaptations of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (I’m not including the 1972 BBC adaptation). 1956 – Movie This was the very first film adaptation of War and Peace that I watched and I …

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Dealing with Downton Withdrawal

Sunday evenings haven’t been the same without Downton Abbey in the UK, and, as of yesterday, Canada and the US. So, what else is there that’s similar to Downton Abbey? Gran Hotel (TV series 2011-2013) – This is Spain’s Downton and I prefer GH to DA. Sorry. There’s romance, crime, beautiful costumes and music, gorgeous actors, and comedy! (Yes, not …

London

London’s Whiteleys

Thanks to ITV’s Mr Selfridge, I was made aware of London’s first department store in Bayswater: Whiteleys. In S4, we see Jimmy Dillon persuade Harry and Gordon to buy Whiteleys, which they agree to. After the agreement was signed, we see the three walk proudly up the sweeping staircase inside Whiteleys, admiring their new store. Whiteleys began as …

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Dickensian: Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

Those of us who’ve been following BBC’s 20-part Dickensian since Boxing Day last year were in tears on Sunday, 21 February. The series finale was brilliant and left viewers craving for more. Should Dickensian be renewed – a formal decision will be made at some point this month – we know we’ll be seeing Jacob Marley’s ghost, …

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221b Baker Street: The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Who’s ready for the New Year’s special of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, tonight? I for one look forward to seeing our beloved characters in the Victorian era. While we wait, I would like to share some photos from my visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum from 2009. As you may …

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Reviews on Period Dramas in 2015

We’ve finally come to the end of 2015 (hurrah!) and this year, I will include reviews on period dramas from other years that I watched this year (except for those from the last 2 years which you’ll be able to find in Reviews on Period Dramas in 2013 and Reviews on Period Dramas in 2014). Moreover, …

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Christmas Period Dramas

Happy (belated) Christmas! If you don’t have enough Christmas films to watch over the long weekend, take a look at the list below: Call the Midwife Christmas Special: S1 (2012) – 1950s S2 (2013) – 1950s S3 (2014) – 1950s S4 (2015) – 1960s The Christmas Candle (2013 – movie) – Victorian A Christmas Carol (1984 …

Fashion

A Princess For Christmas Dress

Have you ever seen a photo or watched a film of someone wearing the same article of clothing/shoes you own? I noticed Katie McGrath, whose character Jules Daly in Hallmark’s A Princess For Christmas marries a prince, wore the same knit dress I own! The funny thing is that it took me a while before I realised …