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Who Would You Be in the World of ‘Wolf Hall’? Take Our Tudor Personality Quiz

Are you obsessed with Tudor drama Wolf Hall?

Spoiler alert: I am. Mark Rylance is a wonder and somehow even though the story of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell isn’t exactly what you’d call new the way the drama is structured makes it feel fresh.  And, let’s be honest, what really draws people to this story – think about how many versions of the six wives of Henry VII you’ve heard or seen before – is that the characters in it are just really compelling. The fact that they were all actual people is just the icing on the cake.

And, whether you’ve always harbored a secret desire to be Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell or King Henry himself – well, we’re here for you. Check out our brand new personality quiz based on the real life cast of Wolf Hall, and see where you belong at Tudor Court. 

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 6

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Selfridges hires a new Art Director, who turns out to be that weird French guy from the season’s first episode and he is pretty annoying. Gordon is the store’s new Deputy Manager and is really excited about it; Grove is jealous. Victor tries to reopen his club but thanks to police blackmail has to agree to make part of it a gambling establishment to raise the money to stay open. Kitty and George Towler to team up and convince the garbage friend of the guy who attacked her to admit that his BFF is a would-be rapist and help send him to jail. Harry sold some of his shares in Selfridges to fund his homes for veterans scheme and now isn’t a majority owner of the store anymore. Oh and Doris Grove was run over by a truck and killed while out having a secret meeting with her babydaddy arranged by Miss Mardle. IDEK with this show anymore, y’all.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Series 4 : Episode 6 Recap

Previously on Call the Midwife: Last week's recap is right this way. 

Before we get into this week’s storylines, can we just say, “Welcome Home, Sister Evangelina!” We’ve missed your plain-spoken opinions and your compassionate dedication to your patients. It’s apparent scuffles will persist as the Sister reclaims her previous role from Nurse Crane, but in time, I believe they’ll return to that unspoken truce they’d achieved when Evangelina left for her hysterectomy. Now we just need Chummy and all will be right with the world (or at least, Poplar).

Speaking of Chummy, her scouts are holding a fundraiser! Patsy is organizing a square dance to raise money to get the cubs to the annual jamboree. But with events like this come serious wardrobe dilemmas – checked shirt or ironic poodle skirt?

And then there’s the issue of who to ask to the dance.

Category:Drama

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Julian Fellowes to Adapt Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’ for ITV

Yes, Downton Abbey is ending after next season, but creator Julian Fellowes already has his next iron in the fire.  The man behind the megahit costume drama is set to adapt another period piece, based on Anthony Trollope’s novel Doctor Thorne.

The novel tells the story of Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift – except, as it always seems to go in these instances, money. Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters – Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank – whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.

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Listen: ‘Sherlock’ Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey Read WWII Love Letters

For those who are busy missing Sherlock – which, it seems, is most likely everyone – here’s a little something to help you get through the long days until, well, whenever the special gets here.

Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey recently recorded My Dear Bessie, an audio adaptation of a series of World War II love letters written by a soldier in Cairo named Chris Barker and Morse code interpreter Bessie Moore. The two – who vaguely knew each other – stumbled into a correspondence that rapidly turned into a love affair. 

Category:Drama

Telly Binge – British Political Series You Can Stream Online

As you may or may not be aware, the UK General Election is nigh. In just under three weeks’ time (May 7th to be exact) the British public will go to the polls to vote for the local MPs who will represent them in Parliament. The party who gains the most seats in the election wins the right to send its leader to 10 Downing Street to be the Prime Minister. 

There he or she will remain for five years unless, according to the Parliament.UK website, “a motion of no confidence is passed in Her Majesty's Government by a simple majority and 14 days elapses without the House passing a confidence motion in any new Government formed or a motion for a general election is agreed by two thirds of the total number of seats in the Commons including vacant seats (currently 434 out of 650).”

Category:Drama

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 5

Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry and Nancy Webb take their relationship from zero to sixty in the space of roughly ten seconds, which is made even more awkward by the fact that Ms. Webb is secretly a grifter. Lord Loxley, who for some reason is still on this show, has formed a new committee to “help former servicemen readjust” but mostly seems to be all about hating on women who work generally, and Harry Selfridge for supporting them. Doris confesses to Miss Mardle that Mr. Grove is not the father of her son, as she had an affair during the war. Victor and Violette get arrested in a somewhat compromising position when the police raid his club. Oh, and Selfridges needs a new store deputy and a bunch of folks apply, including Grove and Miss Mardle, but Harry ultimately just gives the job to Gordon because nepotism is awesome.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Category:Drama

'Call the Midwife' Series 4 : Episode 5 Recap

Previously on Call the Midwife: Last week's recap is right this way. 

This has been quite the series for infestations and contagious disease outbreaks. First, London experienced a rat invasion. Next came an epidemic of dysentery.  Oh and don’t forget the syphilis-ridden brothel. Now our medical professionals must contend with a very nasty disease indeed, diphtheria. 

More on the pestilence later because I know we all want to celebrate the long-awaited return of Nurse Cynthia Miller, now known as Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah). She’s left the mother house in Chichester with some encouraging words from Sister Evangelina and a bit of anxiety about coming back to her former home in an entirely new capacity. 

Category:Drama

Get Your First Look at ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ Season 3

Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries may want to sit down and prepare themselves – there’s finally some news about the show’s third season!

Based on the best-selling novels by Kerry Greenwood, the drama follows the adventures of a glamorous female detective in 1920s Australia who battles injustice with a sharp wit and a pearl-handled pistol. Essie Davis plays the fabulous Phryne Fisher, opposite Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Ashleigh Cummings as Miss Fisher’s loyal companion and assistant Dot and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins.

Miss Fisher has been rather popular in America since the first two seasons started airing on public television stations around the country, as everyone swoons over Phryne’s amazing outfits and ongoing flirtation with Jack. And fans everywhere have been clamoring for more ever since the news broke that the drama had in fact been renewed for a third season. (I’m not kidding. That’s one of the most popular posts on this blog!)

And, now, at long last, there’s an actual trailer for Season 3. Sort of. It’s something, anyway. 

Category:Culture

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare: Things that Might Surprise The Bard

When William Shakespeare was born 451 years ago, I’m quite certain there was no way of knowing just how famous this child would become. I mean, we all believe our children are special and capable of great things, but just imagine one of your offspring being celebrated as the greatest writer in the English language four centuries after his or her death.

Shakespeare was versatile as both a poet and a playwright. His works, still constantly in production to this day, are the most frequently staged plays in the history of the theater.

Not only that, but think about how difficult it is to keep a literary career going during one’s lifetime let alone to continue to sell books long after the author has passed away. In a Forbes article from 2005, it was estimated that Shakespeare sells 10 million copies of his plays worldwide making a conservative $15 million annually. Alas, no family members are collecting on those royalties these days.

Just in case these monetary facts about his longevity fail to astound The Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, perhaps the following examples about his continuing influence upon literature would make Will sit up and take notice.

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