Drama

Jenna Coleman Not Leaving 'Victoria' Any Time Soon

Jenna Coleman on the throne she apparently plans to keep for a while. (Photo: Photo: Courtesy of ITV Plc)

The big period drama news of the moment is that Claire Foy is planning to hang up her crown. Yes, the actress who won all sorts of critical and fan acclaim playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix original series The Crown will depart the series following its second season. Apparently the show’s going to jump forward in time during Season 3, and will require the use of older actors to play Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (Sniff.)

Understandably, this news has left some fans full of worry that the other big period drama telling the story of a queen’s reign might follow suit in the near future. But fans of Victoria can rest easy – star Jenna Coleman, who plays the titular queen has no plans to go anywhere just yet. (And it sounds like the show itself really doesn’t want her to.) 

Period Drama 'Home Fires' Will Live on in Novel Form

Some of the ladies of "Home Fires"  (Photo: Courtesy of © ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

The second season of period drama Home Fires is currently airing on PBS’ Masterpiece. Unfortunately, the series’ second season is also its last, as it was canceled back in 2016 by UK network ITV just after Season 2 aired. As a result of this surprise move, the drama ends on something of a cliffhanger, apparently, and fans in the UK (and likely soon to be the US) were devastated.

But now the story of Home Fires will finally be continued - in a series of novels that will pick up where the show left off. 

Get Your First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Child in Time’

Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Child in Time". (Photo:  Courtesy of Pinewood Television, SunnyMarch TV and MASTERPIECE for BBC One and MASTERPIECE)

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is busy working on his next big project – and sadly, it’s not another season of the adventures of the great detective just yet. Instead he’s producing and starring in an small-screen adaptation of award-winning author Ian McEwan’s novel The Child in Time. Directed by Julian Farino, the drama is the first production of the actor’s new SunyMarch TV production company. 

'Wolf Hall' Episode 2: 'Entirely Beloved' Recap

Last time on Wolf Hall Our board was set up for the Great Game to play out. We met our major players: Cromwell, whose life up until this point was played out in quick flashbacks. Also taking their places: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Mary Boleyn, Cardinal Woolsey, Norfolk and all the rest.

This week, the power players begin to make their moves.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 6, Episode 2

Shelagh Turner (Laura Main) to the rescue (Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2016)

The new season of Call the Midwife continues this week, as the regime of Sister Ursula goes on; the confiscating of candy from an elderly nun being just one example of her new, lean approach. The troops, however, are getting a bit mutinous. We’ve always known that the Nonnatus family is completely dedicated to their patients and their community. But when their new leader decrees that they concentrate on the nursing aspect and basically abandon their other support functions, the ladies are just not having it. Also this week we meet two couples who face uncertain times and call on the midwives to help them navigate the challenges.

Joanne Froggatt Serial Killer Drama ‘Dark Angel’ to Premiere on Masterpiece in May

Joanne Froggatt as Mary Cotton in "Dark Angel" (Photo: : Courtesy of Justin Slee/World Productions and MASTERPIECE)

The only truly great thing to come from the end of Downton Abbey is watching the popular period drama’s cast members move on to new projects. Michelle Dockery is busy playing a con artist on TNT’s Good Behavior. Dan Stevens is a powerful mutant on FX’s X-men drama Legion. Lily James played Cinderella, Natasha Rostova in War and Peace and a zombie-fighting version of Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet.

Now it’s Joanne Froggatt’s turn. Froggatt, who played long-suffering ladies’ maid Anna Bates on Downton, has a new drama coming to Masterpiece this spring. And her role couldn’t be more different than sweet Anna Bates. She’s starring in Dark Angel, a drama that tells the story of infamous Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton. The series will premiere as part of the spring Masterpiece lineup, on Sunday, May 21st.

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