Posts by Lacy Baugher

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Series About the Rothschild Dynasty

Julian Fellows during "Downton Abbey" Season 6 promotion (Photo: Masterpiece/Carnival Films)

While we all doubtless still miss mega-popular period drama Downton Abbey, its creator Julian Fellowes seems to be working hard to fill the Highclere-shaped hole in all our hearts.

There’s The Gilded Age, his NBC new series that will premiere in 2019 and focus on the world of New York business tycoons and the rise of “new money” in late nineteenth century America. Beyond that, it sounds as though Fellowes will focus his attention on telling the story of one of the richest families in history.

According to Deadline, Fellowes is developing another new series called Five Arrows, which will focus on the Rothschild banking dynasty. This ultimate “rags-to-riches” tale follows a family who, in one generation, rose from humble beginnings to amass the largest private fortune the world had ever seen.

'Jamestown' Recap: Season 1, Episode 3

Gwilym Lee and Naomi Battrick in "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 2017)

Previously on Jamestown: Some of the men in Jamestown – namely the generally terrible Redwick and Farlowe – decide that the women of the settlement are getting too uppity for their own good, a problem they decide to handle by demonstrating how easily they could have one of them accused of witchcraft. Of course that person is Verity, who does nothing to help her own cause by openly talking about how worthless her drunk husband is, cursing local men who annoy her and rejoicing in the illness of her enemies. Girl, come on. Elsewhere, Alice is struggling to fend off the unwanted advances of local blacksmith James, who has decided he deserves to marry her because he can pay off her original travel debt. Men are gross, you guys! Luckily, Jocelyn swoops in to save both her friends at the last minute, by virtue of being both clever and quite rich. Girl power forever, y’all. (Need more details? Read our full recap of Episode 2.)

The third episode of Jamestown is, quite frankly, less interesting than the two that have come before it, and the reason for that seems pretty obvious. It’s primarily about the men. What makes this series interesting is its focus on the women involved – how they react to this harsh new world, and how they navigate life in a society where the men possess even more power than they did back home. This installment, unfortunately, focuses largely on the men of Jamestown, several of whom are either such jerks or so impossibly stupid that it’s impossible not to at least vaguely hope that the ladies overthrow them all and establish a matriarchy.

'Endeavour' Season 5 Will Premiere in the U.S. This June

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in "Endeavour' (Photo: Courtesy of (C) Mammoth Screen/MASTERPIECE/ITV Studios)

It’s finally official: Endeavour Season 5 is headed to America! Of course, this is in no way surprising, given that the drama has already been renewed for a sixth season and PBS’ Masterpiece has aired every previous outing of the mystery series to date. But, we now know the most important factor: When we’ll be seeing the latest season for ourselves.

Endeavour Season 5 will premiere on PBS stations around the country beginning Sunday, June 24. Mark your calendars. [And insert appropriate cheers and celebratory noises here.)

‘Jamestown’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 2

Jocelyn, Alice and the parish priest in "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 201)

Previously on Jamestown: After over a decade of rough living, the men of the Jamestown settlement send off to England for the 17th century version of mail order brides. Three of these women – posh Jocelyn, spunky Verity and sweet Alice – arrive in Virginia, looking to start over and leave their dark pasts behind and build new lives in the New World with one another, and with the men to whom they are promised. Jocelyn seeks her own ambitions beside the kind but rather dull Samuel, Verity finds herself pledged to the town drunk, and Alice is set to marry Henry, a rough farmer who ends up raping her before she’s even been at the settlement for 24 hours. Luckily, her terrible husband-to-be has an extremely hot brother named Silas, who likes Alice so much he’s willing to let his own brother burn to death so they can be together. In short, this show is amazing and things are only going to get more insane from here. (If you need more detail, we have a full recap right here.)

Jamestown’s second episode is another overly dramatic ride, but one that’s perhaps a bit more realistic about the prospects of women during the time period in which this show takes place. Yes, Jocelyn, Verity and Alice are all still fascinating figures and certainly worthy and interesting characters in their own rights. However, it’s possible that the series’ premiere made us all a bit too optimistic about the lives these women might have a chance at leading here in the new world, for better and for worse. 

‘Jamestown’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 1

The three leading ladies of "Jamestown" (Photo: Carnival Films Ltd 2017)

Get ready everybody, our new period drama obsession is here. Welcome to Jamestown.

For those of you who don’t know, Jamestown is a period drama from the producers of Downton Abbey. It’s set in the 17th century Virginia colony of the same name, and follows the story of three independent and very different women seeking a new life in the New World. The series, at the moment, is currently only available to stream online in the U.S. and, despite being a Masterpiece program, won’t actually air on television. You can see all eight episodes now on the PBS Passport service, an online member benefit that provides users with access to an online library of public television programming. Jamestown will also be streaming weekly on the Amazon PBS Masterpiece channel, but if you don’t want to wait to get your binge on, your best option is activating Passport right now.

Now, with all that technical business behind us, let’s get down to the fun part. Talking about the show.

'The Child in Time' Recap

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

The Child in Time is one of those dramas that doesn’t turn out to be quite the story you think it is. On the surface, it’s a tale about a lost child. But, it also isn’t, in the most basic sense. The drama isn’t about the search for the missing Kate and it (spoiler alert!) offers little resolution about what happened to her. Her parents (spoiler alert, again!) don’t get her back. There’s no happy ending. She remains forever apart, both present and absent, a Schroedinger’s cat of a girl who is somehow both alive and dead for the purposes of this narrative. If you were looking for a crime thriller, a dramatic mystery or even a linear story that makes sense, you’re surely bound to be disappointed here.

Instead, The Child in Time is a meditation on loss and grief, telling the story of what it takes to move past the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. In short: It’s kind of a lot for an evening on Easter Sunday, though those that stick through it may find the performances contained within worthwhile. (Or, at least, I did.) The acting is top notch and the emotions feel gut-wrenchingly real. However, if you find yourself wishing the story perhaps spent a bit more time on Kate herself or the particulars behind her disappearance rather than the gamut of British political thought about child rearing or a weirdo subplot about a grown man’s descent into what appears to be childlike madness, trust me, you’re not alone.

Get a Look at a New Photo From 'Poldark' Season 4

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in a snazzy new look. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE)

It’s sad, but true: We’re (probably) still some months away from officially seeing Poldark Season 4 on our television screens. Despite the fact that the latest season of the popular period drama finished filming back in January, we still have no idea when the new set of episodes will air, either in the U.K or the U.S. (Though, naturally everyone has their theories.)

That doesn’t mean we’re completely bereft of new content, however. And let’s be real, basically anything at this point is water in the desert to Poldark fans eagerly awaiting the new season.

‘Howards End’ to Premiere on Starz in April

Hayley Atwell looking incredible in a crop of the official Starz poster for "Howards End" (Photo: Starz)

The lavish new BBC adaptation of Howards End officially comes to America this Spring – on Starz. The premium cable network will air the four-part period drama beginning on Sunday, April 8.

Based on E.M. Forster’s classic novel of the same name, Howards End follows two unconventional and independent sisters – Margaret and Helen Schlegel – as they seek love and meaning in an ever-changing world. That’s the vaguest description of this story possible, which also includes love, loss, matchmaking, poor decisions, class issues, financial ruin and more.

PBS Stations to Stream Period Drama 'Jamestown' with Passport

Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh and Naomi Battrick in "Jamestown". (Photo: © Carnival Film & Television Ltd. 2017)

British period drama Jamestown is finally making its way to the U.S.!

From the producers behind Downton Abbey, this series follows the lives of three dynamic women as they decide to leave their dark pasts in England behind and embark on the journey of a lifetime across the ocean to forge a new existence in 17th century America.

In a new twist, however, the series will not air on Masterpiece on television. Instead, it will be available to watch only through online streaming servicesJamestown will debut exclusively via two digital platforms: The membership service Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel.

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