Sunday, May 15, 2016

Newest Period Dramas

Hello friends, it's been a while since I've done one of these posts, but there has been such an influx of new, great, period dramas on TV lately, that I thought it was time to come in and share some with you.

If you're new to my blog, or if you've yet to see my humungous list of Period Dramas to watch, you can find them on the sidebar.

I have included links to Period Movies, Period TV Series, Period Documentaries and even some Books.  Be sure to start there if you're looking for something to watch on this Sunday.

Now, for the newest ones, and can I just say quickly, how happy I am to see some US period series popping up on screen?  I've always said that there are so many UK ones but the US was lacking sorely in this area, and it's been really nice to see a couple of great period series and movies showing up.

Right, well enough talking let's get right to it.



Hetty Feather

Hetty Feather is a book by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson. It is about a young girl who is abandoned by her mother at the Foundling Hospital as a baby and follows her story as she lives in a foster home before returning to the Foundling Hospital as a curious 5-year-old.

I found this one purely by accident, while I was scrolling through one of the sites I use to watch shows online.  This is the frustrating part for me, that I feel that sometimes I miss out on good shows because I don't even realize that they are out, luckily for me, I'm always on the lookout so I can catch some.

Season 2 of this series has just started, but if you, like me, just happened upon it now, you can catch up on the first Season right here.   I've noticed though that the first episode doesn't seem to be anywhere online to watch, but it's a two part and the second is online.  It also gives you a quick rundown of the first episode so you won't feel like you're missing it all.

Second part of Episode 1
Season 1 Episodes
Season 2



Underground

Underground centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive.

One of the US series that I am so happy to see on screen.  This show is so good, I'm honestly enjoying it, there are some scenes that are difficult to watch but I think it's imperative that we see certain things to full understand the seriousness and what really happened.  The show just got picked up for Season 2, so that's a good thing.

Underground Season 1



Indian Summers

Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English with their Indian subjects, and the intricate game of power, politics, and passion that ensues.

Another one that I happened upon yesterday, and actually found it through an Australian TV Channel.  Looks really good and I can't wait to start watching.

Indian Summers Season 1 and 2



The Last Kingdom

Set in the late ninth century AD, when what is known as England today was several separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and, in many instances, ruled by Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone.

The protagonist Uhtred, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is captured by viking Danes and reared as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are constantly tested.

The first series' storyline roughly covers the plot of the original two novels, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman although condensed for the purposes of television.

I have known about this one for a while, but have yet to watch it.  It's right up my alley though, I love period pieces that are centered around the Saxons, Vikings....Kings and Queens and all that fun stuff.  Another I can't wait to watch.  By the way, there will be a Season 2 later this year.

The Last Kingdom Season 1



Isabel

Immerse yourself in the royal court of 15th-century Spain, ruled by greed, lust, lies, and, above all, an insatiable hunger for power. When Seville is left without a direct heir to the throne, Princess Isabel (Michelle Jenner) and Prince Alfonso are cut off from their mother and forced to live in the royal court amongst strangers. With the end of her childhood, Isabel proves to be a formidable young woman as she takes charge in choosing her own husband and fends off conspiracies against her to become Queen of Castile.

Oh my goodness, you have no idea what a beautiful series this is.  Again, found completely by accident and it might be due to the fact that it is a Spanish series, with English subtitles, but oh my......brilliant period series, beautiful scenery and just a good historical show.

Isabel Season 1



The Durrells

Set in 1935 when the Englishwoman Louisa Durrell, whose life had fallen apart, decided to move from Bournemouth to the Greek island of Corfu.

I haven't watched this one yet, but it looks beautiful and I'm always up for anything taking place in one of the Greek Islands.

The Durrells Season 1



Rebellion

Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Another I have not yet watched but looks really good too.

Rebellion Season 1




Roots

An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.

I can't even tell you how excited I am for this one.  It will premiere on Memorial Day and it is a new adaptation of the popular series from 1977. 

It will be a 4 night event, so a four part series and will feature big names like Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award® winning and Emmy Award® nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award® winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award® winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Chad L. Coleman ("Mingo"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Derek Luke ("Silla Ba Dibba"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller"); Erica Tazel ("Matilda") and introduces RegĂ©-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").

I watched the first adaptation, as a little girl, and I absolutely loved it, I still remember the whole family gathering round the television to watch.  I'm counting down the days until this airs, truly.

I hope I've given you a few more to enjoy, I still have a lot of upcoming movies and series that I'm keeping an eye on and will of course share with you all.

Remember that most of these you can watch online, I've given you some sites where you can do that, but here are a few more just in case you need them :)

Rlseries.com
http://watchseries-online.li
http://putlocker.is/

Well friends, I am going to get my laundry started, and then I'm planning on sitting down and having a very easy Sunday, relaxing and watching some of these shows. 

Hope you all have a wonderful end of weekend.

3 comments:

Carrie B. said...

Thanks for the great program ideas! You always find the best ones. ;)

Sherry Jolly said...

Thank you for this! You know I share your love of period dramas!!! I cannot WAIT for Roots! I watched it in middle school for a history class. Yay! I'm excited to have new things to watch!

:) Sherry

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing the period dramas! Several look interesting to me. I had not heard of the remake of Roots, but I also remember the original series when I was a child. Alex Haley was a professor at the university I attended and I ran into him at the copy machine in the library one night. I knew exactly who he was but was so surprised to see him that all I could do was stand and think "That's Alex Haley!!"

I'm looking forward to watching Roots and checking out other series that you recommended!