Gentleman Jack Episode 7 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Episode 7 – titled “Why’ve you brought that?” – has a different flavor than the first six episodes. Whereas those episodes focused on the budding romance between Anne and Ann, this episode focuses on what happens after one of Anne’s passionate romances cools. It’s about Anne’s tenacity, her “dust-yourself-off-and-carry-on” mentality. The series has […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 6 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* This episode, titled “Do Ladies Do That?” is a paradigm shift for our heroines and – possibly – the series itself. But first – a question: What the heck happened with Miss Lister’s groom – the one shot out of a tree? Is that based on some true event in the biographical Anne […]

Downton Abbey Releases Trailer

Have y’all seen the first full-length trailer for Downton Abbey the movie? Like most period drama fans, I’m pretty excited about it. With Downton, we know we’re getting something nostalgic, a bit saccharine, but also something so sumptuous and immersive that it transports you back to the period like few other productions can. It’s a […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 5 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* 9/10. Tremendous episode. I’m truly impressed with the thematic elements and how they brought all this human drama together to craft a powerful, affecting episode. Gentleman Jack Episode 5 not only has a long name (“Let’s Have Another Look at Your Past Perfect”), it also packs a punch – metaphorical AND literal. As in Episode […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 4 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Gentleman Jack Episode 4, “Most Women are Dull and Stupid,” is a decidedly darker affair than the preceding three episodes. Ann and Anne’s budding relationship faces its greatest test yet. We begin, however, in York, where Anne has taken Miss Walker to see a doctor she trusts, Dr. Belcombe (Michael Xavier), who also […]

Napoleonic Wars Costume Drama “Belgravia” Next Up for Julian Fellowes

The Gilded Age and Downton Abbey the movie are not the only projects Julian Fellowes is working on. He’s announced several new projects over the last year, the newest of which is another series for ITV (and PBS I’d assume): Belgravia. As Deadline reports: The series is set in the 19th Century, around seventy years […]

News: New ITV/PBS Series “Beecham House” Features an Ensemble Cast & Indian Setting

This one looks like it could be interesting! PBS (in the US) and ITV (in the UK) have both announced the impending release of Beecham House, a new period drama from the mind of Gurinder Chadha, who wrote the classic coming-of-age / sports film Bend it Like Beckham. As PBS describes the new series: The […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 3 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* Episode 3 could have been titled “Hot & Heavy.” Anne and Ann really take their relationship to the next level in every sense during this episode, which is chock full of “rising action.” They are spending more and more time together. Petting has turned into kissing, and kissing into … well … suffice […]

Review: Gentleman Jack Episode 2 (2019)

*Spoilers Ahead* So far, Gentleman Jack has focused on two narrative threads: Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) the romantic, and Anne Lister the businesswoman. As to the first thread, we spend a great deal of time observing the budding friendship between Miss Lister and the naive, cloistered Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle). Ann is obviously smitten with […]

News: “The Gilded Age” from Julian Fellowes Just Got Saucier

Deadline is reporting that The Gilded Age has made the leap from network TV at NBC to premium cable, thanks to a 10-episode order from HBO. The series, set in the 1880s, will be a “sweeping epic” that features the millionaire titans and tycoons of New York City’s upper crust. Sound familiar? To be sure, […]