Wolf Hall is coming to an end next week so what will all us period drama fans do then? Well, thankfully, there’s the beautiful Channel 4 drama series Indian Summers that’s just started (blog post coming soon!) and two brand spanking new shows on the horizon.
Now, I was a massive fan of the original British version of Being Human (don’t get me started on the US version) and loved, loved, loved both Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey. This rather quirky series helped both actors to become household names and now they’re back in what looks like two brilliant 18th Century based stories, Poldark and Banished.
Poldark is a remake of the original 1975 series about a British officer who, upon returning from fighting in the American Revolution, finds his old life in turmoil. His friends and family believed him to be dead and everyone, including the woman he had hoped to marry, has moved on.
Alongside Aidan Turner, who shows off his beautiful body rather a lot, even in the trailer (!!!), is Eleanor Tomlinson who played Georgiana Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberely and Jack Farthing who played the hilarious Freddie Threepwood in Blandings.
Poldark will start on the 8th of March on BBC1.
Banished is also set in the late 1700s but this time in Australia. It tells the story of English convict Elizabeth Quinn who is sent down under for her crimes and on her voyage to the penal colony she falls for a fellow prisoner. Russell Tovey plays another convict on board the same ship who forms a friendship with the two.
This is a period drama lovers dream as it stars a whole host of recognisable actors. Ripper Street’s MyAnna Buring plays the main role of Elizabeth and appears alongside her fellow Ripper actor David Dawson, Ewen Bremner who played King James VI in Helen Mirren’s version of Elizabeth I, Orla Brady who played Taryn in Sinbad and Countess Vera Rossakoff in the final Poirot series, Joanna Vanderham from The Paradise and Dancing on the Edge and Cal MacAninch who plays Mr Thackeray in Mr Selfridge. Phew, that’s quite a list!
Banished will start on the 5th of March on BBC2.
I, for one, am very excited about both series and cannot wait until they start but which one will you be watching?