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Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More

In today’s romance and period drama news roundup, I’ve gathered up some of the best news announced (mostly) throughout the week! And all about Romance and Period Drama in Movies and Television. From a new Rebecca adaptation to casting announcements, new productions (including a perfectly cast new romantic K-Drama), the upcoming Masterpiece schedule, and even new trailers to watch.


This week there were a couple of interesting casting announcements.

  • Deadline announced that Mena Suvari and Frances Fisher have joined the cast of the indie drama based on a true love story, Grace and Grit.
  • Backstage.com revealed that these productions are casting now (so expect exciting announcements soon!): Four Weddings and a Funeral TV adaptation, the new Emma, and The Angel Makers – a WWI drama starring Christina Hendricks.
  • Deadline reports that Chris Pratt is in early talks to star in the remake of the romantic suspense film, The Saint.


The following dates have recently been announced. From new CW shows to exclusive premieres on Acorn TV, the upcoming PBS Masterpiece schedule, and more. So, mark your calendars!

Acorn TV:
Vidago Palace; Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More
Vidago Palace. Photo Courtesy of Acorn TV
  • 12/3/18: The exclusive U.S. premiere of Vidago Palace, a romantic period drama series from Portugal.
  • 12/24/18: Exclusive world premiere of Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam. If you haven’t been watching this fun romantic cozy mysteries from Britain, you should be!
  • 12/24/18: The U.S. Premiere of season 12 of the popular period drama series, Murdoch Mysteries.
  • 12/31/18: Acorn TV adds The Real Doctor Zhivago to the streaming site. It’s a documentary about the author behind the famous love story.
BBC/BBC America: 
Mrs. Wilson; Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More
Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson Credit: Courtesy of BBC/MASTERPIECE
  • 11/27/18: The premiere of Mrs. Wilson (stars Ruth Wilson) on BBC1. Find out more details about the production on RadioTimes.
  • 1/1/19: Doctor Who has a special New Year’s Day episode on BBC and BBC America.
  • 1/15/19: Roswell, New Mexico (Paranormal Romance Series) premieres on the CW. While it doesn’t look nearly good as the original series, I still plan to check it out!
  • 1/21/19: Black Lightning moves to Monday following Arrow.
  • April: Legends of Tomorrow returns to Mondays in April.
  • Spring (No date yet): The final season of Jane the Virgin will air on Wednesdays.
  • Spring (No dates yet): iZombie and The 100 return.
Victoria season 3; Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More
Shown from left to right: Tom Hughes as Prince Albert and Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Credit: Courtesy of ITV Plc for MASTERPIECE
  • Sundays, January 13 – March 3: Victoria, season 3 airs on Masterpiece.
  • Sundays, January 13 and 20: Victoria and Albert: The Wedding – a documentary about their love story hosted by Lucy Worsley.
  • Sundays, February 10 and 17: Margaret: The Rebel Princess
  • Sundays, beginning March 31: Season 8 Premiere of Call the Midwife
  • Sunday, March 31; Sunday, April 7: Mrs. Wilson plays on Masterpiece. Ruth Wilson is playing her own grandmother in this period production!


The classic film streaming site is saved…sort of! Check out this article by Deadline with the breaking news about the new streaming site, The Criterion Channel. No doubt, there needs to be more availability of classic films on streaming because the history and preservation of classic films are important.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC just announced that shockingly the show’s been renewed for season 7 ahead of the season 6 premiere. Though Clark Gregg (Coulson) is not listed as being on the cast. Uh-oh.

The Garden of Evening Mists (Romantic Period Drama)

According to Variety, CJ Entertainment has picked up this romantic Malaysian drama, so hopefully, we’ll see this film in theaters or on Digital soon! The movie (based on a novel) takes place in post World War II and follows the story of a woman who falls in love with a Japanese man.

India and Netflix (Period Drama and Romance)

If you love movies and shows from India, great news, as Netflix just announced many new productions – including a period drama and a romantic drama. Read more about them HERE.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Period Drama and Romance)

Among the new announcements for productions from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, is a new sci-fi romance, Only the Lonely, as well as a new possible period drama called The Seven Sisters of Scott County. You can read more about these projects on The Hollywood Reporter.

Rebecca (Romantic Period Drama)
Lily James and Armie Hammer announced in new Rebecca adaptation; Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More
Photo: Lily James in “Darkest Hour.” Armie Hammer in “Final Portrait.” Photo Credits: Focus Features and Sony Pictures Classics

By now, most period drama fans have heard of the new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca. Netflix announced the project with a press release this week. Lily James has been cast as Mrs. De Winter while Armie Hammer (yes, an American in his early 30s is playing a 42-year-old British man) has been cast as Maxim. You can read more about the project HERE.

Now, while I’m always up for a new adaptation, I do have some reservations. Most notably, the casting decision for Maxim. If you’ve read the book, you know he’s a moody, Byronic and handsome romantic figure in his ’40s. One imagines British or Irish actors such as Ioan Gruffudd, Richard Armitage, Toby Stephens, James McAvoy, Aidan Turner, Michael Fassbender, or even Christian Bale.

However, I think there’s reason to hope. Armie Hammer IS a fantastic actor and it doesn’t take long to realize he’s also well-read by scrolling down his Twitter feed. So, while he doesn’t quite fit the character description, maybe he can win all of us naysayers over!

Still, more casting announcements should come soon. Let me know in the comments who you think should play Mrs. Danvers. Right now, I’m imagining someone like Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey).

Margrete (Historical Drama)

If you love historical films, then you’ll want to read more about the new Danish period piece that’s been announced from award-winning filmmaker, Charlotte Sieling. Margrete tells the story of a 14th-century female Scandinavian ruler and it sounds fascinating. Screendaily has the exclusive.

Memories of the Alhambra (Romantic K-Drama)

Also heading to Netflix is the romantic suspense series from Korea, Memories of the Alhambra. Starring K-Drama favorites, Hyun Bin (Secret Garden) and Park Shin-hye (Pinocchio), this one’s sure to be an instant favorite. The series premieres on December 1st, 2018.

The One (Sci-Fi Romance?)

Deadline announced the new Netflix series, The One. It’s all about how in the near future, you can find the perfect romantic partner through a DNA test. Interesting…and scary!

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Historical Fantasy)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter; new CW adaptation announced; Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More

Out of all the recent announcements, this one may have me the most excited. Variety and Deadline both announced that the CW is developing an adaptation of the popular book series The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.

The official book synopsis reads:

“Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.”

I hope that this means the CW is looking to develop more original content than mostly remakes and superheroes.


Grace and Darius dance
Grace and Darius in Salvation. Photo: CBS

We’re HUGE fans of the romantic sci-fi series, Salvation. But it’s in trouble. If you’re a fan like us (or you’re interested in checking it out), then head on over to Santiago Cabrera’s Instagram, where he thanks fans for fighting for the show and then asks fans to keep “kicking and screaming.” He’s hoping for good news soon. So are we!


Some new trailers for various romances and period dramas dropped recently! I picked a few of the best.

What period drama or romance news has you excited (or upset)? Let me know in the comments! 

Featured image at top: Victoria Season 3 (ITV/Masterpiece), Mrs. Wilson (BBC/Masterpiece), Darkest Hour (Focus Features), Roswell, New Mexico (CW), and Vidalgo Palace (Acorn TV)

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By on November 16th, 2018

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a writer and digital publisher full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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4 thoughts on “Romance and Period Drama News Roundup: A New ‘Rebecca’ Adaptation, The Spring Masterpiece Schedule, and More”

  1. Ooh! A new Rebecca? Sounds interesting. I like your choice for Mrs Danvers. And I’m excited about Chris Pratt in The Saint remake. I signed the petition to save FilmStruck so I’m happy to hear some good news.


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