3 cos­tume dra­mas com­ing up...

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1. The Crown Claire Foy and Matt Smith re­turn as El­iz­a­beth and Philip

Claire Foy and Matt Smith are back as the Queen and Prince Philip in the se­cond se­ries of the award-win­ning Net­flix drama The Crown, which airs from Fri­day 8 De­cem­ber.

The new run in­cludes the birth of Prince An­drew and the mar­riage of Princess Mar­garet to Antony Arm­strong-jones. It will also ex­plore Philip’s trau­matic child­hood and his re­la­tion­ship with son Charles.

‘I find Philip ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­ter­est­ing,’ says show cre­ator Peter Mor­gan. ‘The soul of se­ries two is about his com­plex­ity.’

New faces for this se­ries in­clude En­deav­our’s An­ton Lesser, who plays Harold Macmil­lan, and Dex­ter’s Michael C Hall as US Pres­i­dent John F Kennedy.

2. Howards End Matthew Mac­fadyen and Hay­ley Atwell star in the EM Forster clas­sic

Love is in the air for Matthew Mac­fadyen and Hay­ley Atwell as this glo­ri­ous snap from the forth­com­ing BBC1 drama Howards End demon­strates.

The four-part se­ries, due to air next year, is based on EM Forster’s much-loved 1910 novel, which ex­plores class con­flict at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury.

The drama sees Agent Carter star Hay­ley as the for­ward­think­ing Mar­garet Sch­legel, who finds her­self em­broiled in the Wil­cox fam­ily. She also finds love with the pa­tri­arch of the clan, stuffy busi­ness­man Henry Wil­cox, played by

Rip­per Street’s Matthew.

Co­me­dian Tracey Ull­man will co-star as Mar­garet’s kind but in­ter­fer­ing Aunt Ju­ley Mund.

3. The Last Post Jes­sica Raine goes back to the 1960s in a tor­rid Army drama

Former Call the Mid­wife star Jes­sica Raine is a long way from Po­plar in this at­mo­spheric shot from BBC1 drama The Last Post, which will air this au­tumn.

The se­ries is set in Aden (now Ye­men) in 1965, and fol­lows the dan­gers and per­sonal crises faced by the fam­i­lies of Bri­tish of­fi­cers serv­ing in the Royal Mil­i­tary Po­lice. Jes­sica plays fun-lov­ing Ali­son, who is sti­fled by life on a mil­i­tary base with her mar­riage to Lt Ed Laith­waite (Stephen Camp­bell Moore).

War & Peace’s Jessie Buck­ley and Cou­pling’s Ben Miles also fea­ture in the story, which was penned by Bafta-win­ning writer Peter Mof­fat, in­spired by his own fa­ther’s ser­vice with the mil­i­tary po­lice in Aden.

Preg­nant with an­tic­i­pa­tion: Claire and Matt

Love is in the air: Matthew and Hay­ley

See­ing red: Jes­sica as mil­i­tary wife Ali­son

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