3 costume dramas coming up...
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