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Troy – Fall Of A City17 Feb 20188 episodes, BBC. Retelling the story of the 10 year siege of Troy, which occurred in the 12 or 13th century BC. The story is told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege. TRAILER | IMDB
The Terror26 Mar 201810 episodes, AMC. Based on the novel by Dan Simmons. Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Starring Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Tobias Menzies. TRAILER | IMDB
Woman in White20185 episodes, BBC. Ben Hardy, Jessie Buckley, Dougray Scott & Charles Dance star in BBC’s ‘The Woman In White’ remake. Story follows Walter Hartright who encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road and is soon drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world. Romance, suspense and danger combine as secrets come to the fore in what is largely viewed as the first psychologically thriller novel. It’s a haunting tale of insanity and identity set against the shadowy paths and corridors of English country houses and ultimately into the depths of a Victorian madhouse. IMDB
Ordeal by Innocence20183 episodes, BBC. Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence. Originally scheduled to air around the Christmas season but in January 2018 the BBC announced that they were commencing re-shoots with Christian Cooke replacing Ed Westwick. New air date is yet to be revealed. IMDB
Vanity Fair20187 episodes, ITV/Amazon. An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. Starring Olivia Cooke, Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp, Johnny Flynn as William Dobbin, Claudia Jessie as Amelia Sedley, Tom Bateman as Rawdon Crawley, Suranne Jones as Miss Pinkerton. IMDB
Black Narcissus20183 episodes, BBC. Adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love from Amanda Coe. Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of World War Two, Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.
Picnic at Hanging Rock20186 episodes, Amazon. Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900. Miniseries based on the book. IMDB
Nellie Bly2018(?) episodes, Lifetime. A psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere. Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. IMDB
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco2018(?) episodes, Britbox/ITV. ‘The Bletchley Circle’ spinoff will follow two of the original lead characters, Millie (Rachel Stirling) and Jean (Julie Graham), as they travel to 1956 America and join forces with two U.S. codebreakers to tackle a string of murder cases.
Les Misérables20186 episodes, BBC. Written by Andrew Davies. Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as Fantine, David Oyelowo as Javert, Erin Kellyman as Eponine. IMDB
A Christmas Carol(?) 25 Dec 20193 episodes, BBC One. A television adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo). Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, calls Knight “a genius” and suggests viewers be “prepared to be blown away by his wholly original and visionary take on some of Britain’s best loved classics.” We just hope it will be a classic period adaptation. IMDB
The Name of the Rose20198 episodes, Rai (Italy). A monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey. Television adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose'. Starring John Turturro, Rupert Everett. IMDB
Pride and Prejudice2020? episodes, ITV. Production company Mammoth Screen plans to tease out the “darker tones” of Jane Austen’s classic novel in a new ITV adaptation written by Nina Raine. This will be Raine’s first TV adaptation. The dates and cast for the production and broadcast are still to be confirmed, but there is a chance the new version could air in 2020.
The Singapore Grip(?) 2019

6 episodes, ITV. The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. It follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty, who live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. However, the story takes a turn when the son of his business partner Mr Webb becomes involved with his daughter Joan before falling under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee. It is being adapted by Christopher Hampton, who wrote feature films including A Dangerous Method, Atonement, The Quiet American and who won an Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons. Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) produces.

The Gilded Age201910 episodes, NBC. Set in New York City in 1882, the series will follow Marian Brook, the young heiress of a conservative family who is tasked with infiltrating the world of their wealthy neighbors, ruled by railroad tycoon George Russell. Complications arise amid a wide cast of characters including the rakish young Russell son Larry and matriarch Bertha, whose new money presents a social barrier to acceptance by the upper set.
Gentleman Jackunknown8 episodes, HBO/BBC One. Written by Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible). Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals; and most importantly, with her would-be-wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker. IMDB
Dangerous Liaisonsunknown? episodes, BBC. According to Deadline, Choderlos de Laclos's classic 18th-century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was to be written as a drama serial by Christopher Hampton. But this news is 5 years old so apparently it's not happening.
CharlotteunknownTV mini-series. During America's tumultuous years before the Civil War, a Southern family struggles with being societies "upper-crust" while operating a profitable plantation and secretly pushing for the emancipation of slaves. IMDB
The Serpent and the MoonunknownTV series. Julian Fellowes adapting a Princess Michael of Kent's novel which is based on the love triangle between the young French king Henri II, his long-suffering wife Catherine de Medici, and his older mistress, Diane de Poitiers.
A Place of Greater Safetyunknown? episodes, BBC. Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel about the French revolution. Three young men – Georges-Jacques Danton, Mzimilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, all real figures involved in the revolution – must deal with the dark side of the period’s politics. Adapted by Richard Warlow, a writer on Ripper Street. The news is 3 years old though.
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