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Apply a cold compress and loosen that corset! It's historical hunk time in film and telly (oh hello again Aidan Turner!), with three new sizzling period dramas to look forward to.

We are totally respectful of the hairier sex at Muddy Stilettos, marvellously woke in every possible way to sexual equality, and would never think to objectify good looking actors in period costume wearing supertight breeches and low-necked shirts.

Um, apart from these three. Enjoy, randy women of Muddy Stilettos, enjoy!

 

Johnny Flynn in Emma

Johnny Flynn (right) as George Knightly with his Emma co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse and Callum Turner as Frank Churchill

 

If Little Women hasn’t sated your desire for big screen bonnets and bloomers, then this latest adaptation of Austen’s classic from director Autumn de Wilde surely will. The comedy’s been given a bit of a millennial makeover (check all the on-trend pastels in the trailer above), and we’re delighted to see Johnny Flynn of Beast fame donning his best side burns to play Mr Knightley (fun fact – that’s him singing over the end credits, and it’s a song he wrote himself for the film. A man of many talents, clearly). If you like him in a top hat and cravat, just wait until he slips into the Aladdin Sane leotard for Bowie biopic Stardust later this year.

‘Emma’ arrives in theatres 14 Feb 2020. 

 

Rufus Sewell in The Pale Horse

Leaping forward a century or so to the 1960s, Rufus Sewell practises his smouldering scowl in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, much to the delight of several Muddy staffers who will go unnamed (OK it’s me). Rufus steps into the natty vintage suits of lead character Mark Easterbrook, who becomes muddled up in a murder when his name is found in the shoe of a dead woman. Even if Mr Sewell isn’t your type (uh, HOW?), the show is well worth a watch for Kaya Scodelario’s en-pointe Sixties wardrobe.

The first episode of The Pale Horse airs at 9pm on BBC One, Sunday 9 Feb.  

 

Aidan Turner in Leonardo 

Kenny Ho [CC BY-SA]

Sadly, it’s looking like Aidan is likely to be keeping his shirt on for this one, so no Poldark-style scything scenes we’re afraid. Everyone’s favourite brooding Irishman will be starring in a new TV series about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci later this year, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the polymath’s death. Filming only started in Dec 2019, but we hear rumours that the show will be airing on Netflix in mid-2020. Watch this space verrrry closely.

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