The British Series with the Big House (Season Two SPOILERS) – Mmmhmm



DA Season Two: The Smoldering Encounters in the Garage Edit (Part 2 and 3 are the entire edits)


The Modern Take


AHH – I want this Florence + the Machine take completed


Thoughts of Richard Armitage came back to me: the shrill lady from Nottingham, the honorable man from Milton, and the evil guy trying to mess with Lucas/John. And Dan Stevens needs to get familiar with the Richard Armitage period drama kissing technique—oh that kiss was baaaad.

Two-hour Christmas special airing in the UK! And season 3! WOOT. But sad that there will likely be little Sybil + Branson action in the future.

King Richard Armitage Week: Richard III Project Slogan Poll

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Let’s play ad agency (Mad Men time!) and come up with ad campaign slogans for the Richard III project.

Let’s look at the writing strategies used to create ad taglines for The Tudors.

  • Sex. Intrigue. Excess. Treachery. Power. Obsession. Murder. – List
  • It’s Good to Be King. – Existing catchphrase
  • King Takes All. – Wordplay on double meaning of king
  • Lover. Warrior. Rebel. King. Prepare for reign. – List with a play on words
Here are a few I have come up with—let’s have a poll!

No bots allowed. 😉

Some Background

  • Richard III’s motto was “Loyalty binds me.”
  • He was an advocate for less fortunate citizens, improving the economic conditions of northern England for commoners, and introducing the bail system and a court for those who could not afford legal representation.

What are your slogan ideas? Channel your inner Peggy Olson or Don Draper and post them in the comments section.

Thanks for participating!

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King Richard Armitage Week: Birthday Celebration

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petition, join the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Birthday cheers for Richard Armitage! Forty years strong and so much to admire.

Hello, 40. (courtesy of:

Armitage senior named his son Richard after King Richard III and, remarkably, RA was born on the day that RIII died. As a result, RA has had a strong affinity for RIII and has publicly expressed interest in developing a RIII film or television project that does greater justice to the historical life of RIII than the Shakespearean play does. There is ample scholarship about the “true” story of RIII, so it would be fantastic to see a redeemed representation of RIII on-screen.

As a fan of RA, I’m engaging in some timely fan creativity about RIII and the idea of this RIII project with fellow RA bloggers. Regardless of whether the project is produced or not, I am interested in the RIII story, how actors and filmmakers have portrayed the narrative, and how it could be alternately presented.

For this celebratory week, I’m going light on history. I’ve come up with some creative fan experiments and I encourage readers to participate in the posts via the comments field.

I hope you will enjoy these posts and thanks for reading!

Upcoming posts:

  • Richard III Project Slogan Poll: Invitation for Reader Suggestions
  • Richard III Actors + Armitage: Six Degrees of Separation: Can You Best Me?
  • Richard III Project: Creative Letters of Support from John Thornton, Ros Myers, Lady Marian, and John Porter’s Daughter: Share Your Letter
  • Wrap-Up

Thoughts on Vogue: Emma Watson’s Lads, Armitage Speculation, and Downton Abbey Ladies

After mentioning the casting of Jeremy Irvine in the upcoming Great Expectations film, I spotted him as one of four young British actors admiring Emma Watson in a photoshoot for the July 2011 Vogue issue.

Emma Watson has company (l-r: Luke Treadaway, Tom Hughes, Jeremy Irvine, and Harry Lloyd) (photo by: Mario Testino for Vogue)

Vogue has online-exclusive profiles of the actors here. Irvine is on the brink of fame, having won the lead role for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film War Horse.


When The Hobbit media blitz goes into full effect, I predict that Richard Armitage will show up in Vogue’s “People Are Talking About” section or as a dashing companion for one of the models (Alexander Skarsgard suits up with Lara Stone in the July issue).

If the latter happens, Armitage deserves better positioning than that of a mere man accessory that sulks in the background. Vogue editors should take advantage of his musical theater training and pair him with a dynamic model like Coco Rocha, who is also trained in dance.

The Hobbit is due for release in December so any Armitage coverage will likely be in the November or December issue.

Oh the photoshoot possibilities! It could be a glamping (glamourous camping) scene set in treehouses with the lovely couple dressed in capes and boots inspired by the outdoorsy spirit of The Hobbit. Or an ecstatic party setting with Coco in some sequins and Armitage in black-tie and some scorching Latin dance moves (Servetus did an excellent analysis of Armitage + tango elements in Spooks on her blog earlier this week).

I love the dance action and riveting eye contact in this early photoshoot featuring several young actors including Armitage and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Armitage is committed to his partner, fully embracing her and supporting her as they move across the space.

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This month, the ladies of Downton Abbey received the glam treatment in Vogue UK – see Tom and Lorenzo coverage here.

UPDATE: Emma Watson wears one of the Bottega Veneta dresses featured in the Downton Abbey spread to the Harry Potter premiere.

Hmm. Now I see why this dress was photographed in profile, while crouching. Standing up, it looks like a draping mess.