Lovers of costume drama...

(65 Posts)
TomDudgeon Mon 18-Mar-13 20:58:40

What are your top five favourites?

I'm expecting lots of North and Souths and the Firth P&P
Hoping I might find something new that's not so well known like bright star

WhenIsBedtime Mon 18-Mar-13 21:07:28

Not sure if these qualify as costume dramas, but I love...

Casanova with David Tennant
The Tudors with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Merlin with Colin Morgan
Downton Abbey with Maggie Smith
Game of Thrones with Peter Dinklage

Lurleene Mon 18-Mar-13 22:13:51

Loved Bright Star..
Some suggestions:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles - any version.
Vanity Fair with Natasha Little.
The Crimson Petal and the White with Romola Garai
Far from the Madding Crowd with Nathaniel Parker
Charles II with Rufus Sewell

Clayhead Mon 18-Mar-13 22:18:52

North & South grin

Wives & Daughters
He Knew He Was Right
The Way We Live Now
Bleak House
Little Dorrit

Lurleene Mon 18-Mar-13 22:22:45

Also Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst, it is very slow but worth sticking with.

A film I saw recently, A Royal Affair, which is Danish and subtitled and not so well known, was great. It is a true story, but as I am not familiar with Danish history like I am with British I found the story very intriguing.

Also have you seen the series Desperate Romantics with Rafe Spall? It is about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and very good fun.

TunipTheVegedude Mon 18-Mar-13 22:23:23

Persuasion with Amanda Root

Can I have 'Lost in Austen' with Gemma Arterton and Jemima Rooper, or doesn't it count?

TomDudgeon Tue 19-Mar-13 07:37:52

I love lost in Austen
Have what you want grin

Some good suggestions
Some I've seen, some not and some I've obviously seen the wrong version such as vanity fair with Witherspoon

I'm currently watching R P-J as went worth again but will find all the new ideas and get them lined up
Happy grin

TunipTheVegedude Tue 19-Mar-13 09:03:02

One just for you TomDudgeon:

The 1980s adaptation of Coot Club and The Big Six, called Swallows And Amazons Forever.

TomDudgeon Tue 19-Mar-13 13:21:02

I've seen the swallows and amazons film (a few times blush)
But didn't know there were others
Will hunt that out and get the kids to watch it with me, especially as we're in norfolk and their grandparents have a boat on the broads.
Brilliant thank you

TomDudgeon Tue 19-Mar-13 13:24:41

Though not sure on the title if its the broads lot. Only the Ds met them though of course he meant them to meet (cootsin the north)

TunipTheVegedude Tue 19-Mar-13 13:41:19

here it is

Yes, the title is silly. I always hoped it meant they were going to adapt more of the books, but they didn't.

TomDudgeon Thu 21-Mar-13 16:39:48

is on order grin

Pancakeflipper Thu 21-Mar-13 16:55:31

Bleak House - the one with Anna whatshername.
Most P&P's
Great Expectations

Pancakeflipper Thu 21-Mar-13 16:56:02

Oooh and Little Women. The Black and white version.

Mama1980 Thu 21-Mar-13 17:00:40

North and south smile
Amanda root/Kieran hinds persuasion
Daniel Deronda
A respectable trade
Frenchmans creek
Poldark- so bad its good once you get into it.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 21-Mar-13 17:04:00

I really liked Lark Rise to Candleford blush

There is something really nice about watching something where the disasters are always small scale smile

Emma with Romolo Garai and Johnny Lee Miller.
Persuasion with Amanda Root
Casanova was really good

Can't think of any others apart from the obvious ones.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 21-Mar-13 17:04:26

Pancake - the one with Katherine Hepburn as Jo?

Pancakeflipper Thu 21-Mar-13 17:06:53

Yes Alba ! I think it being black and white just adds to the melodrama.

Chubfuddler Thu 21-Mar-13 17:17:01

YY to Bleak House, He Knew He Was Right and The Way We Live Now. All utterly devastating mind you. Sobbed my way through the last couple of eps of Bleak House. The female leads were all amazing.

ppeatfruit Fri 22-Mar-13 11:45:23

I can honestly say that Brightstar is the best film of ANY type costume or not (apart from West Side Story) that I have ever seen I got the DVD and I heart it!!!!!

Alibaba I also enjoyed Lark Rise though the book is better!

TomDudgeon Fri 22-Mar-13 16:18:27

I have made a list

Ppear I adored bright star too even if I do sob like anything when watching it

ppeatfruit Fri 22-Mar-13 16:27:16

Yes me also grin sad it's like going into another world; the skill of the director Jane Campion ? is amazing.

DrCoconut Sat 23-Mar-13 00:08:11

The Duchess and Barry Lyndon are among our favourites. And I love Amadeus even though it is not exactly a serious film.

BOEUF Sat 23-Mar-13 00:11:03

You definitely saw the wrong version of Vanity Fair! Natasha Little is perfect as Becky Sharp. Have you seen Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds?

out2lunch Sat 23-Mar-13 00:17:37

yy to p&p and vf with natasha little

i capture the castle
cold comfort farm
love in a cold climate
the chamomile lawn

out2lunch Sat 23-Mar-13 00:18:13

oops can't count

Frawli Sat 23-Mar-13 00:25:31

For me, the problem with Persuasion is that Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds look too old. She is only a bit too old, but he is about 15 years older than he should be. If they had been through a time machine and were younger that version would be perfect.

I've not seen the Jonny Lee Miller version of Emma, but he's more of an Edward Ferrars than a Knightley in my head. Have you seen the Kate Beckinsale version of Emma? Mark Strong is Knightley and he is perfect in the role. I really liked this version, I have a feeling it was the P&P Firth version writer Andrew Davies who wrote the script for it.

I know you don't want to hear it but my favourites are the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice and North and South :-)

There is another Austen adaptation with JJ Feild in it that was good. Northanger Abbey I think. Had Casey whatsherface in too. Will google...
Here it is:

I haven't seen a version of Jane Eyre that I've really liked, unhelpful, I know.

Frawli Sat 23-Mar-13 00:26:05
cerealqueen Sat 23-Mar-13 09:25:15

P&P with Firth / Ehle
Persuasion with Root/Hinds. Quite like Johnny Lee Miller one too.
North and South
Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens (best Rochester ever)
Tenant of Wildfell Hall with Toby Stephens again
Sense and Sensibility with Dan Stevens
Anne of Green Gables (not really a costume drama but I loved it)

That is it for now!

cerealqueen Sat 23-Mar-13 09:26:00

Sorry, more than 5 there....

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 23-Mar-13 09:35:17

Frawali - JLM is a good Knightly, although I do like Jeremy Northam in Gwynnie's Emma.

DeepRedBetty Sat 23-Mar-13 09:41:01

Bleak House
Call The Midwife (because most of us weren't yet alive at the time it's set, or were very small, so it counts as costume imho)

And Rome, corny, but remarkably accurate on the small scale even if spectacularly cavalier with history on the larger scale.

TomDudgeon Sat 23-Mar-13 12:04:46

I don't like the Hinds version. He makes me feel creeped out

I've seen a lot of versions of different things. Agree Mark Strong makes a good knightly.
I think someone needs to take all the versions of each one and combine the best bits.

I haven't seen one either frawli but I suspect its the story (abusive) that makes me not like it rather than any acting. The same with wuthering heights

Today we will be watching coot club. Even got dh interested as he grew up in Sheringham where the station shots are filmed

ppeatfruit Sat 23-Mar-13 12:11:50

Oh yes Deep Red I LOVE Cranford the book is fab. in fact I love Elizabeth Gaskell (I especially love that she stood up to the dictatorial Dickens when she was writing in his Magazine) Sorry too many "loves' I know grin.

I've just reread Little Dorrit and it reminded me of the T.V. series with the huge "Stenders actress in the lead as "little" sorry, however good the acting (and she wasn't bad in it) she just wasn't "little" grin

YYY to Call The Midwife so very beautifully directed and acted also it showed that the Beeb can get it right sometimes.

Agree about Downton its good to see ITV throwing money at something that didn't have explicit sex and violence to recommend it.

DeepRedBetty Sat 23-Mar-13 12:16:21

Just looking back on my list, the first four I'd have been happy to watch with my nan sitting beside me, or dds - in fact I think dds love CTM even more than I do, and dd2 is a hopeless Downton Addict as well.

And then Rome... starts with sex, then some violence and keeps it up really for the entire two series grin

ppeatfruit Sat 23-Mar-13 12:21:38

Is Rome made by HBO? If it is I must claim some personal interest because DH works for them, I tried to get into the Borgias but it got me down!

ppeatfruit Sat 23-Mar-13 17:46:31

I must tell you that I just asked DH if HBO made Rome and they did with the Beeb he said it was a pile of shxx grin

DeepRedBetty Wed 27-Mar-13 11:41:34

Yes, a pile of shite... but hugely entertaining shite all the same! A guilty pleasure blush

BranchingOut Wed 27-Mar-13 11:48:25

Ah yes, Rome, with its army, TWO soldiers.

TomDudgeon Thu 04-Apr-13 18:41:27

Started desperate romantics
Goodness it's shit
But quite fun too
now wondering how much more sex they can get in and have a vague plot

Lurleene Fri 05-Apr-13 23:47:06

That was my suggestion - definitely not recommending it for historical accuracy but I think it 'is a jolly good romp'! ( Not how I talk in RL!)

EmpressMaud Fri 05-Apr-13 23:53:55

Pride and Prejudice (Ehle/Firth)
North and South
The Way We Live Now
War and Peace (Anthony Hopkins). It's slightly dated now, but I like it all the same.
The Tudors

And one more would be Wuthering Heights (the Tom Hardy version). I didn't care for it on first viewing, but warmed to it.

tigerdriverII Fri 05-Apr-13 23:57:05

I really loathe costume drama. With a big passion.

So really should not be on this thread. I have entertained myself too much, I fear.

ppeatfruit Sat 06-Apr-13 13:08:55

I always find it weird to loathe costume drama.;because it's just drama written in or about the past (IMO it's just like modern drama, there's plenty of crap about nowadays as well) its either good or bad.

Do you hate Shakespeare tigerdriver?

ppeatfruit Sat 06-Apr-13 13:10:59

What do any of you reckon about Lost in Austen?

TomDudgeon Sat 06-Apr-13 13:13:56

Yes I don't like dramas just because they're dressed up in old style clothes. I also love things like poliakoff, some of which are modern.

Anyone else watched bomb girls?

uncongenial Sat 06-Apr-13 17:41:44

I know a lot of suspending of disbelief was required, but I didn't like Lost in Austen. She wouldn't have been accepted in their society with that hair and make-up, not to mention manner.

Still18atheart Sat 06-Apr-13 17:52:49

Any Jane Austin Adaptation
Jane Eyre
The Tudors - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Downton Abbey - Maggie Smith

Little Women
The Duchess

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 10:15:19

uncongenial Yes I wondered why the Ms Price character didn't put up her hair and scrub off the make up to blend in better. Though I noticed the other girls had obvious make up on.

I wonder if its going to be repeated 'cos I missed how she got to the past in the first place. ITV didn't trail it did they? (well I didn't see it if they did).

TunipTheVegedude Sun 07-Apr-13 10:22:30

Oh I loved Lost In Austen. Quite happy to suspend my disbelief about her otter hunting outfit, etc, because it was so warm-hearted and silly.
Elizabeth Bennett getting a job as a nanny in 21st century London was just fab.

North and south grin
Pride and prejudice (firth/ehle)
Persuasion (root/hinds)
The lost prince, can't believe It's not been mentioned yet
Emma the Paltrow film. Thought romola garai was too old and johnny lee miller was way to young. I think they were trying to mitigate the slightly disturbing aspects of the Emma/knightly relationship

Onlyconnect Sun 07-Apr-13 10:24:57

I haven't got 5 but my two favourites are Brideshead and the Middlemarch from the mid 90s.

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 13:35:13

How did it start tunip? I enjoyed it too (thought Bingley was gooorgeous grin) Great fun grin

TunipTheVegedude Sun 07-Apr-13 13:36:45

She finds a secret door in her bathroom which comes out in the Bennetts' attic.
As you do grin

TomDudgeon Sun 07-Apr-13 13:40:28

It was fun, not to be taken too seriously. Would love another one.
They could do a load with different people with different books

MordecaiAndRigby Sun 07-Apr-13 13:42:27

I love Lost in Austen.

Has anyone mentioned any Catherine Cookson's yet? grin

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 13:44:04

Oh thanks tunip the door that was used at the end of the series? I assume that had its own powers. How or why did Lizzie get into 2013?

Zamboni Sun 07-Apr-13 13:48:01

Lots that have been mentioned, especially Charles II and also Aristocrats.

TunipTheVegedude Sun 07-Apr-13 13:48:40

Yes, the same door. Lizzie found the door from her end and went through it, and once she was there she was having far too much fun to want to come back.

EmpressMaud Sun 07-Apr-13 13:52:29

Oh dear, Catherine Cookson! grin

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 14:07:24

IMO C.C. is a bit miserable! anyone enjoy Goodnight Sweetheart ?I LOVE it!!!

EmpressMaud Sun 07-Apr-13 15:34:14

Goodnight Sweetheart was one of my guilty likes, though I think it was at least 10 years ago or more since I watched it. The last episode was oddly touching with the choice to be made and the wallpaper, that will make sense to those who have seen (I hope).

MordecaiAndRigby Sun 07-Apr-13 16:05:42

Again I really enjoyed Goodnight Sweetheart. Yet it sits uncomfortably with me now, should I really be entertained by the antics of some two timing cheat? grin

<goes off to look up Goodnight Sweetheart boxset on Amazon>

ppeatfruit Sun 07-Apr-13 17:58:45

It's being repeated on Gold in the week. It's only a story mordecai and in some ways quite ahead of its time with good parts for the leading womengrin I must admit to knowing the authors!

MordecaiAndRigby Sun 07-Apr-13 18:32:08

Oh I know that ppeat. It just makes me laugh, "so I have this idea for a hilarious new comedy... It's about a bloke cheating on his wife!" grin

Still love it though. I wasn't even a teenager when it was first on TV so I grew up with it. <nostalgic>

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