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What are your favourite period dramas?

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Teufelsrad Thu 24-May-18 12:34:48

I'm currently half way through the adaptation of Margaret Gaskell's North and South and I'm loving it. I watched Sense and Sensibility yesterday which I also loved.

I don't normally watch that many period dramas but I've had a real craving for them since watching the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and I'd really appreciate any other recommendations. I'm not at all particular about era and I watch a lot of world cinema so foreign films and to adaptations are also very welcome.

Thank you in advance.

Newmanwannabe Thu 24-May-18 12:37:59

Does outlander count? Jamie 😍😍😍

elportodelgato Thu 24-May-18 12:39:10

Bbc version of middlemarch from years ago - Rufus Sewell ❤️

DrEustaciaBenson Thu 24-May-18 12:40:34

Original Upstairs Downstairs.

Unicornsandrainbows3 Thu 24-May-18 12:41:17

Sense and sensibility is a favourite here too. Emma is another.

DuchyDuke Thu 24-May-18 12:43:04

Pride and Prejudice - but only the Colin Firth one
Northanger Abbey
North and South
Far from the Madding Crowd
A Tenant of Wildfell Hall - but I prefer the book.

CoolCarrie Thu 24-May-18 12:43:15

Cranford is brilliant and Tom Hiddleston is in the second series, Upstairs, Downstairs, both the 70s series and the BBC sequel with Keely Hawes are far better than Downton imo.

DuchyDuke Thu 24-May-18 12:44:05

Oh and Peaky it even if it isn’t entirely historically accurate

PrivateParkin Thu 24-May-18 12:46:07

Have you seen the BBC adaptation of Wives and Daughters, with Keeley Hawes, Jonathan Pryce and co? That's fantastic. It's fairly old now (early 2000s, maybe) but it's on DVD. The book was also by Elizabeth Gaskell but she died before he could finish it - although I think it was pretty clear how she meant it to end and the Beeb filled in the gaps beautifully.

Also what about Barchester Towers - that's really old (1980s?!) but also fab. I love a good bonnet drama!

KurriKurri Thu 24-May-18 12:46:54

I came on to say North and South grin

I also really enjoyed the BBC Jane Eyre with Ruth Thingy in it.

Enjoyed the film of My Cousin Rachel that came out recently as well.

KurriKurri Thu 24-May-18 12:47:28

Ruth Wilson - not Ruth Thingy grin

PanPanPanPing Thu 24-May-18 12:48:38

Vanity Fair. There have been two, if not three, different TV series made. All of them good.

robotcartrainhat Thu 24-May-18 12:49:19

love the Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska

Loved the newest version of Howards End that was on BBC recently

Love The Age of Innocence and Wings of the Dove

The Piano, Bright Star and Portrait of a Lady are all wonderful as well

PanPanPanPing Thu 24-May-18 12:50:35

The Way We Live Now - the one with David Suchet.

robotcartrainhat Thu 24-May-18 12:51:25

oh and am quite enjoying The Woman in White which is on Iplayer at the mo

robotcartrainhat Thu 24-May-18 12:51:58

panpanpanping yes!! Cillian!! those eyes!

PrivateParkin Thu 24-May-18 12:54:16

Oops in my excitement at posting, I got my actors mixed up - it was Bill Paterson, not Jonathan Pryce, who was in Wives and Daughters. It was a pretty star-studded cast: Michael Gambon, Tom Hollander, Francesca Annis and Rosamund Pike were also in it!

robotcartrainhat Thu 24-May-18 12:59:57

Oh thought of some 20th century ones
The End of the Affair
Remains of the Day
The Deep Blue Sea
The Edge of Love

MrStarkIDontFeelSoGood Thu 24-May-18 13:02:51

In addition to ones said :

The recent adaptions of Dickens on the BBC, and by recent I mean about 8 years ago!😂

Little Dorrit starring Claire Foy and Matthew McFadden

Bleak House starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Gillian Anderson

The Emma that had Mark Strong as Knightley was better than the one with Jonny Lee Miller as Knightly IIRC

the Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson

MrStarkIDontFeelSoGood Thu 24-May-18 13:05:42

Emma with Mark Strong was in fucking 1996!!!


I was FOURTEEN! shock

MrsScrubbingbrush Thu 24-May-18 13:14:30

Showing my age now...

The original version of Testament of Youth' with Cheryl Campbell and 'Precious Bane' with Janet McTeer.

gamerwidow Thu 24-May-18 13:19:44

Outlander, peaky blinders, Godless and Harlots.
Honourable mentions to Penny Dreadful and Timless but they’re set in the past rather than period dramas.

gamerwidow Thu 24-May-18 13:21:39

Also The Americans probably counts too and that has been consistently brilliant

PistFump Thu 24-May-18 13:24:22

Thread not what I thought it was going to be about <shuffles off>

liquidrevolution Thu 24-May-18 13:29:45

The recent War and peace was fabulous imo. And the version of persuasion with Amanda root and Ciaran hinds is devine.

Some of the recent Jane Austen have been a bit questionable though. I remember a weird adaption of Mansfield park with Billie piper in.

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