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Help: looking for Downton-esque series for a present

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wintera Wed 12-Dec-12 22:41:55

Pride and prejudice with Colin Firth is a must have. North and south is very good. Cranford and bleak house were also very well done. I also have a soft spot for the BBC version of Our mutual friend as well.

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Dec-12 21:12:50

Bleak house was AMAZING

ShipwreckedUnderTheTree Wed 12-Dec-12 21:11:21

Parade's end is also great

Clayhead Wed 12-Dec-12 20:52:22

North & South is brilliant - I watch it every year smile

I also like Cranford, Bleak House, Wives & Daughters, He Knew He Was Right & Little Dorrit.

schmohawk Wed 12-Dec-12 20:28:02

Another vote for the Forsyte Saga, it's cracking! You can have a look on You Tube... Jane Eyre also fab.

GlaikingAroundTheChristmasTree Fri 07-Dec-12 12:31:10

Lark rise to candle ford . Lovely Sunday night drama!

SavoyCabbage Fri 07-Dec-12 12:25:35


LittleChristmasBearPad Fri 07-Dec-12 12:22:50

Watching north and south now. It's wonderful.

anonacfr Fri 07-Dec-12 12:21:18

The newer version of The Forsyte Saga (with Damian Lewis as Soames) is fabulous.
Great cast and very true to the book.

nipersvest Fri 07-Dec-12 12:20:54

brideshead revisited?

megandraper Fri 07-Dec-12 12:15:15

The North and South you've linked to, OP, is BRILLIANT. I lent mine to a friend a couple of years ago and still haven't got it back. Really beautifully done, and very romantic smile

HoHoBrandyButter Fri 07-Dec-12 12:08:33

The original BBC Pride and Prejudice, definitely - nothing better to introduce them to than Colin Firth's Mr Darcy!

MeeWhoo Fri 07-Dec-12 12:01:44

Thanks again for the new suggestions.

What do you think about North and South,here ? I can get this one with subtitles in Spanish, which they might appreciate, the other ones only seem to have subtitles in English.

FireOverBethlehem Fri 07-Dec-12 11:55:36

There was also an ITV series, The Grand, set in a 1920s hotel. That was good.

KindleMum Fri 07-Dec-12 11:50:30

The original Upstairs Downstairs? Would also second the House of Elliott. Couldn't stand The Paradise though. Any of the good Jane Austen adaptations.

MeeWhoo Fri 07-Dec-12 11:43:13

Thanks YDdraigGoch, I'll have a look at those too.

YDdraigGoch Thu 06-Dec-12 12:42:35

Or The Paradise

YDdraigGoch Thu 06-Dec-12 12:41:20

Another good one would be "Call the Midwife".

MeeWhoo Thu 06-Dec-12 11:57:32

Thank you both for your suggestions. I have never heard of either of these series so I am off to youtube etc. to have a good look. (As for the films, they are very much for I was looking for, but I am pretty sure they would have seen them already andI wanted to "introduce them" to something).

Thanks again.

Bearandcub Thu 06-Dec-12 08:36:06

Hmmm film might look a little dated now but The House of Elliott?

YDdraigGoch Thu 06-Dec-12 08:28:39

Not series, but what about DVDs of Jane Austen films such as Pride and Predjudice and Emma? Also Jane Eyre is a good film. Or Gosford Park.
The other period series we liked was Lark Rise to Candleford.

MeeWhoo Thu 06-Dec-12 08:24:36

My DB and DSIL like DA and I thought I could get them some other British period drama for Christmas, they are not British so it doesn't matter whether it is very well known or not as it is unlikely they wouldhave already watched it.

They like DA because of the period details, settings and the quality of the filming, apart from thee plot itself.
Any suggestions?

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