I mentioned in my last post my love for period British mini-series. Basically if there are costumes, accents and multiple episodes, I am so in.
A couple of people asked for some of my favs, so I thought I would compile a list. (Don't you love a good list?!) There are two categories. The first is made up of mini-series and TV series. The second is made up of feature-length movies that I also adore. I have included links to the versions that I am referring to.
Pride and Prejudice - Where it all began. I had no idea how this mini-series would affect the rest of my life. I think being an English major in college would have never happened without Mr. Darcy diving into a lake.
Lark Rise to Candleford - Sunday nights for the past spring and summer have been dedicated to watching this series with my mom and my sister. It is truly a delight. There is even a whole episode devoted to when a new-fangled machine, a bicycle, comes to town.
The Forsyte Saga - Whoa. This mini-series means business. Victorian love and scandal at its best. Plus, it stars one of my faves, Damian Lewis. (Who I saw in real life when I was out and about in London. As always, shorter than I expected.)
Cranford/Return to Cranford - A show about a town run by older women is going to be full of heart. Lot of laughs and tears in this one.
Jane Eyre - Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester. Nuff said.
Wives and Daughters - All kinds of relationships are explored in this great mini-series: child and parent, sisters, lovers, step-families, and more.
Little Dorrit - Oh, Dickens! Even though there are wacky characters with wacky names, you still get so invested in their lives. Little Dorrit is just so good, it is easy to hope her story turns out for the best. This storyline hits every emotional note on the scale.
Sense and Sensibility - Not to be confused with the Emma Thompson version, which I also love. This mini-series was able to take the time and explore the story of the Dashwood sisters.
Bleak House - Another Dickens mini-series. It is darker. But oh, so good.
Jeeves and Wooster - Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are geniuses. Their chemistry makes this series so fun to watch. Oh, the hi-jinx Wooster gets up to. Yet Jeeves always manages to save the day.
Cambridge Spies - Mini-series based on true events: 4 Cambridge students are recruited to be spies for Russia. Fascinating.
Horatio Hornblower - Ioan Gruffudd is Horatio Hornblower. For being such a "boy" movie full of swash-buckling sea adventures, I completely loved it.
North and South - There is something very Darcy-esque about the leading man's character. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Monarch of the Glen - This is the only modern-day one on the list. But it was too good to leave off. Archie MacDonald reluctantly returns to his childhood estate to become Laird. (Hector and Kilwillie are worth it alone!)
Fortunes of War - To be fair, I have not watched this yet. But it looks right up my alley and is in my Netflix queue. I do love me some Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. I am still a little sad that those crazy kids couldn't make it work in real life.
**Edited to add**
Downton Abbey - Please come to the US. Please!
MI-5/Spooks - Modern-day spy show. Pretty excellent.
Bright Star - Love. So. Much. The romance of John Keats and Fanny Brawne is beautifully depicted. Plus, Fanny's outfits are awesome.
The Young Victoria - Victoria and Albert. Sigh. It truly is a love story for the ages. Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are amazing.
I Capture the Castle - An eccentric family in an run-down castle? Yes, please.
Gosford Park - A weekend at a country estate shows the drama upstairs and downstairs. Great ensemble cast. Where I first discovered my crush for Clive Owen.
The 39 Steps - A spy caper set in the countryside starring the pretty dashing Rupert Penry-Jones.
Howard’s End - Just recently revisited this movie after many years. I think I "get" it a lot more now than when I was a teenager. It is pretty masterful. But really, Emma Thompson can do no wrong in my eyes.
A Room with a View - Remember Daniel Day-Lewis as Cecil? Perfection.
**Edited to add**
The Remains of the Day - Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are Tour de Forces. A touching story about life and sacrifice.
Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain- A young Hugh Grant stars in this one. A pretty fun movie about a community that goes to extremely kooky lengths to keep their reputation in tact.
Miss Potter - The story of Beatrix Potter. Totally enchanting.
Cold Comfort Farm - A pure delight. A young woman finds herself living among her country relatives after her parents died.
The great thing is this list will always be growing. (Thanks BBC!) In fact, I am already looking forward to the new Sherlock series on Masterpiece Mystery starting October 24th. It's a modern take on the sleuth. Eek. So. Excited.
So how about you? Any suggestions? Did I miss anything?