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The Buccaneers (1995). Four ambitious American girls secure husbands and position in England in order to live happily ever after. But life bears little resemblance to the fairytales, and castles appear a lot less magical when you have to live in them.
Cranford (2007). Dame Judi Dench leads an all-star cast in this witty and poignant story about the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford in the 1840s.
The Forsyte Saga (starring Damian Lewis, pre-Homeland). Based on John Galsworthy’s novel of the same name, The Forsyte Saga chronicles the lives of an English family over 34 years from the Victorian era through World War I.
Ladies in Lavender (2005, starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith). Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care.
The Manners of Downton Abbey (2015, PBS). This one-hour documentary ushers you into the world of Edwardian manners with host Alastair Bruce, historian, expert on royal ceremony and custom, and the historical advisor to the hit drama series.
Northanger Abbey (2008). Intrigue, adventure, and romance fill this enchanting dramatization of Jane Austen’s last novel.
Rebecca (1997, PBS Masterpiece Theater). Daphne du Maurier’s tale of romance, suspense, and jealousy is brought to life in this lavish Masterpiece Theatre production.
Ripper Street (2012). In April 1889, six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer’s reign of terror might at last have run its course. But the men of H Division, the police precinct who failed to nab the killer, are not so sure.
A Room with a View (2008, PBS Masterpiece Theatre performance). This is a fresh look from writer Andrew Davies at the classic novel by E.M. Forster, about the impact of Italian sensuality and love of life on an impressionable English girl, framed poignantly by her nostalgic return to Italy after WWI.
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