Sunday, March 7, 2010

19th Century Craze

Lots of stuff has been going on. At least, that's the excuse I'm going with for not blogging lately. :)

Due to watching BBC's new miniseries adaptation of Emma, which I hope to blog about once I finish watching it, part of Sense & Sensibility 2008 on YouTube, and trailers for a few other costume dramas (including Bright Star, which comes highly recommended from Emmy) on that same highly useful website, my sister and I are going through a BBC 19th century miniseries/movie craze! We just can't get enough! On our list to watch next, aside from finishing Sense & Sensibility and Emma ;) are:

Daniel Deronda
Little Dorrit
Nicholas Nickleby
The Diary of Anne Frank (made just last year, I believe. No, it's not set in the 19th century, but I still want to see it)
Bright Star
Our Mutual Friend
BBC's Robin Hood series

Are we missing anything really good? Please do comment with any other suggestions!


  1. Oooh, which one? I believe we have the 2006 version on video tape (my lovely grandmother tapes stuff we like) somewhere.

  2. I love the 2006 Jane Eyre! And have you seen "North and South"? If you haven't you MUST!!! And you're going to love "Cranford"! I can't wait to see "Bright Star".

  3. Bright Star is Amazing. (See blog.)

    2008 S&S is also amazing. (Again, see blog.)

  4. As a lifelong fan of BBC dramas and the nineteenth century in general, here are a few from someone with a VERY high standard:

    - I second North and South, Lady Blanche Rose. Sheer Brilliance.

    - The Barchester Chronicles. The first two episodes are admittedly a bit slow, although I now have a taste for them, but the real frolic begins in Episode Three!

    -Martin Chuzzlewit. Dickens the way it should be.

    - Bleak House, 2005 version. If I repeated the name a thousand times, I couldn't reccomend it enough. It may be the best Dickens adaption I've ever seen. Don't be put off by the strange filming style - it's a bit jarring at first, and almost turned me off, butyou do get used to it. And the story, which is a spendidly intricate mess of romance, murder, intrigue, and typically endearing Dickensian characters, is not to be missed. One caveat - it's thirteen episodes long, and one you are hooked, it's extremely difficult to stop watching. Do not view if you have anything important due soon.

    - No doubt you're already familar with many of the Austen adaptions out there.

    - AutumnRose

  5. Thank you, AutumnRose, and thanks for visiting my blog! It's good to "see" you. :D I'll definitely be putting all of those in the Netflix queue.

    I have indeed seen North & South... though I would certainly not mind watching it again. ;)

  6. I don't think anyone's mentioned "Wives and Daughters" yet. Another excellent Gaskell adaptation.

  7. Wives & Daughters is one of my favorite miniseries EVER! I love it even more than North & South. Those Hamley boys! *swoooon* And Michael Gambon... and beetle collections and oh, how I love it.

  8. I think you should come over and we can have a movie/mini-series marathon. I have A LOT of movies.

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  10. Wow, you have quite the list there. Most of them way at the top of my favorite period dramas list.

    I'd second "Bleakhouse" strongly, as well as the 2006 WGBH version of "Jane Eyre," though the latter has a few more intense/ intimate scenes.

    And I'd also recommend "Young Victoria," and, if you have not seen it (though is that at all possible?) "Ever After," which was my first period/costume film ever.

  11. Ooh, Rosemary, I love it!

    McKay - Ah, I have wanted to see The Young Victoria. Ever After was my first costume drama too. I was six years old and wanted to be Danielle. I still like to watch it now, but I admit I laugh at the prince with his tights and ruffles. Harhar. :)