Morning, all! So… here’s the deal. I have a ton of reviews and ideas for posts; it’s just the sitting down and writing them that is
playing havoc on my sanity right now. It’s not that I lack the time – although I do feel as if I am going C-R-A-Z-Y right now because I am letting deadlines creep up and nearly destroy what little organizational skills I thought I possessed. That being said, I love writing posts that I don’t lament over, re-write and let my perfectionist self continue tweaking to the point that I question even publishing said post. In other words, easy posts such as this are always a blast to share. favorite costume dramas 2013
That brings me to the purpose of what’s on the schedule for the day. The lovely Rebeka (who just discovered the greatness that is John Thornton – she deserves a big party for finally joining that fan club *wink*) and I were chatting the other day about costume
dramas and she requested that I write a list of which would be favorites, and here I am doing just that! Even though there are many an American film that could be coupled among favorites, this list will mainly consist of more “serious” drama from across the pond. If you are interested, read ahead to see which gems made a lasting impact on my cinematic personality – and which earned a spot on my shelf.
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Bleak House (2006)
BEST. DICKENS. ADAPTATION. EVER.
Call the Midwife
One of BBC’s most recent seasonal series, the show based on a series of memoirs starts out “rough,” I won’t fib. The premise is interesting but the execution was horrible. Fortunately, writer’s got wise and ended up balancing out the midwifery duties by expanding the medical cases to involve more than just weekly clinics and home visits to their expectant mothers. Here’s
a snippet from the season two review:
Every nuance in this series is full
of nostalgia and delights. From the costumes (pattered slacks and gorgeous full
a-line skirts) and settings to the old-fashioned phrases and language, each
installment swept me up into its genuine heart and the wonderful moments these
characters share. Every episode comes full circle; breathing new life into what
otherwise may have been a dull series that focused more on being a biopic than
adding heart and emotion to every corner of its storytelling.
Is anyone really surprised this would make me list? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Since I’ve sufficiently gushed over it – and am likely to do so again this fall, I won’t bore you again with ramblings that in all likelihood, you’ve all heard.
I cannot help it – this one is more satire than drama… but, it begged to make it onto this list. Quirky is the only way I know how to describe it and even that may not be saying enough.
Penned by well-known author Charles Dickens, each time I watch an adaptation of this, I think it grow on me. Its
dark underpinnings are also one of its strength as it grows into an impressive story of one heroes journey of self-discovery. Conflicted which version I like best – it’s down to the 2011 BBC adaptation or the more recent version that made the rounds at film festivals.
Sweet continuity that aired for four seasons about two hamlets – the common folk in Lark Rise and the more prosperous
Candleford. Not only did it coin one of the most unforgettable phrases, it also featured a lovely cast of characters and some brilliant British talent!
Beautiful! There isn’t much more to be said regarding this miniseries. With an all-star cast, a smoldering hero and a look at 1800’s politics as related to the working class, North & South is perfectly unforgettable – and worth watching for its ending alone.
If I shared my first impressions reaction to the first season of The Paradise with friends, it wouldn’t have been glowing. Needless to say that changed by the time BBC’s first season of this gem was complete.
Jane Austen has plenty of wonderful stories, and this is one of them. While still not quite “right,” judging from a cinematic perspective, the Sally Hawkins/Rupert Penry-Jones version is the best yet. Now if only that whole bit involving Anne running through the streets of Bath had been scrapped, it’d have been nearly perfect.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
There is a “great debate” over which version of Austen’s timeless tale of sisters and tragic love is best. I am on the ITV 2008 miniseries team. While the big-screen adaptation (from the 90’s) boasts some lovely merits, it didn’t quite capture my ideal Edward nor did it suit the needs of its character’s by who it cast in the respective roles.
Victoria & Albert
Of all the historic biopics that chronicle the life of a past monarch, I think it’s safe to say, this is the most beloved I own. It’s a bit outdated but the story is timeless.
Wives & Daughters
Based on North & South’s literary author, Elizabeth Gaskell, this is another sweet British drama. Plus it stars Anthony Howell of Foyle’s War fame – he makes a pretty awesome love interest for the kind-hearted Molly Gibson. Just sayin’.
The Young Victoria
…and the comments section is now open to you… Tell me, what costume dramas rank among your favorites?