Sometimes I get tired of watching the same old shows and want something other than animated talking animals, superheroes, and trending sitcoms. I normally stock up on Musicals during this time of year but I just wasn’t feeling it this time around. So began my marathon viewing of British Period dramas.
The Beauty & Heart of British Period Dramas
British Period Dramas are romantic stories that are set in old England where there are gentlemen with hats, ladies with done-up hair and empire gowns, candlelit card parties, and high society balls. People travel by horse-drawn carriages. Speech is polite but most of the upper class have nothing better to do than gossip and play matchmakers to others who they hope can “marry well.” They’re basically chic flicks with a lot of talking and lavish sets. Most of the time I needed the subtitles on as people either whisper a lot or have extremely heavy accents but I love them 🙂
British Period Dramas: TV Series
The Paradise – A small-town girl begins working at the first department store. Join the ambitious but sweet-talking owner, his possessive fiancée, the mysterious advisor, and the staunch department head as they cope with this girl turns all their lives upside-down. Only the first season is available on Netflix but I’m content with how the story was wrapped up in the last episode. I’ve seen mixed reviews about season two so I’d rather leave off on a “happy ending” point.
Wives & Daughters – Molly is good-natured and clever but things are anything but easy when her father remarries. This is a mini-series with four episodes. Molly reminds me so much of my daughter with her wild hair, aloofness, and interest in drawing and bugs.
British Period Dramas: Movies
Sense & Sensibility – Widowed mother and her three girls have lost practically everything. Will the family ever be able to recover in the society that now looks down on them? Strange that I like a movie with Hugh Grant but this is such a sweet story I can’t help it.
Emma – Well-to-do and beautiful Emma Woodhouse can’t help but busy herself with those less fortunate than her. It doesn’t always turn out how she imagines it when affections go in unexpected directions. The costumes and hair are fantastic in this film. Sure, Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have the best English accent but I like how manages to be quite likable.
You don’t have to just take my word for it that these are enjoyable to watch. As a Netflix Stream Team member, I was given two Netflix Streaming 1-year subscription to gift to others. So, I decided to give one to a family or friend and one here on the blog. Enter below!
I received a year subscription of Netflix and a device to stream the content as part of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are my own.