Monday, February 21st, 2011

After 'Downton Abbey': 10 British Costume Dramas on Netflix Instant

10. Middlemarch

9. The Way We Live Now

8. The Buccaneers

7. Bleak House (2005)

6. Wives and Daughters

5. Daniel Deronda

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The 1980s Jeremy Brett Granada Television version)

3. A Room With A View/Howards End (watch them as a pair, please)

2. Jude

1. North & South

Bonus: Cool as Ice.

Phoebe Connelly would appreciate it if Netflix made Brideshead Revisited (1981) insta-watch.

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keisertroll (#1,117)

My favorite British costume drama? "Teletubbies".

artnova (#10,008)

You forgot to mention part one of the Poldark series.

akd (#751)

While it is not insta-watchable, I would highly recommend the 2008 Masterpiece version of "Sense and Sensibility" to any Downton fans because: SURPRISE! MATTHEW CRAWLEY PLAYS EDWARD!!!

Moff (#28)

I have watched two of these in the past month or so. In case anyone wants my opinion on Wives & Daughters and Daniel Deronda. Sigh.


LivAnna (#9,649)

Loved Wives & Daughters, and love ALL of Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes episodes. Will have to check out these recommendations, thanks Hairpin!

Tully Mills (#6,486)

I was about to throw a fit about the lack of Cranford on this list but then I remembered Netflix has to mail that one.

HiredGoons (#603)


(Bleak House!)

Also all 12 (only 12!) episodes of Fawlty Towers.

#56 (#56)

Let's start a petition for Brides Head (81). I could watch it forever and it's forever long. It may be longer than the novel.

Ah, Brideshead Revisited … also known as The Greatest Television Show in History.

Of course it was long. That's because it was EPIC!!

migraineheadache (#1,866)

I thought He Knew He Was Right was alright.

North & South was perhaps my favorite netflix discovery ever.

Spirochete (#1,123)

YES North & South. It is so good. So is the book, by the way. In fact, all these are also very worthwhile books.

abbyjean (#508)

this listicle = doing the lord's work. THANK YOU.

LondonLee (#922)

Does Footballer's Wives count as a costume drama?

! These will get me through until warmer times

kate r. (#8,364)

"Lark Rise to Candleford" is all on youtube.

It's by no means as masterful as Downton Abbey, but it's got some nice class-friction-at-turn-of-the-19th-century-rural-England action. It takes a while to get going but by the 3rd episode of the 1st season I was sucked in pretty thoroughly.

Vulpes (#946)

I'm addicted to "Lark Rise to Candleford," even though I find most of the characters intensely annoying and unlikeable. I guess I'm just a sucker for Julia Sawalha in period dress. I mean, it's Saffy! And she's a postmistress!

Also, Brendan Coyle (also in Downton Abbey!) is a bit of gruff Daddy alright.

Something else to look forward to watching: Downton Abbey Season 2.

"The second season of "Downton Abbey" is scheduled to begin production in March and air on PBS in winter 2012."

EnchiladaTaco (#10,037)

Um, I loved The Buccaneers because it had James Frain as the Duke of Marlborough stand-in. ILU JAMES FRAIN.

Warning: "Jude" is ultimately a horrifyingly depressing story. I mean, I love Thomas Hardy and everything, but … well, you may want to skip that one.

Cyd Cochise (#8,131)

No, Julian Fellowes was an essential ingredient that made Downton so special. Upstairs Downstairs is the only other one that compares.

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