Downton Abbey will end next Sunday but the hours spent with our friends across the pond does not have to end.
Here are a few recommendations I have recorded to my Tivo (from Masterpiece Theater) or own on DVD that keep me jolly all the year round.
Call the Midwife
I watched Call the Midwife this fall. It is sweet and gritty and compassionate.
You will fall in love with Chummy, I am sure, as Melinda and I did!
The person who chose the music did a jolly good job!
Upstairs Downstairs (2011)
I watched this new production of Upstairs Downstairs this fall too.
This one is interesting. Not as genteel as the others. It's kind of dark.
But it is classic BBC.
For a while Cranford was recommended to me. I kept catching it on public television in the middle somewhere. It was hard to jump in and care about the characters like that.
This delightful series needs to be watched from the beginning, listened to carefully. The quiet lives lived in Cranford are sweet and silly and old fashioned.
I watched it this fall and have watched it twice or three times thru already. (Saved it to my Tivo)
You can see quite a bit of Cranford on Youtube. Here is the beginning...
Return to Cranford (2009)
While not as perfect as Cranford, this one is fun to watch too!
And look! It's Mary!
By the way, you will have fun seeing the cast of Downton Abbey here and there in many of these shows.
Larkrise to Candleford
This one I am just now watching on Saturday nights. Sadly I have not seen all of them, I don't think. I need to look for episode one.
Bates is in this one and I am looking forward to it each week. He is very proud.
This centers around the people who live in the village. The working folk; farmers, masons, clock makers, postal workers.
Jane Eyre (2006)
with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stevens
Guess who Toby Stevens mother is?
Dame Maggie Smith!!!
My very favorite Jane Eyre. Beautiful. Passionate. Wonderful
with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones
I didn't like Persuasion the first time I saw it. It was with different actors. But his one...I have watched 15 times at least. It is recorded on my Tivo and go to it over and over. The story unwraps like no other.
Ann's father makes Lord Grantham look wise and prudent.
Captain Wentworth. Oh, Captain Wentworth.
This movie ends in the most perfect way. I am smitten with it.
"Nothing can persuade me otherwise."
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle
My first love.
This is simply the best.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Emma, Kate and Hugh
So. so. good.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam
This is a silly romp and is pretty to look at.
Little Dorrit (2008)
This gritty and grimy and woe is me.
It is Dickens afterall.
I got caught up in the story and watched the whole thing on PBS last summer.
If you like Dickens, you will like it!
The next few I will list...I have seen them perhaps twice but do not remember them very well.
They are highly regarded. I remember liking them.
North and South
Wives and Daughters
Mansfield Park (liked a lot)
The Young Victoria (very fine)
The Duchess (this will break your heart)
Miss Potter (very good)
Enchanted April (very good)
Tea with Mussolini (loved this)
The Vicor of Dibley (hilarious)
I know these movies will make you happy.
They will keep you busy for a while.
I adore them.
Encourage one another,