Period Dramas to make you drool!

Olivia Bennet

Let’s be honest here, we all love a good drama.

Both on and off the screen, most of us can spend hours upon hours watching Gossip Girl or reading sappy teen novels.

There’s no shame in admitting that you are a drama queen darling. At one point or another, we all get a little carried away. The truth of the matter is, we get bored. Everyday life catches up to us, reality troubles catch up to us and we get bored.

And that, people, is why we love drama.

Drama is stimulating, it takes our minds off our normal routines and gives us something to think about, something interesting and exciting and outside what we are normal used to. And we do love a distraction!


Good! Nice to see that we are on the same page!Now, is bout time I introduced our special guest of the day.Make way for the infamous Georgian Era.

And what an interesting era it was! Filled to the brim with drama, I’m telling you! We have all read the history books and the novels. And what’s even better, we can now watch too!

There are many notable productions that will take you all the way back to the early Georgian and Regency Era with the elaborate frocks and the impressive mansions but also the Regency Era of scandals and overwhelming drama.

Let’s take a look at a few Period dramas to add to your watch list!

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

(Not the one with the Zombies…Please stay away from the one with the Zombies…)I am positive that there is not one person on this planet who hasn’t heard of this overwhelming tale of love and war between the dashing Mr. Darcy and the opinionated Elizabeth Bennet.

With five different film adaptations (let’s be honest, we all love Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 mini-series adaptation), this Period classic is a must watch for every self-respecting historical romance enthusiast!

Little Dorrit (2008)

The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long-term inmate of Marshalsea debtors’ prison in London. Amy and her family’s world is transformed when her boss’s son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family’s mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

With breathtaking cinematography, a great story, parts of which could have been ripped from recent financial headlines, almost flawless script, cast and direction from beginning to end, this BBC adaptation of the Dickens classic is a must watch!

Emma (2009)

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father whom she cares for, friends and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma herself. But is Emma so focused on Harriet’s happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love?

Very well done in terms of acting, script and direction, this mini-series has perfectly captured the breathtaking scenery and the gorgeous colorful costumes.

North and South (2004)

It follows the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman from southern England who has to move to the North after her father decides to leave the clergy. The family struggles to adjust itself to the industrial town’s customs, especially after meeting the Thorntons, a proud family of cotton mill owners who seem to despise their social inferiors. The story explores the issues of class and gender, as Margaret’s sympathy for the town mill workers clashes with her growing attraction to John Thornton.

With an excellent cast, historically accurate and visually breathtaking, this mini-series is a must watch and one of the best BBC adaptations!

Also…did you see Richard Armitage in those clothes?!

Wuthering Heights (1992)

And now, let us present the flagship of Period romances.

The one and only!

The breathtaking!

Emily Bronte’s crown jewel!

The infamous Wuthering Heights!

This riveting film follows the story of a poor boy of unknown origins who is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.

Captivating, intense and oozing drama, this is a tale of vengeance and woe!

Oh dear, Ralph Fiennes, I knew you had magic in you but this is something else!

Becoming Jane (2007)

With Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy as the leading actors, this biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman has just the right amount of intrigue, romance and drama to keep you entertained on a Saturday night!

To the Ends of the Earth (2005)

In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Luscious photography, gorgeous scenery and settings, sumptuous costumes and phenomenal acting, with a period detail so evocative you feel you are there living the moment.

Also…Sam Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same production?

Need I say more?!

Bright Star (2009)

From Academy Award winning writer/director Jane Campion comes an extraordinary film based on the true story of undying love between renowned poet John Keats and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne. In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer—even as fate conspires to tear them apart!

David Copperfield (1999)

The classic David Copperfield was not just Charles Dickens’ favorite work. It has been the most popular of his books since it was first published 150 years ago.

With a cast the includes cinema legends Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Nicholas Lyndhurst, but also a young Daniel Radcliffe, this sparkling autobiographical adaptation often echoes the life of the author himself, while following the lives of a bunch of colorful and extraordinary individuals!

Jane Eyre (2009)

A classic if there ever was one, the TV adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, follows the life of a young woman who becomes governess to the ward of Mr. Rochester, a brooding and enigmatic man with a terrible past.

With Ruth Wilson as a delightful and intriguing Jane, and Toby Stephens as an utterly fantastic and ruggedly handsome Mr. Rochester, this compelling series will leave you wanting more!

Of course, this genre of movies and series (and books, let’s not forget the books) doesn’t end here and has a whole lot more to offer to its faithful audience!

With more and more film adaptation set in this intriguing era of scandals, forbidden love and overwhelming hardships, it is certain that we still have a lot more to see!

And I definitely cannot wait for more!

Written by Olivia Bennet

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