Lots of people frequently ask me which period dramas are my favourites and which I recommend. So, I thought I’d share my personal top 10 period dramas (that I previously shared when I hit 10k). I’m going to post them in several parts so you don’t get an awfully long post. Hope this helps x
- Joint first: Outlander (2014-present) and Poldark (2015-present)
First off, let’s talk about Poldark. The show that boomed British period dramas after the end of Downton Abbey, Poldark exceeded all expectations showing off it’s gorgeous Cornish landscape and deep and developed characters with it’s refreshing and exciting plot. Set in Cornwall in the 18th century, I fell completely in love with Poldark as soon as it hit my screen. Episode four left me in floods of tears and I used to re-watch each episode up to five times (?!) on the week that it aired. A TV show for all the family, that will never fail to bore you. A true gem that everyone should watch and will always have a special place next to my heart!
Ross Poldark, is a British Army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall from the American revolutionary war only to find that his fiancée Elizabeth Chynoweth believed him dead and is about to marry his cousin Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family’s derelict tin mines and meets young Demelza changing his life from everything it had been before…
Poldark season 1 and 2 were shown on BBC One in the UK, PBS in the US, VisionTV in Canada and streamed in many other various countries around the globe.
Poldark season 3 is currently being filmed in Cornwall and is estimated to view in Autumn 2017.
Now, it’s Outlander time. I don’t think I can properly explain in words how much I adore Outlander. I. Love. It. So. Much.
Outlander is that kind of ‘hit or miss’ show that you either love or hate. It’s a show that isn’t for everyone, but if you like it you will truly be sucked into the Outlander universe filled with thousands of online groups on facebook, twitter, tumblr and every single other platform; Outlander fans are hardcore! But they have good reason to be, because it is like no other show you have seen before. It spans through various centuries and complex relationships, the biggest (and best) one being between Jamie and Claire. Outlander is a show that was a labour of love. With producers and creators who were fans of the books, the quality of the show shines through seen in the magnificent costumes, sets, scripts and storylines. Even the author of the books is involved in the show and has an active job that shows how faithful the show tries to be. I love this show so much and I urge everyone to watch it. You will be utterly encompassed in the Outlanderverse!
World War II-era nurse Claire Randall, time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Jamie Fraser struggling through life as an outlander an ‘sassenach’ in a land steeped in tradition, suspicions and littered with red coats.
Outlander season 1 and 2 are available through network STARZ in the US and can be streamed around the world.
Season 3 is due to air spring/ summer 2017
2. Les Misérables (2012).
In my opinion, the best movie musical of all time. It was the first time I had ever encountered people clapping at the end of a film in the cinema. I don’t know if it happens in other countries, but in the UK it definitely isn’t the norm unless it’s an outstanding film- as Les Mis was. The production, acting and singing brings the longest running stage musical to life. I grew an emotional attachment to the film after I had seen it because the whole film was executed perfectly. I never get bored of the music and the acting is so superb that I’m always convinced and can empathise with each and every character. This should be up in top 10 movies of all time if I could have it my way, but personally I think Les Misérables is the pinnacle of movie musicals.
Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.
Directed by Tom Hooper, Les Misérables is an adaptation of the 1980 musical with music composed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg based on the 1862 book of the same name by French writer Victor Hugo.
Numbers 3-10 will follow, but for now I hope you enjoyed reading!