I’m back for part two!
3. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008 mini-series)
Probably one of the most heartbreaking and tragic period drama out there, I was in floods of tears after watching this 2008 mini-series adaptation of one of Hardy’s most famous novels. I was blown away by the performances and was pleasantly surprised to see Gemma Arterton capturing Tess: complete with a Wessex accent and all. She was able to encompass Tess’s strength and vulnerability throughout the series so you could really empathise with her throughout. Of course not everyone loves this adaptation, but I thought it was amazing from the landscapes, cinematic direction and the way that they transformed the book and made it so interesting to watch. I was absolutely hooked so I urge you to watch it and get your tissues ready!
Tess of the D’Urbeyfields was shown on the BBC in 2008 and is now available to buy on DVD in most countries.
4) North and South (2004 mini-series)
One of the most highly rated period dramas, North and South is an outstanding mini-series that is under-rated by mainstream media but heartily adored by fans. Elizabeth Gaskell’s Victorian tale of love, work and home is beautifully adapted in this stunning show. It is a perfect combination of romance and reality set in the midst of the industrial revolution and I’d give it 10/10 for everything about the show. I filmed a whole video about this adaptation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvNSydQpPZg) so go and give it a watch!
North and South was shown on the BBC in 2004 and is now available to buy on DVD in most countries.
5) Pride and Prejudice (2005 film)
Arguably the most famous and most- watched period dramas of all time, we have ALL watched this movie whether at school or at home, for education or just for fun. The film has now become a cinematic classic that we all know and love for its amazing cast, cinematography, soundtrack and timeless story. Although not perfect, I think they did a good job of squeezing Austen’s loved story into a two hour movie and the film’s strengths shouldn’t be overlooked. There is so so much to be loved in this adaptation and it brought period dramas back into the mainstream light for everyone to enjoy.
Pride and Prejudice is a 2005 film directed by Joe Wright based on Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name. The film is available worldwide on DVD and online.
That’s it for today! More posts to come xx