Essential TV Costume Drama

Series such as Jane Eyre (1983) and The Forsyte Saga (2002) probably should be here but as yet I have not seen them.
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1.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
 
2.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend. (301 mins.)
 
3.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system. (510 mins.)
 
4.
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is... (385 mins.)
 
5.
Our Mutual Friend (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London. (350 mins.)
 
6.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (235 mins.)
 
7.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father... (30 mins.)
 
8.
Emma (2009 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home... (240 mins.)
 
9.
The Forsyte Saga (1967 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England... (50 mins.)
 
10.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
 
11.
Middlemarch (1994 Mini-Series)
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This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life... (375 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
12.
Daniel Deronda (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. (210 mins.)
 
13.
Sense & Sensibility (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance... (59 mins.)
 
14.
Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne... (93 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
 
15.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded...
 
16.
Vanity Fair (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure... (50 mins.)
 
17.
Jane Eyre (1997 TV Movie)
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Charlotte Bronte's classic novel is filmed yet again. The story of the Yorkshire orphan who becomes... (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Young
 
18.
Crime and Punishment (2002 TV Movie)
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(200 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
19.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
20.
Emma (1996 TV Movie)
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While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love. (107 mins.)
 
21.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman... (159 mins.)
 
22.
Mansfield Park (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Impoverished Fanny Price is sent to live with her more affluent uncle and aunt. The arrival of new neighbors brings a chance for romance to Fanny and her cousins. (261 mins.)