Story of the Costume Drama

The series and TV movies discussed or featured in the documentary "The Story of the Costume Drama" [url]http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333054/[/url]
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1.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955 TV Series)
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A long-running series of adventures featuring Robin of Loxley - Robin Hood - and his group of Sherwood-Forest-based freedom fighters... (30 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
2.
The Forsyte Saga (1967 Mini-Series)
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England... (50 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
3.
Vanity Fair (1967 Mini-Series)
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(50 mins.)
 
4.
Pride and Prejudice (1967 TV Series)
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(25 mins.)
 
5.
A Family at War (1970 TV Series)
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How the events of WW 2 affected various members of a lower middle class family in Liverpool, the emphasis being on life on the home front. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 TV Series)
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff. (60 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
7.
Elizabeth R (1971 Mini-Series)
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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement. (85 mins.)
“ Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
8.
Arthur of the Britons (1972 TV Series)
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This series strips away the elaborate medieval view of Camelot, and presents Arthur as the chief of a small Celt tribe in Dark-Ages Britain... (30 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
9.
Colditz (1972 TV Series)
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This grim and claustrophobic drama chronicles the lives of the prisoners in Colditz Castle from the... (50 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
10.
The Brontës of Haworth (1973 Mini-Series)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Marc Miller
 
11.
Poldark (1975 TV Series)
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In 1783, Ross Poldark returns from the American wars to his native Cornwall to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life. (60 mins.)
“ Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
12.
Edward the King (1975 TV Series)
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The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the king he developed a reputation of a playboy which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist. (50 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Affairs of the Heart ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
13.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
14.
Dickens of London (1976 Mini-Series)
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Mini-series on the life of Charles Dickens, the great English author. Charles grew up in a family where his father was larger than life... (60 mins.)
 
15.
Secret Army (1977 TV Series)
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In this series, inspired by real events during World War II, the kind, intelligent and worrisome Albert Foiret runs both a café... (50 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
16.
Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978 Mini-Series)
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7x50min episodes. While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite... (350 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
17.
Hard Times (1977 Mini-Series)
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A Charles Dickins novel, a story of the progress of the time, politics, forced marriage and high born mixing with common people,trade union and low wages and working conditions, set in 1854 Victorian Britain, classic actors. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Lillie (1978 Mini-Series)
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Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many... (52 mins.)
“ Affairs of the Heart ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
19.
Dick Turpin (1979 TV Series)
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The eighteenth century, swashbuckling adventures of Britain's legendary highwayman. When he returned from military service in Flanders... (30 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
20.
Testament of Youth (1979 Mini-Series)
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Vera Brittain's world falls to pieces around her as, one by one, the young men of her circle are caught up in the Great War. (275 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
21.
Pride and Prejudice (1980 Mini-Series)
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While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy. (265 mins.)
 
22.
Brideshead Revisited (1981 Mini-Series)
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An aristocratic English family is shown in the years between the Great War and The Second World War... (659 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
23.
Tenko (1981 TV Series)
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WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life. (50 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
24.
The Jewel in the Crown (1984 Mini-Series)
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The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end... (778 mins.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Affairs of the Heart ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
25.
Robin Hood (1984 TV Series)
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A forest mystical being appoints two men in succession as the legendary outlaw defender of the oppressed. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Lost Empires (1986 Mini-Series)
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from Lost Empires novel re;eased in conjunction with original telecast "In 1913 young Richard Herncastle... (420 mins.)
Director: Alan Grint
 
27.
The Monocled Mutineer (1986 Mini-Series)
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(310 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
28.
Piece of Cake (1988 Mini-Series)
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Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II. (312 mins.)
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
29.
Troubles (1988 Mini-Series)
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A grand hotel fallen into decay, two women with secrets and a dangerous political situation about to boil over... (208 mins.)
 
30.
The Fifteen Streets (1989 TV Movie)
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In northern England around 1900, the worker John O'Brien lives near poverty in a small house in the worker's district... (104 mins.)
Director: David Wheatley
“ The Stars
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
31.
Lady Chatterley (1993 Mini-Series)
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Lady Constance Chatterley is married to the handicapped Sir Clifford Chatterley, who was wounded in the First World War... (205 mins.)
 
32.
Sharpe's Rifles (1993 TV Movie)
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In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company. (102 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
“ Sharpe Series 1993-onwards
The Stars
A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
33.
The Cinder Path (1994 Mini-Series)
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Tale of a farmer's son who gets involved with two sisters, then goes to fight in the trenches in WW1. (145 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
34.
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
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
35.
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.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
The Stars
Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
36.
The Gambling Man (1995 Mini-Series)
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A rent collector in Victorian Tyneside tries to better himself. He finds navigating class prejudices and family obstacles difficult... (149 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
37.
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996 TV Movie)
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In her filthy cell in Newgate prison Moll Flanders, dubbed 'the wickedest woman in England' tells her story... (54 mins.)
Director: David Attwood
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
The Stars
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
38.
Emma (1996 TV Movie)
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Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend... (107 mins.)
 
39.
Mrs Brown (1997)
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Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown... (105 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
40.
The Moth (1997 TV Movie)
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Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard... (152 mins.)
Director: Roy Battersby
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
41.
Vanity Fair (1998 Mini-Series)
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure... (50 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
42.
Wuthering Heights (1998 TV Movie)
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Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his step sister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation. (113 mins.)
Director: David Skynner
 
43.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998 TV Movie)
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Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications. (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
“ Horatio Hornblower Series 1998-2003
The Stars
Picture Perfect
A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
44.
Doctor Zhivago (2002 Mini-Series)
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Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives... (226 mins.)
“ The Stars
Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect
A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
45.
Tipping the Velvet (2002 Mini-Series)
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Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley. (177 mins.)
 
46.
Warrior Queen (2003)
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Boudica, the Warrior Queen on Britain, leads her tribe into rebellion against the Roman Empire and the mad Emperor of Rome Nero. (98 mins.)
Director: Bill Anderson
“ A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
47.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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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. (58 mins.)
“ Affairs of the Heart ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
48.
Bleak House (2005 Mini-Series)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system (510 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
49.
Casanova (2005 Mini-Series)
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After a life spent seeking pleasure and decadence, Casanova seeks his one true love, Henriette. (174 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
50.
Elizabeth I (2005 Mini-Series)
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (223 mins.)
“ The Stars
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
51.
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.)
“ Greatest Stories Ever Told
Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
52.
My Boy Jack (2007 TV Movie)
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Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I. (95 mins.)
Director: Brian Kirk
“ The Stars
A Call to Arms ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
53.
The History of Mr Polly (2007 TV Movie)
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In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop... (120 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
54.
Fanny Hill (2007 Mini-Series)
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Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther... (60 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
“ Affairs of the Heart ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
55.
Mansfield Park (2007 TV Movie)
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At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram... (120 mins.)
“ The Stars ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
56.
Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
“ Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
57.
Sense & Sensibility (2008 Mini-Series)
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Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance... (59 mins.)
“ Affairs of the Heart
Picture Perfect ” - TuppenceBeresford
 
58.
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 TV Series)
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An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. (53 mins.)
 
59.
The Story of the Costume Drama (2008 TV Series)
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This documentary series looks at the enduring appeal of the British costume drama genre, and features clips and interviews with both the stars and those who worked behind the camera. (60 mins.)