For my Valentine gift, my hubby bought the chick-flick I've been wanting! BBC's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters" is simply the best! Wonderful story, stellar acting and filming, accurate adaptation of the book...the best in period dramas, in my opinion. I have watched it many times, and now I own my own copy. There are very few movies that I want to watch over, but this one calls out to me!
Another BBC chick-flick period drama which ties with "Wives and Daughters" for #1 on my personal favorites list is "North and South," another adaptation of an Elizabeth Gaskell novel, contrasting England's industrial north with the slower paced country living of the south. A splendid production! The characters are unforgettable, kind of Dickens-like. If you have a criticism of this movie, do not tell me, for it has become a good friend!
Finally, BBC released not long ago a third Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation, "Cranford." All her books are early 19th century English novels, this one about a town, Cranford, in Northwest England. The charm of this movie is hard to describe. You will get caught up with the characters, fall in love with them, and find yourself weeping when they weep and laughing hilariously with them and at them at times. They are the kind of people you would love to have as neighbors or family members. I cannot tell you how good this is!
Three movies...high standard of morality, family friendly, superb productions. In today's world that's hard to come by!