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1. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Fleetwood, Corin Redgrave

Votes: 9,470 | Gross: $5.46M

2. The Shore (2011)

Not Rated | 29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The story of Joe and Paddy, whose childhood friendship is shattered by the troubles in Northern Ireland. Twenty five years later they are reunited.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Anthony Brophy, Conleth Hill, Packy Lee, Aidan McAteer

Votes: 946

3. The Virgin Queen (2005– )

237 min | Biography, Drama, History

The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart, Tom Hardy

Votes: 2,604

4. Middlemarch (1994)

375 min | Drama, History, Romance

This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 2,016

5. Arthur & George (2015)

60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle recaptures his zest for life by pursuing and challenging a notorious miscarriage of justice.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Arsher Ali, Charles Edwards, Art Malik

Votes: 995

6. The Buccaneers (1995– )

212 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino, Rya Kihlstedt

Votes: 1,980

7. American Friends (1991)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

Francis Ashby, a senior Oxford don on holiday alone in the Alps, meets holidaying American Caroline and her companion Elinor, the blossoming Irish-American girl she adopted many years ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: Bryan Pringle, Fred Pearson, Michael Palin, Alfred Molina

Votes: 574

8. Remember Me (2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The day Tom Parfitt moves from his home into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death.

Stars: Michael Palin, Mark Addy, Jodie Comer, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 1,312

9. Wives and Daughters (1999– )

TV-PG | 301 min | Drama

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.

Stars: Francesca Annis, Justine Waddell, Bill Paterson, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 6,218

10. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999– )

540 min | Adventure, Drama

During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy

Votes: 1,054

11. The Miniaturist (2017)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerily foreshadowing her fate.

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Hayley Squires, Alex Hassell

Votes: 2,572

12. The Hour (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 8,886

13. The Crimson Petal and the White (2011– )

TV-MA | 274 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 2,689

14. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 227,907 | Gross: $50.93M

15. Vanity Fair (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Votes: 19,390 | Gross: $16.14M

16. I Capture the Castle (2003)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Sophie Stuckey

Votes: 6,558 | Gross: $1.17M

17. Daniel Deronda (2002– )

210 min | Drama, History, Romance

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.

Stars: Jodhi May, Edward Fox, Amanda Root, David Bamber

Votes: 3,954

18. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 9,374 | Gross: $5.68M

19. Howards End (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 240 min | Drama, Romance

The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther

Votes: 2,788

20. Little Dorrit (2008)

420 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father (Sir Tom Courtenay), who is a long term ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 7,703

21. The Way We Live Now (2001– )

300 min | Drama, Romance

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Paloma Baeza

Votes: 2,564

22. Our Mutual Friend (1998– )

350 min | Drama

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham, David Bradley

Votes: 2,086

23. Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies, William Thomas

Votes: 1,094 | Gross: $0.30M

24. Shackleton (2002)

206 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his epic struggle to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, John Grillo, Paul Humpoletz, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 2,418

25. The Legend of 1900 (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, Music, Romance

58 Metascore

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn

Votes: 51,683 | Gross: $0.26M

26. Jekyll & Hyde (1990 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

Henry Jekyll is a troubled man. His wife died of pneumonia. He wants his sister-in-law, but her father forbids any contact, and his experiments into the dual nature of man have yielded a ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes | Stars: Michael Caine, Cheryl Ladd, Joss Ackland, Ronald Pickup

Votes: 909

27. The Duchess of Duke Street (1976–1977)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh, John Cater

Votes: 935

28. Mesmer (1994)

Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A biography of the eighteenth century Viennese physician, Franz Anton Mesmer, who used unorthodox healing practices based on his theory of "animal magnetism."

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky, Alan Rickman

Votes: 893

29. Cambridge Spies (2003)

235 min | Drama, History

The true story of a group of Cambridge University Students who are recruited to spy for the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samuel West

Votes: 1,635

30. Decline and Fall (2017)

180 min | Comedy, Drama

The series sees Paul Pennyfeather as an inoffensive divinity student at Oxford University in the 1920s, who is wrongly dismissed for indecent exposure having been made the victim of a prank by The Bollinger Club.

Stars: Matthew Beard, Jack Whitehall, Stephen Graham, Douglas Hodge

Votes: 778

31. Interlude in Prague (2017)

103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The incredible tale of Mozart's Prague years.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark

Votes: 326

32. Garrow's Law (2009–2011)

Biography, Drama

Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.

Stars: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 973

33. Pandaemonium (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Linus Roache, John Hannah, Samantha Morton, Emily Woof

Votes: 752

34. Death and Nightingales (2018– )

Drama

An epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly, Jamie Dornan, Valene Kane

Votes: 757

35. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 10,770

36. The Rotters' Club (2005)

172 min | Drama

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Stars: Geoffrey Breton, Kevin Doyle, Rebecca Front, Alice O'Connell

Votes: 173

37. Lorna Doone (2000 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

Against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, a farmer falls in love with the "queen" of the notorious Doone clan --a family that he has sworn vengeance on.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Neil Finnighan, Jack Baverstock, Trevor Cooper, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 1,670

38. Crooked House (2017)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

59 Metascore

In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 13,195

39. Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director: James Lapine | Stars: Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 4,385 | Gross: $4.08M



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