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1. Vanity Fair (2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Stars: Michael Palin, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman, Johnny Flynn

Votes: 2,941

2. 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: 3,457

3. 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: 3,019

4. The Woman in White (2018– )

60 min | Drama

A bold new adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic gothic novel.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Olivia Vinall, Dougray Scott, Art Malik

Votes: 1,235

5. Ordeal by Innocence (2018)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.

Stars: Morven Christie, Anthony Boyle, Christian Cooke, Bill Nighy

Votes: 6,134

6. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 151,386

7. Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis

Votes: 13,328

8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)

159 min | Drama

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves, Sarah Badel

Votes: 2,399

9. Berkeley Square (1998– )

50 min | Drama

Three young women from very different backgrounds meet, become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London's exclusive Berkeley Square.

Stars: Victoria Smurfit, Clare Wilkie, Tabitha Wady, Hermione Norris

Votes: 1,024

10. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

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.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 8,124

11. Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)

53 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Sarah Lancashire, Julia Sawalha, Fergus Drysdale

Votes: 6,080

12. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 28,247

13. 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: 6,381

14. Upstairs Downstairs (2010–2012)

60 min | Drama

A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Adrian Scarborough, Neil Jackson

Votes: 5,202

15. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 9,922

16. The Crimson Field (2014)

60 min | Drama, War

During the First World War, Kitty Trevelyan tries to put the past troubles behind her as she joins two other girls to volunteer at one of the busy war hospitals in northern France.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Oona Chaplin, Richard Rankin, Marianne Oldham

Votes: 2,606

17. Land Girls (2009–2011)

225 min | Drama

Follow the lives, loves and highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.

Stars: Becci Gemmell, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton, Mykola Allen

Votes: 2,278

18. The Durrells in Corfu (2016–2019)

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 6,054

19. Doctor Thorne (2016– )

TV-G | 48 min | Drama

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Harry Richardson, Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Rebecca Front

Votes: 3,279

20. South Riding (2011)

Drama

In 1930s Yorkshire, a spirited new headmistress brings inspiration and modern ideas to an all girls' school and shakes up the more conservative-minded residents of South Riding.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey, Penelope Wilton, Katherine McGolpin

Votes: 1,348

21. The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003 TV Movie)

196 min | Drama

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May, James Purefoy

Votes: 1,227

22. 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: 15,311

23. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama, History, Romance

65 Metascore

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson

Votes: 27,100

24. Jamestown (2017–2019)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, History

A drama about English settlers in America in 1617.

Stars: Naomi Battrick, Max Beesley, Claire Cox, Patsy Ferran

Votes: 3,061

25. Harlots (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama

Brothel owner Margaret Wells struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.

Stars: Lesley Manville, Kate Fleetwood, Holli Dempsey, Eloise Smyth

Votes: 5,573

26. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,211

27. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 18,561

28. The House of Eliott (1991–1994)

50 min | Drama

Two sisters Beatrice (Bee) and Evangeline (Evie) hit rock bottom when their father passes away leaving them in debt. Uneducated they strive hard to find jobs deemed worthy of their new ... See full summary »

Stars: Stella Gonet, Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett, Cathy Murphy

Votes: 997

29. 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: 978

30. Aristocrats (1999– )

TV-14 | 300 min | Drama, History

18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers.

Stars: Siân Phillips, Alun Armstrong, Ben Daniels, Serena Gordon

Votes: 1,368

31. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 10,118

32. Grantchester (2014– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, Kacey Ainsworth

Votes: 8,738

33. Ophelia (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

A re-imagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.

Director: Claire McCarthy | Stars: George MacKay, Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen

Votes: 5,412 | Gross: $0.05M

34. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 32,774 | Gross: $16.47M

35. When Calls the Heart (2014– )

TV-G | 43 min | Drama, Romance

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.

Stars: Erin Krakow, Martin Cummins, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner

Votes: 8,582

36. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 148,228 | Gross: $34.37M

37. The Black Book (2018)

113 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the twilight of the eighteenth century, the adventures of a singular pair formed by a small orphan of mysterious origins and his young Italian mistress, of equally uncertain birth.

Director: Valeria Sarmiento | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam

Votes: 88

38. Lady J (2018)

TV-14 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

Fooled by a notorious libertine, a widow plans her revenge.

Director: Emmanuel Mouret | Stars: Cécile de France, Edouard Baer, Alice Isaaz, Natalia Dontcheva

Votes: 1,785

39. Sunset (2018)

R | 142 min | Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Susanne Wuest, Vlad Ivanov, Marcin Czarnik, Björn Freiberg

Votes: 2,971 | Gross: $0.16M

40. The Knick (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Stars: Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance

Votes: 41,112

41. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is murdered in 19th century Melbourne. The investigation uncovers a trail of secrets and scandal.

Director: Shawn Seet | Stars: John Waters, Marco Chiappi, Shane Jacobson, Jessica De Gouw

Votes: 279

42. Home Fires (2015–2016)

45 min | Drama, War

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

Stars: Clare Calbraith, Brian Fletcher, Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell

Votes: 2,806

43. Indian Summers (2015–2016)

TV-14 | Drama, History

Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Stars: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Julie Walters, Rick Warden

Votes: 3,365

44. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 12,283

45. Miss Scarlet and the Duke

Crime, Drama | Filming

Eliza Scarlet joins forces with a Scotland Yard Inspector to solve crime in 19th century London.

Stars: Ansu Kabia, Stuart Martin, Danny Midwinter, Kate Phillips

46. Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears (2020)

101 min | Adventure, Mystery

After freeing a young girl from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne Fisher begins to unravel a mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin's forgotten tribe.

Director: Tony Tilse | Stars: Essie Davis, Ashleigh Cummings, Rupert Penry-Jones, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 56

47. Dracula (2020– )

TV-14 | 270 min | Drama, Horror

In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.

Stars: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark, Jonathan Aris

Votes: 32,675

48. Beecham House (2019)

Drama