Are you looking for a romantic period drama to snuggle up in front of? If so, this blog is for you!

Click on the title of the film to watch the full adaptations on YouTube! The period dramas are ordered by writer, title and year. There are several versions of most of them, which one is your favourite? If you are looking for anything in particular, look under "labels" to the left, for "feel-good" films or a particular writer.

The past few years, I have spent many mornings under a blanket with a cup of tea in my hands, watching these beautiful romantic stories. There is something about them that just lifts my spirits and inspires me.

Perhaps this site will help enthusiatic newcomers to more easily find what they are looking for! I have often reached a point where I thought there were no more period dramas left to watch, but so far I always manage to find just one more...


11 March 2011

C.S. Forester: Hornblower

Hornblower 1998
with Ioan Gruffudd and Robert Lindsay

Here is the full series about young Horatio Hornblower, a (fictional) Royal Naval officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. Honour wit and bravery! I wish you all many hours of entertainment.

Thank you Janice for this addition to the collection, and for your lovely email! :)
// Dimsy

06 February 2011

Stephen Poliakoff: Capturing Mary

Capturing Mary 2007
with Maggie Smith and David Williams

02 February 2011

Barbara Cartland: A Ghost in Monte Carlo

A Ghost in Monte Carlo 1990
with Sarah Miles and Oliver Reed

Boris Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago 2002
with Keira Knightley and Sam Neill

Nevil Shute: A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice 1981
with Helen Morse and Bryan Brown

George Tabori: The Journey

The Journey 1959
with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner

John Webster: The Duccess Of Malfi

The Duccess Of Malfi 1972
with Eileen Atkins and Michael Bryant

Lajos Biró: A Royal Scandal

A Royal Scandal 1945
with Tallulah Bankhead and Charles Coburn

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains Of The Day

The Remains Of The Day 1993
with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson

Zdenek Mahler: Strauss Dynasty

Strauss Dynasty 1991
with Anthony Higgins and Stephen McGann

Aleksandr Pushkin: Onegin

Onegin 1999
with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler

Maggie Greenwald: Songcatcher

Songcatcher 2000
with Janet McTeer and Aidan Quinn

Choderlos de Laclos: Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)

Valmont 1989
with Colin Firth and Annete Bening

Sofia Coppola: Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette 2006
with Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman

Alessandro Baricco: Silk

Silk 2007
with Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley

Janet McTeer: The Intended

The Intended 2002
with Janet McTeer and Olympia Dukakis

Heidi Thomas: Lilies

Lilies 2007
with Catherine Tyldesley and Kerrie Hayes

Alexandra Ripley: Scarlett

Scarlett 1994
with Timothy Dalton and Joanne Whalley

Edith Warton: The Buccaneers

The Buccaneers 1995
with Carla Gugino and Alison Elliott

Anton Chekhov: The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters 1970
with Laurence Olivier and Jeanne Watts

Jean Rhys: Quartet

Quartet 1981
with Alan Bates and Maggie Smith

Richard Doddridge Blackmore: Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone 2000
with Richard Coyle and Amelia Warner

Dodie Smith: I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle 2003
with Ramola Garai and Rose Byrne

21 November 2010

James Lloyd Carr: A Month In The Country

A Month In The Country 1987
with Colin Firth and Vanessa Redgrave

If you want to know more about the story behind the film,
read a great article on it afterwards (as it does kind of tell the story) here.

11 October 2010

Ian McEwan: Atonement

Atonement 2007 
with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley

24 August 2010

Jeremy Brock: Her Majesty, Mrs Brown

Her Majesty, Mrs Brown 1997
with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly

Thanks to Carmel for recommending it!

Sarah Williams: Wallis and Edward

Wallis and Edward 2005
with Joely Richardson and Steven Campbell Moore

"This is a very sympathetic depiction of Wallis Sympson"

Thank you to Carmel - for recommending it!

Evelyn Vaughan: Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited 2005
with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews

"Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to dinner after his teddy bear Aloysius 'refuses to talk to him' unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers of the realm in Protestant England. The story is told in flashback as Charles, now an officer in the British Army, is moved with his company to an English country house that he discovers to be Brideshead, Sebastian's family home where Charles has a series of memories of his youth and young manhood, his loves, life, and a journey of faith and anguish."

Thank you again to Carmel - for recommending it!

01 August 2010

William Nicholson: Shadowlands

Shadowlands 1993
with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger

Thank you to Carmel - for recommending it!

Marcel Pagnol: Manon de Sources

This is a sequel to "Jean de Florette",
best viewed after it's predecessor! 
Enjoy! - Dimsy

Manon de Sources 1987
with Emmanuelle Béart and Yves Montand

Thank you to Carmel - for recommending it!