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I saw an interesting period drama at Barnes & Noble last week.  I can't remember the name but it was older and I think it was Masterpiece.  Don't  know if it was BBC. 

My mom is mostly house bound in another state helping to care for her mother.  Last year I sent her a couple period DVD series "Lark Rise to Candleford"  and something else I can't recall.  She has Downton and Poldark.  She likes the BBC pride and prejudice.  She did not like Mr Selfridge and wouldn't want anything too dark and depressing.

Any recommendations?  I searched Barnes & Noble's website and can't seem to find the series I saw.  I will check the store the next time I'm there, but with my luck, I won't find it.  Why didn't I take a photo??

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8 minutes ago, gardenmom5 said:

North and South

Love this one and she has it.  Something like this though.

I'll look into the others.  We haven't gotten into the British Royalty stuff.  It seems racier than she would like

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8 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

I think she also has Cranford.  It sounds familiar.

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There's another one about the founding of one of the first British department stores, but from the perspective of a young woman working in the lady's department.  She ends up having a lot of innovative ideas and comes to the attention, then becomes the love interest of, the owner.  Can't remember what it's called but I liked it better than Mr. Selfridge.  Anyone remember the name?

 

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27 minutes ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:

There's another one about the founding of one of the first British department stores, but from the perspective of a young woman working in the lady's department.  She ends up having a lot of innovative ideas and comes to the attention, then becomes the love interest of, the owner.  Can't remember what it's called but I liked it better than Mr. Selfridge.  Anyone remember the name?

 

She has seen that.  I remember hearing all about it and saw part of an episode.   I don't recall the name either.  She also liked it better than Selfridge.  I think they aired at the same time in the US.

Probably my best bet is to go for something a bit older that she may not have seen.  She's been watching many of the new ones.

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One of my all-time favorites is A Town Like Alice.  I'm talking about the 1981 version, which is hard to find.  Although, I see it's available on Etsy and eBay.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081949/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Another favorite of ours is the BBC Little Dorrit series (2008).

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178522/

A kind of random one that we liked was The Flame Trees of Thika.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080215/

 

 

 

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The recommendations so far are excellent.
A quick way to get more is to find online lists people have assembled.
Here, for example, is a list of 1010 fantastic period movies:
https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/101-fantastic-period-movies-youre-gonna-want-to-binge-watch.html

I've seen most of these & totally agree with her descriptions.
This is a great gift for your Mom!

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1 hour ago, J-rap said:

One of my all-time favorites is A Town Like Alice.  I'm talking about the 1981 version, which is hard to find.  Although, I see it's available on Etsy and eBay.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081949/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Another favorite of ours is the BBC Little Dorrit series (2008).

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178522/

A kind of random one that we liked was The Flame Trees of Thika.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080215/

 

Wow!  And here I thought my mom and I were the only people on the planet to have seen A Town Like Alice!  It's a great book and mini-series.  

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1 hour ago, PrincessMommy said:

Martin Chuzzlewhit

Our Mutual Friend

sorry - hit the reply button by accident

Bleak House - a little dark but still wonderful 

Enchanted April My favorite movie ever

Cold Comfort Farm

Far From the Madding Crowd

 

Me too!! ❤️

The Way We Live Now - this one is fun as it has a young Matthew McFayden playing a n'er do well older brother and it has David Suchet!

Middlemarch

Wives and Daughters

Daniel Deronda

The Forsyte Saga

Berkeley Square

The Duchess of Duke Street

The Pallisers - I haven't seen this one but want to!

 

 

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5 minutes ago, alisoncooks said:

My high school English teacher loved this movie. We watched it (more than once) in class on "free" days...

I cannot say how much that movie means to me.  (It's a big tub of love! )  I try to watch it every winter when I'm feeling blue.  The book is very good too, and it's probably one of only a few times where the movie is better IMHO.   

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Does anyone know if any of these older Masterpiece Theater series are available on AcornTV or other platforms?  I'd rather save the space and watch it via streaming services than get the DVD.    

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7 hours ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:

There's another one about the founding of one of the first British department stores, but from the perspective of a young woman working in the lady's department.  She ends up having a lot of innovative ideas and comes to the attention, then becomes the love interest of, the owner.  Can't remember what it's called but I liked it better than Mr. Selfridge.  Anyone remember the name?

 

The Paradise?

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3 hours ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:

 

Wow!  And here I thought my mom and I were the only people on the planet to have seen A Town Like Alice!  It's a great book and mini-series.  

I just love that one!  I'm always surprised that so few people have heard of it because it's so good.   (Filming is a little dated, but other than that...  :))   I haven't read the book though.   I've also watched the older black and white film version -- from the 50's I think.  (Which is pretty good, but the 1981 version is better.)

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Oh, you all have given me some great new movies to watch! (And I am not the OP.) Good winter pastimes, so thanks!

OP, it is mentioned above, but Elizabeth Gaskill's Wives and Daughters (on the DVD I mentioned above) is really good. 

Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is good as well.

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21 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

Oh, you all have given me some great new movies to watch! (And I am not the OP.) Good winter pastimes, so thanks!

OP, it is mentioned above, but Elizabeth Gaskill's Wives and Daughters (on the DVD I mentioned above) is really good. 

Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is good as well.

Yes, I'll look for Wibes and Daughter because we do really like North and South and I remember her mentioning Cranford. 

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2 hours ago, Mothersweets said:

Me too!! ❤️

The Way We Live Now - this one is fun as it has a young Matthew McFayden playing a n'er do well older brother and it has David Suchet!

Middlemarch

Wives and Daughters

Daniel Deronda

The Forsyte Saga

Berkeley Square

The Duchess of Duke Street

The Pallisers - I haven't seen this one but want to!

 

 

She liked Forsyte but it's dreary to me and I don't want to get her anything depressing.  I think I recall Middlemarch and Berkeley but I'll look into the other.  Thank you!

 

5 hours ago, J-rap said:

One of my all-time favorites is A Town Like Alice.  I'm talking about the 1981 version, which is hard to find.  Although, I see it's available on Etsy and eBay.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081949/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Another favorite of ours is the BBC Little Dorrit series (2008).

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178522/

A kind of random one that we liked was The Flame Trees of Thika.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080215/

 

 

 

She likes Little Dorritt.  And this is the type I wanted to get her... something long with many episodes that she'll watch for awhile, not a 1 hr movie.  She needs things a long distraction.  I'll definitely look into the others.

 

THANKS ALL!  I have a lot of research to do, now.

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1 minute ago, parent said:

@allisoncooks and @princessmommy

I just watched a youtube clip of a Enchanted April.  Is it a remake of The Women with Norma Shearer? 

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I went back to B&N today.  I think it may have been the Duchess of Duke St that I had first seen.  At any rate, i ordered that one and Wives & Daughters (this was risky, I hope she hasn't seen it!).  I almost ordered the Pallisers but if it's anything like the old Poldark, it won't be a hit. 

She hasn't seen Duchess of Duke St.  I asked and said I would get it from the library... which wasn't a lie... I will eventually...

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