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Sarah's year in England: all things British

Elizabeth Fiorito
The list author says: "Dear Sarah, I know it's late but BRITISH ARE THE BEST!"
The Tudors: The Complete Series
The Tudors: The Complete Series
"TUDOR ENGLAND It's rough and raunchy but hey!  So were the Tudors.  One of the most accurately entertaining and often disturbing accounts of that tyrant Henry the 8th and his doomed associates."
Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England's Most Passionate Queen -- and the Three Men Who Loved Her
Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England's Most Passionate Queen -- and the Three Men Who Loved Her
"This is it, THE book on Queen Elizabeth.  A historical novel with poignant, feels-like-you're-there realism.  I think I read the whole thing in a week and it's stayed with me ever since."
Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Collector's Series)
Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Collector's Series)
"I know you know this one.  I just put it on as a friendly reminder because it's BRILLIANT!"
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel
"Set during the French Revolution, one English Aristocrat takes it upon himself to rescue the doomed of Paris.  How does he get away with it?  By playing the biggest fool in Europe."
Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition)
Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition)
"I don't think you've ever seen all six dvds.  Sounds like a lot.  Trust me, you'll be crying that there's not more at the end.  This is the classic dvd adaptation of all dvd adaptations."
Pride & Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice
"ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!"
Persuasion
Persuasion
"There are two versions of this film.  Both beautiful in their own ways.  Ann is considered a spinster now, at nearly 30.  She rejected a man long ago because of her family and has regretted it ever since.  Now he's back, and he hasn't forgiven her."
Sense & Sensibility / Miss Austen Regrets
Sense & Sensibility / Miss Austen Regrets
"This is the new version of this story and it is divine. It doesn't take away from the beauty of Kate and Emma as Marianne and Elinor but it gives a different perspective.  GORGEOUS scenery and music"
Emma (2009 BBC Version)
Emma (2009 BBC Version)
"Remember when we fell asleep in the Gwenyth Paltrow one?  I don't think you'll do the same here.  I've since come to love the Gwenyth Paltrow one but this one is a delight."
Bright Star
Bright Star
"You know that John Keats is my husband.  This is the last two years of his life, in love with Fanny Brawne, a doomed love if there ever was one. It is definitely a character driven film but, I HAVE to put it on the list because he is the love of my life."
The Duke and I (Bridgerton Series, Book 1)
The Duke and I (Bridgerton Series, Book 1)
"Ok.  Throw stones if you will but this is my FAVORITE romance writer.  All of her books are during Jane Austen's time.  This one is the first in the "Bridgerton Series" and, girl, if you're just looking to kick your feet up and have a guilty pleasure -- these books (all of them) are it!"
David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics)
David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics)
"VICTORIAN ENGLAND This is my favorite book of all time.  Bar none.  Nothing else can compare to the characters, the tragedy, the triumph.  I wept.  Seriously."
Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend
"I loved this movie.  Charles Dickens always has such a rich palate of characters and this story just weaves them to such an unusually satisfying end.  Love!"
Little Dorrit (2008)
Little Dorrit (2008)
"Charles Dickens again! Such an interesting look at Victorian life and debtors prison.  Hugely romantic and one of my favorites!"
North and South (BBC)
North and South (BBC)
"You haven't met Mr. Thornton yet!!  Ahh!!  He is the sexy, sexy beast of the Victorian/Industrial north and EVERYONE loves, loves, loves this movie.  Great insight to the times and most romantic film EVER!"
Cranford: The Collection (Cranford / Return to Cranford)
Cranford: The Collection (Cranford / Return to Cranford)
"This is just so much fun.  A little village in the Victorian times, trying to hold on to its established way of life as progress roars around it.  All women.  A pleasure!"
Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
Masterpiece Theatre: Jane Eyre
"There have been millions of versions of this, yes but this is the definitive look.  Vastly entertaining."
The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria
"It's young Queen Victoria falling in love with beautiful Albert.  Come on!  What's not to love!"
The Catherine Cookson Collection - Set 1 (The Wingless Bird / The Moth / The Rag Nymph / The Fifteen Streets)
The Catherine Cookson Collection - Set 1 (The Wingless Bird / The Moth / The Rag Nymph / The Fifteen Streets)
"These are adaptations from British writer, Catherine Cookson -- SO FAB! All of these films are some of my favorites.  All of them are Victorian/Edwardian and are wildly romantic as well as informative."
Miss Potter
Miss Potter
"GORGEOUS! INSPIRING TO EVERY WOMAN WRITER EVERYWHERE!  Just watch it.  I love it!"
Upstairs Downstairs - The Premiere Season [VHS]
Upstairs Downstairs - The Premiere Season [VHS]
"EDWARDIAN ENGLAND This is the definitive look at a Victorian/Edwardian household.  Life upstairs with the aristocrats and downstairs with the staff -- both, equally interesting.  Don't be put off by the first couple in tv black and white.  You won't be able to stop."
Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (Edwardian Murder Mysteries)
Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery (Edwardian Murder Mysteries)
"This is a fabulous little mystery series in the Edwardian times.  Rose is an indepent thinking aristocrat in love with a hardened soldier returned from the Boer War. Funny and fast."
The House at Riverton: A Novel
The House at Riverton: A Novel
"A beautifully haunting novel.  Grace is the only surviving member of a household with a scandalous secret from long ago.  When she's asked to relive it, memories from WW1 and the Roaring Twenties come back like ghosts."
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season 1
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Season 1
"This "upstairs Downstairs" story is so popular that people are begging BBC to hurry up and make the next season.  EVEN MEN LOVE THIS ONE.  It is wildly addicting and gorgeous to look at."
The House of Eliott - Complete Collection
The House of Eliott - Complete Collection
"POST WW1 Soooooo fabulous.  Two sisters open a coture shop in London after WW1 and take on the fat cats of fashion."
Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
"This movie goes along with House at Riverton.  A look at one of the last, aristocratic families hanging on before WW2.  A classic, tragic but so nostalgic."
Brideshead Revisited: Original Score (Soundtrack to Miramax Film)
Brideshead Revisited: Original Score (Soundtrack to Miramax Film)
"GORGEOUS SOUNDTRACK!"
Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day
Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day
"WW2 Just the best DVD series of all time.  WW2 in England from the beginning all the way to VE day with Inspector Foyle on the homefront.  Just fascinating and BRILLIANT!"
ISLAND AT WAR DVD
ISLAND AT WAR DVD
"This is WW2 on the Guernsey Islands with amazing on location shots."
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"Just read it!!!!!  It may be one of the most endearing, romantic, entertaining books of all time.  Post WW2 on the Guernsey Islands, one woman finds out the truth about what happened on the forgotten island."
Agatha Christie's Marple, Series 1
Agatha Christie's Marple, Series 1
"LOVE IT!!!! 1950s England!  Lush, beautiful scenery, gorgeous color, FABULOUS CLOTHES, Agatha Christie redone at her best!"
This Rough Magic
This Rough Magic
"Mary Stewart.  She's the queen of British 60's mystery for girls on vacation. What every girl's life should be in her 20's.  Loved this one in particularly."
All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small
"As an animal lover (particularly dogs) this series is a must.  MUST.  Funny, heartbreaking, romantic, James Herriot is a genius who will also become your hero."
Ballykissangel: Complete Collection
Ballykissangel: Complete Collection
"This is across the pond in Ireland in the cutest Irish village you will ever see.  You'll be thinking of ways to move there yourself.  Word to the wise: DO NOT WATCH PAST SEASON 3.  It all goes horribly awry"
Hamish MacBeth: Series 1-3 Collection
Hamish MacBeth: Series 1-3 Collection
"This is based off the series by MC Beaton which is also wonderful.  Scottish Highlands, a westie and some of the funniest villagers I've ever seen.  Really enjoyed this."
The Boxer (Collector's Edition)
The Boxer (Collector's Edition)
"This is one of my favorite films of all time.  Set on the Eve of a cease fire in Belfast Ireland, Danny Flynn is trying to rebuild his life outside of the IRA.  Sublimely romantic.  Watch it every year."
Dear Frankie
Dear Frankie
"Sweet, poignant, romantic.  Gerard Butler.  Need I say more?"
Sherlock: Season 1
Sherlock: Season 1
"This is fantastic!  Modern day Sherlock Holmes with a wickedly exasperating Sherlock and a very lovable, young Watson."
Without a Clue
Without a Clue
"Absolutely my family's favorite movie!!!  The FUNNIEST Sherlock Holmes ever.  Laugh out loud (not silly, just hilarious!)"
Inspector Lewis: Pilot, Series 1 & 2
Inspector Lewis: Pilot, Series 1 & 2
"This is a really great contemporary mystery series.  Very fun."