Top 10 Soapy Historical Dramas or (What to Watch Now that Downton Abbey is Over)

Are you already missing Mary and Carson and the Bates? With the final episode of Downton Abbey in the books, we all must find some other series to satisfy our period costume drama cravings. We’re happy to help you out with that. Consider these 10 possibilities, available for checkout right here at the Orem Library.

Mr. Selfridge, Season 2: Much has changed since Selfridges first opened its doors. Five years later, Europe is on the brink of war and London is enjoying one last defiant period of decadence. Mr. Selfridge now has his sights set on joining the establishment and rebuilding his family life. Tensions are also running high on the shop floor as Agnes is back from Paris, chic and successful. Not everyone is thrilled by her new-found confidence and by the reappearance of her old ally Henri Leclair, returned from America.

Pocontent.chilifreshldark: It’s 1783, and Ross Poldark has returned home from the American Revolutionary War to find England in the grip of recession and his beloved Cornwall on its knees. His father is dead, his family’s land and copper mines are in ruins, and his childhood sweetheart is about to marry his first cousin. Feeling betrayed by everything he loves, Ross must rebuild his life, embarking on a risky business venture, facing new adversaries, and finding love where he least expects it.

Cranford: Cranford, in 1842, is a market town in northwest England. It is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules. For spinsters Deborah Jenkyns, the arbiter of correctness, and Matty, her dumurring sister, the town is a hub of intrigue. Handsome new doctor Frank Harrison has arrived from London; a retired Captain and his daughters move in across the street and preparations for Lady Ludlow’s garden party are underway. The town has some secrets which are about to be revealed. But news comes that shakes the town, a railway line from Manchester is coming to Cranford.

The Buccaneers: Four young American girls journey from America to England in search of romance and adventure in this exquisite production of Edith Wharton’s final book.

Call the Midwife: A moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the ’50s. Based on the bestselling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. When Jenny Lee first arrives in Poplar, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty, and life itself. But Jenny is brought up to speed fast once she joins a team of midwives who provide care to the poorest women.

A Place to Call Homecontent.chilifresh: Set in rural Australia in the years following World War II, this beautifully acted, sharply written series follows the fortunes of a woman returning home after spending two decades abroad.

Berkeley Square: A warm-hearted family drama set in turn-of-the-century London, where there young girls come together as nannies and grow to be friends. Matty is a tough East End girl who has worked her way up the domestic ladder of London society’s finest families. Spirited Hannah flees to London with her child after falling disastrously in love with the eldest son a grand Yorkshire family, Generous, yet naive, farm-girl Lydia becomes a nanny in a forward-thinking family light years for her own. Over the course of time, the three young nannies become enmeshed in each other’s lives as they manage through the unpredictable twists and turns of love, happiness and secrets in the posh world of Berkeley Square.

Lilies: Three sisters in 1920s Liverpool find different ways to struggle through poverty and disappointments in their working-class neighborhood.

Death Comes to Pemberley: Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married and with two young sons, are preparing for the lavish annual ball at their magnificent Pemberley home.

Great Expectations: Poor Pip. Always a pawn in someone else’s plans, doomed to try to rise in society, only to be slapped down again by a crazy spinster. It’s Dickens at his best, and this adaptation is lush and beautiful filmed, with fine performance including Gillian Andersen as Miss Haversham.

Bleak Housecontent.chilifresh: At the court of Chancery, the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case grinds on for years with no end in sight. Entangled in the lawsuit are a growing number of innocent victims: Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a child with mysterious parentage; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. As the case staggers onward, yet more people become embroiled in the furious legal battle, including the proud Lady Dedlock, who finds herself persecuted by the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn, then hunted by the determined Inspector Bucket, one of the first detectives to appear in English literature. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core.

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