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A Valentine’s Special – The 10 Most Romantic Lines From Period Dramas

It's Valentine's Day, and what better day to look at the most romantic lines in period dramas? I've counted down my top 10 quotes, utterly subjective and unlikely to match anyone else's list should they make it. In terms of the films or television episodes I've referenced, I'm aware that some will be quotes from the original literature or have been repeated many times over in other adaptations. These are just the adaptations where I most enjoyed the quote! So…

Top 10 Period Drama Dance Scenes

All the best period dramas have their dramatic dance scenes. Why? Well, they're usually breathtakingly romantic for a start, usually with flowing gowns and beautifully orchestrated music. However, they're also usually the perfect tool for a pivotal scene for the central couple, whether they're dealing with jealousy or realising their true feelings. It's also worth noting that for many traditional period dramas, particularly those set pre-1850s, this is the closest we get to a romantically passionate scene. For some, the slightest touch…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Scoundrels

So we've looked at the heroines and we've ranked the heroes, but what about Jane Austen's villainous scoundrels? There's one in every novel, providing the perfect distraction for the leading lady, usually by throwing a few spanners in the works. Readers and viewers of the screen adaptations love to hate them: they're the bad boy foil to the dreamboat hero. That's why I've introduced a slightly new feature to this list - instead of a 'lesson learned' point (because lets…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroes

After our definitive ranking of the heroines, it's time to look at Jane Austen's heroes. They're a far trickier bunch, since Austen approached her narratives from the female point of view and we see the men through their perspective. Not only that, but they're given less character development too. This isn't a big problem, but it has led to the heroes being frequently defined instead by their portrayals in screen adaptations, which offer far more opportunities for a detailed take.…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroines

Jane Austen writes some fabulous characters, from bold heroines to romantic heroes and sneaky scoundrels. To celebrate Jane Austen month, we're publishing three lists, ranking her most iconic figures from her six full novels. Let's start with the heroines - the characters we spend the most time with, sharing their joys and trials as they negotiate Austen's social landscape. Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Who else? Let's be real here, Lizzie is the girl we all want to be. She's…

5 Things To Do Now That Poldark Is Finished For The Year

Season two of Poldark is over and the dark winter is setting in. What is there to brighten our Sundays now and feed our period drama addiction until Christmas? Don't panic - you can revisit the romance and drama of everyone's favourite BBC period drama with our five 'essential' ideas (we take no responsibility for any advice actually taken seriously). Buy a horse Buy or borrow, everyone in Poldark has a horse. Be urgent like Ross as he gallops along the…

The 5 Best Modern Interpretations of Classic Texts

Traditional period dramas are beloved for their accurate historical costumes and otherworldly setting of different manners and perspectives. However, when you take their literary sources and transplant it into a world that’s familiar, do they lose their power? Not always. If these adaptations are anything to go by, sometimes a classic text is as comfortable in the 90s and 2000s as it is in its own setting of corsets, letters and no electricity. Here’s the best and why they work… Clueless…