It’s going to be a long wait until Season 4 of Downton Abbey is released!
So here are some tv show and movie suggestions to get you through. You can check them out from Southfield Public Library to watch while we wait (impatiently!):
This television series is a British drama television series originally produced by London Weekend Television and revived by the BBC. It ran on ITV in 68 episodes divided into five series from 1971 to 1975.
Set in a large townhouse in Edwardian, First World War and interwar Belgravia in London, the series depicts the lives of the servants “downstairs” and their masters—the family “upstairs”. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between 1903 and 1930. It was revived by co-producers, BBC Wales and Masterpiece in 2010. The newly released Upstairs Downstairs is a continuation of the original.
We own both the original and the new series!
(I just finished watching the first season of the new series and it is great! I definitely recommend this for avid Downton Abbey Fans!)
Wives and Daughters
Set in a richly portrayed society well-stocked with eccentric nobles and gossipy villagers, this story centers around Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a respected country doctor. The well-ordered world of Molly’s childhood is soon to be complicated by new people and unexpected situations. Most devastating is her father’s decision to remarry after many years of widowhood. Molly’s faltering efforts to cope gracefully with an impossible stepmother, a beguiling stepsister, burdensome secrets and burgeoning romance ring as true today as when Elizabeth Gaskell wrote the novel in 1865.
The Forsyte Saga
Set in the 1920s, two decades after the first series ends, the plot follows the courtship of two teenage Forsyte cousins: Fleur and Jon. Fleur, the daughter of Soames and Annette, and Jon, the son of Irene and Jolyon, meet by chance as youngsters; now Irene’s son has fallen in love with the daughter of Soames, the man she despises above all others. Fleur and Jon haven’t a clue that Soames and Irene were once married, all they know is that the family won’t talk. Little do they suspect that their parent’s dark secret will turn their nuptial dreams into a Romeo and Juliet ordeal.
North and South
When the privileged Margaret Hale’s father uproots the family to take work in the northern mill town of Milton, she is shocked by the dirt and gruffness of the people. But she reserves her highest contempt for the charismatic mill-owner John Thornton.
Sense and Sensibility
Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Eleanor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family’s sudden loss of fortune.
A Londoner of lower class befriends and begins a romantic relationship with an aristocrat that becomes complicated when the aristocrat introduces his new friend to his sister.
Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.
Three young women from very different backgrounds meet, become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London’s exclusive Berkeley Square.
Remains of the Day
The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.
….We hope you enjoy these titles!