Ok, I really made the Top Ten Tuesday photo quiz too difficult, but nonetheless I got some fantastic answers! Thanks to everyone who commented! 😀 Answers below the cut…
#10 – North & South (BBC, 2004) – This is a beautiful adaptation of the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. While the romance is actually my least favorite part of the series (it’s very similar to Pride & Prejudice), the series is phenomenal and gripping on every level.
#9 – A Tale of Two Cities (Masterpiece Theatre, 1989) – Though this series is verrrry 80s 😆 it’s a faithful rendition of Dickens’s novel, and until we get a better one, I feel it’s due for a rediscovery! The film score is spectacular.
#8 – Roman Holiday (1953) – I can’t be the only one who ships Princess Ann with the barber, right? 😀 (Gregory Peck is my favorite actor, so it’s just another tribute to his talent that he plays such an irritating journalist.)
#7 – The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) – Another endearing 80s adaptation, this time of the adventure novel by Baroness Emma Orczy. I love Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews as the leading couple. ❤
#6 – Jane Eyre (BBC, 1983) – Starring a very Byronic Timothy Dalton, this is my favorite version of Jane Eyre. The acting and chemistry is so good, the filmmakers didn’t need to “spice up” the story. I’m a big fan of Mia in the 2011 version, but I also think Zelah Clarke, as Jane, doesn’t get enough credit. She seems to me the most accurate representation of a Bronte heroine on screen.
#5 – Eugene Onegin (Met Opera, 2014) – I honestly didn’t expect anyone to guess this one off the top of their head, so don’t feel bad. This might be a stretch, but I watch this opera just like a movie or a musical, so in my world it counts. 😆 I compared it to the 1999 adaptation here and on my YouTube review. I highly recommend this production if you’re looking for an introduction to opera, because Tchaikovsky’s music is gorgeous, and for an opera, this one is relatively fast-paced.
#4 – Emma (BBC, 2009) – Romola Garai has starred in a lot of costume dramas, and this is one of her best roles, IMHO. Most versions of Emma focus on her snobbishness and selfishness, but I felt this series made her more likeable and funny, while still being true to the story. The rest of the cast is delightful, too, especially Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley and Blake Ritson as Mr. Elton.
#3 – Frantz (2016) – If you are looking for a new romantic drama to watch, I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s a tragic story of loss, forgiveness, and culture clash, set in post-WWI Europe. It’s currently free on Prime and, last I checked, Hoopla as well.
#2 – Little Dorrit (BBC, 2008) – This was the TV series that got me into blogging, haha! It’s one of the best Dickens series and really romantic.
#1 – Robin Hood (BBC, Seasons 1 & 2) – I think Robin/Marian is my favorite. ❤ They’re both such independent, stubborn people, and their relationship is far from perfect. But once they finally get together again, they make a power couple.