5 Best BBC Period Drama Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Frances Smith

Learn about 5 best BBC period drama movies so you can enjoy British drama at its best. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) headquartered in London makes some of the best period drama movies on television based on historical English stories. Many of the best BBC period drama movies are based on novels by British authors.

  1. "Pride and Prejudice" This 2005 BBC period drama movie is a story based on the Jane Austen novel by the same name. Pride and Prejudice is set in Georgian England. Elizabeth, played by Keira Knightly, and her four sisters have their lives disrupted when Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to town.
  2. "Sense and Sensibility" This 1995 BBC period drama movie is another movie based on a Jane Austen novel about family inheritance and how important the mores of the time were. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and starred in this period drama set in Victorian England. Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant also star. Ang Lee directed the movie.
  3. "Jane Eyre" This 2006 BBC period drama movie is based on the Charlotte Bronte novel by the same name. In this drama, Ruth Wilson plays Jane Eyre, a young governess. She falls in love with her master played by Toby Stephens. 
  4. "Becoming Jane" This 2007 BBC period drama movie is based on letters written by Jane Austen. This period drama set in 1795 features Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen. She is becoming a writer and is courted by a young Irishman, Tom Lefroy, who is played by James McAvoy. She has dreams of marrying for love, an attitude uncommon at the time.
  5. "Little Dorrit" This 2008 BBC period drama movie is based on Charles Dickens book by the same name. Claire Foy plays Amy Dorrit who earns money for her family and taking care of her father who is in debtor's prison. When a man enters their life, the family's circumstances are changed.
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  1. July 21, 2011 2:24 am


    Since when most of this movies and miniseries are BBC? That a movie is a British production doesn’t mean that it is a BBC production.

    In the 2005 Pride and Prejudice, the BBC was involved only by supplying the wigs, the Pride and Prejudice adaptations available on video and produced by BBC are the 1995 and 1980 miniseries. The 2005 is a Focus (the indi company by Universal).

    The 1995 Sense and Sensibility is neither by BBC, in fact BBC was not involved at all. Columbia Pictures has the credit. Once again for a BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility look for the 2008, 1981 and 1971 miniseries.

    Jane Eyre 2006 is indeed by BBC, but it is not a movie but a miniseries (4 episodes of approximate 1 hour each).

    Unfortunately, BBC was also involved in Becoming Jane, but if it is an extremely fictional biopic. For a less ficitonal one look for Miss Austen Regrets, also by BBC.

    2008 Little Dorrit again is also by BBC, but again it is a miniseries (14 episodes, with a total of approximately 8 hours).

  2. July 21, 2011 2:24 am


    PS – I forgot to add that in general when one talks of the great BBC period dramas, the Pride and Prejudice that it is mentioned is the 1995 adaptation.

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