#11: Scarlet & Black (1993)

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

While I haven’t yet watched this one, it’s on my list just because of the actors. Scarlet & Black stars a very young Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz and tells the story of a womanizing social climber. This is not rated so I can’t give a content warning, though I do believe there is nudity and some sexuality in this one.

#12: Land Girls (2009)

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

Set in WWII, the series follows four women working the land during the War. While not one of my favorites of all time, there’s certainly a lot of romance to go around and hold your interest.

#13: The Buccaneers (1995)

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Photo: BBC

A little soapy in the writing, The Buccaneers is worth catching when you want something simply silly and fun to devour. It’s about four American women who decide to go to England to find a good husband. The Buccaneers stars a young Carla Gugino, Mira Sorvino, and Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility).

#14: Robin Hood (2006)

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Photo: BBC

If you love Merlin, medieval costume dramas, and Richard Armitage (he plays the villainous but slightly redeemable Guy), then you will enjoy this adorable and swashbuckling fun British TV Show. Sure, season 3 takes some missteps (I won’t spoil it for newbies), but overall a great romantic series to binge watch (I love both the love story between Robin and Marian and Guy and Marian). Just don’t take it too seriously.

#15: Dancing on the Edge (2013)

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Photo: BBC

A more recent addition to Netflix, I have not yet seen this 1930s-period drama mini-series about the world of Jazz. While rated TV-MA, I don’t know yet what the exact content entails, but what this series does have going is a fabulous cast with actors from some favorites: Merlin, Doctor Who, The Good Wife, The Paradise, etc.

#16: Poirot (1989)

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Photo: Carnival Films

While more episodes stream over on Acorn TV, there are still plenty to catch on Netflix. I love a good British Murder Mystery, and Agatha Christie is the best. Each episode is a new mystery and new cast of characters (outside the iconic detective) that will keep you guessing who did it right up to the very end…

#17: Island at War (2004)

Photo: ITV

Photo: ITV

A WWII Period Piece that may be worth checking out about an island invaded by Nazis. This is one period drama I have on my own to watch list. Anyone who’s seen it should definitely chime in! Island at War stars Downton Abbey’s, Joanne Froggatt. (Edit: According to the comments, there is some nudity in Island At War).

#18: The Bletchley Circle (2012)

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Photo: PBS

Seven years after WWII, a group of women uses their old codebreaking skills to solve murders they think are connected. A fascinating period drama with interesting female characters to identify with.

#19: The Grand (1997)

Photo: ITV

Photo: ITV

Before Downton Abbey, there was The Grand about the upper and lower classes of a hotel. While imperfect, it’s an enjoyable watch and has some good characterization in it thanks to the writer Russell T. Davies (the same man who would later bring back Doctor Who).

#20: Foyle’s War (2002)

Photo: ITV

Photo: ITV

Foyle’s War follows Superintendent Christopher Foyle as he solves crimes in the midst of the chaos WWII brings. With a female driver Samantha (Foyle doesn’t drive) and partner Paul Milner (he’s gets injured so can no longer fight), the criminals have no chance…It’s Samantha that really steals the show with her heart.

 

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