Recently, my mom, sister and I have been watching the BBC drama Cranford (based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell).
My mom had seen it before and warned us that it was a bit slow. It was. But I liked it. When you watch a lot of British period dramas, you get used to slow-moving plots and little action, and you begin to appreciate the characters and dialogue.
One thing I didn't like so much about it was how many characters died. Someone died off every five minutes. I'm serious. You start liking a character and...whoops, they're dead. Thankfully, only one of my favorite people died. It all works out in the end, of course, but at the time it's very frustrating. And you start wondering if Elizabeth Gaskell couldn't figure out what to do with her characters and just bumped em' off so she didn't have to worry about them.
Don't you hate it when you recognize an actor or actress and you can't figure out the other movie you saw them in? That happened a couple times when we were watching Cranford. We eventually figured them out though. It was fun. It was amazing how many of the actors we'd seen before. Here are a few of the revelations we had....
Anyway, if you like British dramas, you should give Cranford a shot and let me know what you think.