Last week, my mom and I went to Barnes and Noble and we bought two more DVDs.
I heard about Downton Abbey a little bit before it was announced that Masterpiece Theater was going to play it earlier this year, but I didn't know too much about it. It takes place in 1912/1913/1914, so in the Edwardian era. It's about a noble family and it's servants that live at the estate Downton Abbey. There are quite a few familiar faces to those who watch a lot of period dramas: Hugh Bonneville (Daniel Deronda), Maggie Smith (Becoming Jane, David Copperfield), Brendon Coyle (Lark Rise to Candleford), just to name a few. My mom and I just finished watching it. It was interesting, but be warned: there are some mature themes (with accompanying scenes) present in this series, but the scenes were only in the first couple of episodes.
I heard about North and South a while ago, and finally we bought it. I know that the book was by Elizabeth Gaskell, who also wrote Cranford and Wives and Daughters. I heard that it was good (and it's main character, Margaret Hale, has done well in "The Period Drama Heroine Tournament").
And I also got recently...
...the 1971 version of Sense and Sensibility. I had heard about this version, that it includes Joanna David (who was Mrs. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice (1995)) as Elinor Dashwood, and Patricia Routledge (who was Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) as Mrs. Jennings. I had only seen one version of Sense and Sensibility (the 1995 movie), so I wonder how this will compare.