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Greatest Modern British Drama TV

The United Kingdom has produced some of the greatest series in television's Golden Age, including Sherlock, Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders, Luther, and of course Downton Abbey, and we've rounded up the best of the lot based on audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Fresh Takes on Period Dramas

These historical series inject a modern sensibility and energy into the stuffiness of traditional period dramas through fresh soundtracks, current slang, and positive representation of a diverse cast of characters. The modern adaptations are not everyone's cup of tea, and may leave some more traditional Jane Austen fans clutching their pearls.

Best Period Dramas

A list of the highest-rated period dramas spanning across eras and countries, although the UK is particularly well represented.

Romantic Drama TV

A round-up of romantic dramas from the bodice-ripping period pieces through steamy supernatural romances.

Shows like Pride and Prejudice: TV Shows in the Spirit of Jane Austen

Shows and miniseries adapted from or inspired by the great author's works; perfect for Downton Abbey fans in withdrawal--these shows feature women bravely fighting prejudice and hardship to win the day--brooding lords, windswept moors, and manor hall intrigue feature prominently.

Shows Like Fanny Hill: Gorgeous Georgian Dramas

Before Queen Elizabeth, before Queen Victoria, there were the four Georges who ruled Great Britain from 1714 to 1830--think Jane Austen, with female-led dramas and sumptuous settings.

Shows like Call The Midwife: Period Dramas about British Women

These lush period dramas revolve around groups of women--sometimes sisters, sometimes friends, sometimes even both--and their relationships with each other and the world.

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