I Admit It. I’m a Period Drama Junkie!

Confessions of a Period Drama Addict

My name is Regina, and I am a
Period Drama junkie!

Errol Flynn with Bette Davis in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Errol Flynn with Bette Davis in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

I admit it: I prefer Period Dramas to all other film genres. Give me men who take pride in their appearances and women who do not, literally, allow it to “all hang out.”

I find as I peruse the many pieces offered each hour and each day on my “fine HD” television, that I can find nothing worth watching. I screen through the many channels (something which used to drive me crazy with my ex-husband, but that is an entirely different post), and I ultimately end up watching a period drama. I go through my cable listing, and then I take a turn with BBC America, Starz, The Movie Channel, Showtime, Sundance, Chiller, Flix, Encore, etc. Today, I watched Great Expectations, Emma, 1918, and Daisy Miller – all of which I have seen multiple times. In addition, I own some 50+ DVDs that could be considered Period Dramas.

220px-Tyrone_Power_in_Marie_Antoinette_trailerI know from where this obsession came. Blame it on my narrow childhood in the 1950s, a time when TV was the latest media phenomena. Not only did we listen to the same music as our parents, but we also actually watched television together. We swooned over the same heroes as our mothers (Tyrone Powers, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, etc.) and admired the same “manly men” (Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, etc.) as our fathers. I grew up on dramas such as Shogun; The Thornbirds; and Rich Man, Poor Man – on movies such as Von Ryan’s Express, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Blood and Sand, and Little Women. Be it of a British or Old World or the latest Western, such was the milk of my existence.

Therefore, take a stroll with me down memory lane. I have combined the covers of some of my favorite period dramas in the slideshow below. (There are no Jane Austen covers in this montage.) Tell me which ones were your favorites and maybe add the names of some others to the list by leaving a comment. I will check in regularly to see what you think.

from Little Dorrit

from Little Dorrit


About reginajeffers

Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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6 Responses to I Admit It. I’m a Period Drama Junkie!

  1. Liz Castillo says:

    Hi, my name is Liz and I am a period junkie as well!! Although I prefer the Regancy Era over any time frame. (Could have something to do with my favorite book?!?!)

    Growing up in a different decade as yourself, my taste in music, movies and such would differ from my parents; therefore we would have to settle on something we all could agree on and that ultimately would be oldies music and classic movies.

    We would get into the car and put on the oldies and enjoy the ride. I still do to this day; let’s face it, some of today’s music is just too hard to unstand. I love the 50’s and 60’s; so many amazing songs and artists!

    Movies were a little different, my father loves westerns and The Duke is by far our favorite. (Hatari! and McLintock are the best!) My mother and I liked romance movies and watching Gone With The Wind is our favorite pastime! Truth be told, I have always been in love with Clark Gabel and have always wondered what kind of Darcy he would have been!

    And as the years have gone, we love Jane Austen and all the productions of each book over the years but our favorite is the 2005 version of P&P; we love Matthew MacFadyen! Colin did an awesome job, but is MY Darcy! My collection of period dramas seems to grow daily and I love it!!

    I also enjoy reading historical romances that center around the Regancy Era as well! I was never very fond of reading when I was younger, but once I found Jane there was no turning back! I enjoy ready more modern romances, but I always go back to my favorite. Something about that time frame that appeals to me. Maybe it is how men and women acted and how completely different than how it us today. I not sure, but give me a period drama and I one happy lady!!

    • My gentleman friend, Liz, is a big western fan so I regularly read one of the romance westerns or even a contemporary to cleanse my palate, so to speak, for my obsession with the Regency.
      I am a big John Wayne fan, but I tend more to Big Jake (still cry when the dog dies), Flying Tigers, McLintock, and the Quiet Man.
      I loved Clark Gabel, Tyrone Power, and Cornell Wilde.

  2. juliaergane says:

    I grew up the same time as you 😉 so I remember it well! I have to say that I really do prefer period films as well. I still remember seeing Ninotcha, Queen Christina, Tovarich, and many others on the week-end late movies when I was a little girl (I was quite the night owl). I hardly watch television anymore, there is just so much **expletive deleted** that I don’t waste my time. I read and do needlework instead.

  3. As I live alone, I often have the TV for background noise, but I rarely watch it. I am reading or writing or attending to household tasks.

  4. ki pha says:

    OMG!!! I absolutely Love Period (or more like Historical) dramas!!! I also love the South Korean Historical dramas because they’re clothing are just so beautifully designed. And shall I say I go on a streak every so often with Jane Austen and the Regency? But just two months ago I found the love of Tyrone Powers as Count Axel de Fersen in Marie Antoinette!!! Swooning~
    I know I’m young and didn’t grow up with these but I absolutely love them!

  5. I always thought Tyrone Power possessed the perfect masculine face. Thanks for adding your insights in the S. Korean dramas. It’s an area of which I cannot say I have much knowledge. I must go exploring!!!

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