Confessions of a Period Drama Addict
My name is Regina, and I am a
Period Drama junkie!
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.
I 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.