Thankfully I have a collection of my favourite DVDs to keep me and my needles company. These shows are like old friends, and because I have seen them all before it doesn't really matter if I'm following a difficult chart and need to keep my eyes on my knitting rather than the show. I know the scenes. I know the lines. I know the looks on the actors' faces.
I thought I would share my list of British favourites with you. Hopefully there will be quite a few new ideas here for my readers from outside Britain, and I am hoping my British readers can chime in with some more suggestions for me to add to my list.
- Pride and Prejudice: I am sure most of you are aware of this DVD. The dilemma is which version to watch. If I am in need of a quick P&P fix I pop the Keira Knightly one in my computer. But when I am wanting perfection it is the BBC version with Colin Firth that tops my list.
- Jane Eyre: Please avoid at all costs the horrid 2011 version of this show. It is the 2006 BBC television series you want to watch.
- North and South: I find myself at a loss of words for this one. If you haven't yet read the book or watched the movie you are missing out on a wonderful story. Plus this show was my introduction to Richard Armitage. Oh my.
- The King's Speech: I'm pretty sure people on both sides of the Atlantic know about this movie, but I couldn't not mention it. Colin Firth and this movie deserved every single award they got for it.
- Inspector Morse: I have borrowed almost everyone of these old programs from our library. John Thaw is wonderful as Inspector Morse.
- Goodnight Mister Tom: This movie is from a book with the same title. It is a touching story of a small boy who is evacuated during WW2 and ends up staying with a crotchety old man, brilliantly played by John Thaw.
- Judge John Deed: I have only watched the first couple in this series, but have enjoyed them immensely. I am waiting for our library to get the rest of the series in. The judge is played by another one of my favourite British actors - Martin Shaw.
- The Murder Room: This movie scores double points. It stars Martin Shaw, and the story was written by P.D. James.
- MI-5: This show ran for 10 seasons. I just finished the final one and was sorry to have it end. One word of warning though. The British kill off their main characters at a rate most North Americans would find alarming. Just so you know.
- Twenty Twelve: Oh. My. This is one of the funniest programs I have ever watched! It was Jean Miles who first put me onto this show, and am I ever glad she did. Even my husband, who is seriously humour challenged, laughed at this one!
- Downton Abbey: I know. You would have to be living under a rock to not already be aware of this show. But just like The King's Speech, I couldn't not list it. I am a Downton Abbey fan, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. In my defence I would like to say I fell in love with the program before it became a hit on this side of the Atlantic.
- Doc Martin: I love this show! Martin Clunes plays the part of a surgeon who has developed a fear of blood. He ends up working as a small village doctor. He hates the people. He hates the place. He hates his job. In spite of all this he is quite endearing. And very, very funny.