Which Classic Period Drama Should You Watch?

Need to fill the Downton Abbey-shaped hole in your life? In TV On Demand on Virgin Media, you'll find our cracking Cads & Corsets Collection, full of some of the most iconic BBC costume dramas – from Pride And Prejudice to Parade's End. Take our personality quiz to find out which one you should start with, and head to www.virginmediapresents.com for more…

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On Mar 29, 2017

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

You’re no stranger to hardship, but however bad things get you always cling to the chance that they’ll turn out alright in the end. Good for you. So you’ll relate to David Copperfield – the poor fella, played by a very little Daniel Radcliffe, has practically nothing going for him apart from hope; so it’s fortunate that Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith are around to give him a helping hand. Who better?

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Emma

Emma

You like nothing better than a new romance, good clothes and a happy ending (oh, and being the centre of attention, but you’d never admit that). Which makes Emma the perfect match for you. Romola Garai (Suffragette) stars as literature’s first It Girl in this adaptation of the Jane Austen’s classic; a notorious meddler in other people’s lives who needs the warm, wise words of Mr Knightley (Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller) to make her see sense.

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Parade's End

Parade's End

You’re a solitary soul with little care for fun and frivolity, because frankly that’s just not important. But you do take your morals very seriously indeed. So meet your kindred spirit in Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose socialite wife Sylvia (The Prestige's Rebecca Hall) makes their lives during the First World War even harder, forcing him to choose between her and a young suffragette, Valentine. It’s just the sort of dilemma you’d like to have a long intellectual think about.

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Pride And Prejudice

Pride And Prejudice

Opinionated, stubborn and a nightmare for your parents, you’re not interested in an easy, star-crossed romance. So try this untraditional love story for size: boy meets girl, boy insults girl and her family, and girl falls in love with boy anyway when she realises he’s a thoroughly decent chap. Plus, it stars a feisty Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty) and Colin Firth in classic heart-throb mode.

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Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

Your sweet nature means you can be a bit of a pushover, but the most important thing in your life is that everyone else is happy. Which gets a bit confusing when you see something you want; because there’s a solid chance you might end up without it, and miserable. So you’ll understand what the Dashwood sisters (The Bletchley Circle’s Hattie Morahan and Wolf Hall’s Charity Wakefield) are going through when they run into dashing gents Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!) – and their outstanding hairstyles.

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