Top Ten Tuesday: Period Dramas for Christmas
It's finally the start of the Christmas season and this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is books that get you feeling festive - but I realised a lot of mine have adaptations too, so this week I'm doing Christmas period dramas instead. I won't watch my favourite Christmas films until closer to the big day, but I always think a cosy period drama is the perfect thing to start getting you into that festive mood. It's something about the old-fashioned settings, the gentle storytelling and the music, that's perfect for curling up with a blanket and the fire lit on a wintry afternoon. So get a cup of tea, break into the Christmas cupboard and get yourself one of these to watch.
This is one of my favourite proper Christmas films too, and if you like to wax lyrical about that Sainsburys advert from a few years ago, you seriously need to watch this film. Based on true stories, emotional and lovely and very, very Christmassy.
I've got high hopes for the new version, and there was a lot I liked about the recent BBC adaptation too. But this will always be the best, surely? I only need to hear the music to set me off crying, and Victorian set stuff is always Christmassy by default.
A Christmas set mish-mash of Dickensian stories and characters from the BBC, I was enjoying this at the time but I missed the last few episodes. I think I need to remedy that.
Call the Midwife
I lost track of the series a while ago now, but Christmas aint Christmas without the Call the Midwife Christmas special! Hard hitting but cosy at the same time, I don't know how they keep doing it.
I wasn't a massive fan of Return to Cranford, which was actually a sort of Christmas special, but the original series seems very Christ-massy somehow. There's so much death you couldn't exactly call it cosy, but it's very warm with lovely characters and brilliant acting. Again, the Victorian setting and the great music somehow make it feel all warm and Christmassy. And I think it ends at Christmas too?
A Little Princess
An Edwardian winter setting, Christopher Columbus directing, a touching family film with that soaring, emotional music that comes with all the family films of the 90's, this is definitely one to watch at Christmas!!
The most Christ-massy Jane Austen, as it comes with some Christmas scenes, and again the music! This is one of my favourite Austen adaptations, as there's a lovely warm quality to it, and there are just the right amount of episodes. And did I mention the music?
I don't know whether I associate this with Christmas because it was first shown at Christmas, or because the book has some Christmas scenes in it, or because Meg Ryan talks about it in You've Got Mail, and for some reason I always think of that as a Christmas-sy film. Made-for-TV family films are always Chritmas-sy though, aren't they?
I'm not the biggest fan of Downton, but I'll be the first to say that the first Downton Christmas special was far and away the most perfect Christmas special I've ever watched. Except for the Bates/Anna scenes, which I always fast-forward. What possessed them to set the second Christmas special in summer, I'll never know.
Larkrise to Candleford
I was a massive Larkrise fan back in the day (so cosy! and actually really well written! - well, the first series anyway...) and the Christmas special isn't my favourite, but it's perfect Christmas special fodder. Ghost stories are Christmas tradition of course, and then we have Alf playing carols on the accordian. What more could you want?
What are your favourite period dramas for Christmas?