Thursday, May 7, 2020
Favorite Television Productions Set in the 1900s and 1910s
Below is a list of my favorite television productions (so far) that are set in the 1900s and the 1910s:
FAVORITE TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS SET IN THE 1900s AND 1910s
1. "Howards End" (2017) - Hayley Atwell and Matthew McFadyen starred in this superb and underrated adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel about class conflict in Edwardian Britain. Written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie MacDonald, the miniseries co-starred Philippa Coulthard and Joseph Quinn.
2. "Ellis Island" (1984) - Jerry London directed this excellent adaptation of Fred Mustard Stewart's 1983 novel about the lives of four immigrants in New York City between 1907 and 1917. The three-part miniseries starred Peter Reigert, Gregory Martin, Faye Dunaway and Richard Burton.
3. "The Good Soldier" (1981) - Robin Ellis, Susan Fleetwood, Jeremy Brett and Vickery Turner starred in this excellent adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel about the lives of two couples at a German spa and resort. Kevin Billington directed.
4. "An Inspector Calls" (2015) - David Thewlis starred in this first-rate adaptation of J.B. Priestley's 1945 stage play about a police inspector's investigation of a wealthy family's connection to a working-class who had committed suicide. Aisling Walsh directed.
5. "The Irish R.M." (1983-1985) - Peter Bowles and Doran Godwin starred in this very entertaining adaptation of E. Somerville and M. Ross' series of novels about the experiences of a former British Army officer who becomes a registered magistrate in turn-of-the-century western Ireland.
6. "The Flame Trees of Thika" (1981) - Roy Ward Baker directed this interesting adaptation of Elspeth Huxley's 1959 memoirs about British settlers in 1913-14 Kenya. The miniseries starred Hayley Mills, Holly Aird and David Robb.
7. "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992-1993) - George Lucas created this television series about the childhood and adolescent experiences of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones. Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier starred as the future archaeologist during two periods in his life.
8. "Berkeley Square" (1998) - Suzanne van de Velde created this limited series about the lives of three young women employed as nannies for wealthy families living on exclusive Berkeley Square. Clare Wilkie, Victoria Smurfit and Tabitha Wady starred.
9. "Titanic" (1996) - Robert Lieberman directed this two-part miniseries about the experiences of several characters during the doomed maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. Peter Gallagher, Catherine Zeta-Jones and George C. Scott starred.
10. "S.O.S. Titanic"(1979) - William Hale directed this television movies about the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic from the perspective of three distinct groups of passengers in First, Second, and Third Class. David Janssen, Cloris Leachman, Susan Saint James and David Warner starred.
Honorable Mentioned - "Parade's End" (2012) - Tom Stoppard wrote this adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy of his 1924-1928 novels about the experiences of three people during the late Edwardian Age and World War I. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens starred in this five-part miniseries.