Below is a list of my favorite television productions set in the 1830s:
FAVORITE TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS SET IN THE 1830s
1. "Jane Eyre" (1983) - Alexander Baron wrote this excellent adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel about a destitute, but strong-willed governess who falls in love with her mysterious employer. Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton made a superb screen team in my favorite adaptation of the novel.
2. "Wives and Daughters" (1999) - Andrew Davies wrote this excellent adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1865 unfinished novel about the coming-of-age of a country doctor's daughter. Justine Waddell and Keeley Hawes starred in this four-part miniseries.
3. "Middlemarch" (1994) - Andrew Davies adapted this superb adaptation of George Eliot's 1871 novel about the lives of the inhabitants of an English town during the cusp of the Industrial Revolution. The superb cast includes Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy and Rufus Sewell.
4. "Gentleman Jack" (2019-present) - Sally Wainwright created this excellent series about the relationship between early 19th century industrialist/landowner Anne Lister and wealthy heiress Ann Walker. Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle starred.
5. "Cousin Bette" (1971) - Margaret Tyzack and Helen Mirren starred in this memorable television adaptation of Honoré de Balzac's 1846 novel about a middle-aged spinster who wreaks vengeance upon her high-born extended family. Gareth Davies directed.
6. "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1975) - Richard Chamberlain starred in this entertaining television adaptation of Alexandre Dumas, père 's 1844 novel about a man's campaign of revenge against those who had him imprisoned for over a decade. David Greene directed.
7. "Jane Eyre" (1973) - Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston starred in this colorful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel about a destitute, but strong-willed governess who falls in love with her mysterious employer. Joan Craft directed.
8. "Wide Sargasso Sea" (2006) Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall starred in this adaptation of Jean Rhys' 1966 novel, which is a prequel to "Jane Eyre". Brendan Maher directed.