After a bit of searching I came across a few fantastic miniseries (all currently available for viewing on Netflix), which are just as good and wonderfully satisfying as Downton Abbey.
I figured I might not be the only one looking for some great new shows to watch, so I figured I'd share. Check out my picks and let me know if you've seen any of these, or have others to recommend!
1. Call the Midwife
the memoir of the same name by Jennifer Worth, this fantastic BBC drama follows Jenny Lee, a newly qualified midwife who goes to work at a nursing convent in 1950s East London.
The series tells the heartbreaking--and heartwarming--stories of working as a midwife in the rough neighborhood, as well as following along with the personal stories of love and friendship among the women. The show is clever and sweet, and beautifully shot (also...fabulous 50s fashion!).
I gobbled up all 6 episodes of the first season on Netflix, and am excited to start watching Season 2, which starts airing tonight (March 31st) on PBS in the US.
2. Land Girls
Land Girls focuses on a group of 4 girls working on the Hoxley Estate, all of whom joined (or were drafted) for different reasons.
The first season is available on Netflix, with two others after that I'm going to try and hunt down online.
3. Bomb Girls
My new favorite!!
This series is Canadian, and tells the story of the women working in a Canadian munitions factory during World War II. It centers primarily on the story of Gladys, a recently-engaged wealthy socialite who goes to work in the factory despite her parent's objections. She has to prove that she's more than a spoiled rich girl to her coworkers at the factory, and ends up learning a thing or two about herself in the process.
My friend Ilana was in town for a few days and as we both weren't feeling well, we spent most of the day on Friday cuddled up on the couch eating chocolate, and watching the first 6 episodes of the series. It was a Good Friday indeed!
Season 2 just started airing on the Reelz channel in the US this past week, so I'm going to have to catch up on it and add that to my weekly watching schedule. Another great show featuring gorgeous 40s fashion and music--definitely one to watch if you (like me!) love the era.
4. The Grand
The owner's wayward brother steps in to repay the debts and take over as an equal partner, but his motives are a bit questionable and it's soon revealed that his money may be coming from some shady dealings. Intrigues (and romance!) ensue.
The entire series (18 episodes) is available for streaming.
5. The Palace
The handsome eldest son (seen above with his Brad Pitt-like jawbones), who up until his father's death was known for little more than drinking and sleeping around, is crowned king and now has to prove to England--and himself--that he is up to the task.
Eugene actually watched a few episodes of this one with me and admitted that "it's all right," which for him is basically a ringing endorsement.
This entire 8-episode series is available on Netflix.
Have you seen any of these shows? Have any other favorites you think I might like? Let me know in the comments!
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