Daily Doux: Essential British Mini-series
I, Claudius (1976)
The BBC absorbing retelling of the rise and fall of a Roman dynasty all seen from the eyes of Derek Jacobi’s stuttering Claudius.
Pennies from Heaven (1978)
The classic Denis Potter serial that made a star out of Bob Hoskins.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979)
Sir Alec Guinness gives the performance of his career as George Smiley in this gripping BBC adaptation of the John le Carré classic.
Brideshead Revisited (1981)
The costume drama all costumes dramas dream of being when they grow up.
Edge of Darkness (1985)
Troy Kennedy Martin’s thriller stars the much missed Bob Peck as Ronald Craven, a Yorkshire policeman trying to unravel the truth behind the murder of his daughter who stumbles on a terrible secret involving Britain’s nuclear power industry.
The Singing Detective (1986)
Michael Gambon gives an unforgettable performance as Philip E. Marlow, a mystery writer bedridden with psoriatic arthropathy, in Dennis Potter’s classic musical drama.
House of Cards (1990)
Before there was Frank Underwood there was Francis Urquhart, the charismatic villain at the heart of this playful thriller.
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Andrew Davies’ six part adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, which made Colin Firth and his white shirt a national icon, is the quintessential literary adaptation.
Our Friends in the North (1996)
Peter Flannery’s brilliant drama chronicles the lives of four friends from Newcastle upon Tyne (Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig and Mark Strong) from 1964 to 1995.
State of Play (2003)
Directed by David Yates, written by Paul Abbott, and starring some of the best actors in the county, this six part thriller followed the newspaper investigation into the death of a politician’s mistress that is more than it seems to be.
Bleak House (2005)
Andrew Davies takes one of Charles Dickens less well known works and turned it into a weekly soap starring, well, every living British actor. But it is Gillian Anderson who steals the show as the icy Lady Dedlock.
Red Riding (2009)
This three part adaptation of David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet will put you off ever going to Yorkshire.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015)
They said that Susanna Clarke’s mammoth novel about rival magicians during the Napoleonic Wars, was unfilmable. Writer Peter Harness and director Toby Haynes proved them wrong.