I had wanted to catch the BBC versions of the Jane Austen movies when they were on Masterpiece Theater on PBS. Unfortunately, I missed a couple. So, at my first opportunity, I rented Persuasion from Netflix. I had seen an earlier version, but I think this(2007) was far superior. My romantic inclinations were definitely satisfied.

I’ve been told to study movies and their structure to help in the writing of fiction because you can watch them in a shorter time than reading a novel. And let me say my day was an enjoyable one “researching”.

The second time I watched it, I convinced my husband to watch it with me. Of course, he did not appreciate it nearly as much as I did. At the beginning of the DVD there were a few trailers of other BBC movies that I thought looked interesting. I found one of them on Netflix for immediate play. When I started it I didn’t realize it was a 4 hour movie. But once I started it I couldn’t stop.

What was the movie? It was one I had never heard of before–Daniel DeRonda written by George Eliot. And may I say it was one of the best movies I’ve seen. I loved every minute of it. Hugh Dancy, the actor who played Daniel DeRonda, was perfect for his role.

I watched another movie today called North and South (not about the U. S. Civil War Movie, but a British movie). I loved it so much that I stayed up until 12:00 am watching it (another 4 hour movie–and I like to go to bed at 9:00 pm).

What do these movies have in common:

Set in England

Great Romantic Stories


Great looking men.

If you like romance from the 1800s set in England, then certainly watch those movies.