The BBC and ITV have been producing adaptations of classic literature for over half a century now.
If you’re looking for a classic British mini-series to entertain a loved one this Christmas, we’ve selected some of the all-time classic period drama DVD box sets available on Amazon.
Classic English Literature – Volume 1
This 5-disc box set from Masterpiece contains the BBC’s adaptations of Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Northanger Abbey.
Classic English Literature – Volume 2
This 5-disc box set from Masterpiece includes the BBC’s adaptations of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mansfield Park, The Turn of the Screw and A Room with a View.
The Charles Dickens Collection
This 6-disc box set features the BBC’s adaptations of Oliver Twist, Martin Chuzzlewit, Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, The Signalman, Hard Times and Great Expectations.
The George Eliot Collection
This 5-disc box set contains the BBC’s adaptations of Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, Silas Marner, Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss.
Jane Austen – The Complete Collection
This 6-disc set includes the BBC’s adaptations of Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice and Northanger Abbey from the 1970s-80s.
The Forsyte Saga – The Complete Series
This 4-disc set contains every episode of The Forsyte Saga.
Pride and Prejudice – The Complete Mini-series
2-disc set contains the BBC’s complete 1995 mini-series, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
Upstairs Downstairs – The Ultimate Collection
This 26-disc set includes all five original seasons of Upstairs Downstairs, plus bonus material and the spin-off Thomas & Sarah.
Poldark – The Complete Collection
This 8-disc set contains all 29 episodes from the original 1970s adaptation of Poldark.
The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection
This 7-disc set features the BBC’s adaptations of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels Cranford, Wives & Daughters and North & South.
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