The Story of the Costume Drama

2008, TV Show

A history of television costume dramas, also known as period and historical dramas, charting the evolution of the genre over the last 50 years. Included are interviews with actors, directors, writers and location managers.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 1/17/2011

Season 1, Episode 5
Costume dramas spawned an army of dashing heroes in uniform, but not all fought with the aplomb of Sharpe or Horatio Hornblower. The Monocled Mutineer opened a controversial chapter of WWI and A Piece of Cake's flying stunts rewrote the Battle of Britain.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 1/10/2011

Season 1, Episode 4
The pursuit of high production values drove costume dramas into real castles and countryside. Castle Howard appeared in Brideshead Revisited, Cornwall lent local color to Poldark, and a Lithuanian river became the Thames for Helen Mirren's Elizabeth I.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 1/3/2011

Season 1, Episode 3
The "bodice rippers" of the 1990s helped costume dramas shed their staid reputation as quickly as characters doffed their period garb. Colin Firth's wet-shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice and the romps of Moll Flanders lead the saucy literary adaptations.

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 12/27/2010

Season 1, Episode 2
Costume dramas ignited young performers' careers and benefited from the glow of established stars. Alex Kingston's Moll Flanders led her to ER, and Keira Knightley's Lara in Doctor Zhivago got Hollywood calling.

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Premiered: December 01, 2008, on ITV
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Premise: A history of television costume dramas, also known as period and historical dramas, charting the evolution of the genre over the last 50 years. Included are interviews with actors, directors, writers and location managers.

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