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Downton Abbey withdrawls? 4 dramas that can help you make it 'til Sunday.

by Meagan, posted to TV, Movies & Music

Obsessed with Downton Abbey? Can hardly survive the week between new episodes? Get your period British aristocrat-domestic drama fix with these books and films:


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Upstairs Downstairs 2011

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I enjoyed the 2011 stylish remake of Upstairs Downstairs.

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The Remains Of The Day

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The quintessential Downton Abbey-esque period drama focusing on the help 'downstairs'.

Eden Godsoe: This is one of my husband's favorite movies of all times. I love it too but it pains me to watch the ending.

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Gosford Park

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This one's a must-watch -- written by Julian Fellowes, starring Maggie Smith and available on Netflix streaming!

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Berkeley Square

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Mattie, Lydia, and Hannah work as nannies for three different upper-class families in a posh London neighborhood in 1902. A fascinating look at family life and class distinction, taking place just ten years before we met Downton's inhabitants.

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Below Stairs

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The acclaimed memoir of Margaret Powell, who started out as a kitchen maid (like the naive Daisy) in 1920s England. This book is said to have inspired both Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey and might be the closest thing you'll get in book form.

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Wives and Daughters

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This 1999 adaptation of the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell is set in the 1830s, predating Downton by some 80 years - but you'll encounter lords and ladies, tradesmen and social climbers in this romantic drama. You'll recognize a few Downton actors, too, including Penelope Wilton (Isobel) and Iain Glen (Carlisle). Streams instantly on Netflix.

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Upstairs, Downstairs - The Original BBC Production

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Compared to Downton's beautiful scenery, the dark and dusty 1970s version of this classic BBC drama looks a little like they threw some old furniture onto the set of Dr. Who and called it good. But the class distinction, drama, and ultra-polite manners we love about Downton are all there. Streams from Amazon, free for Prime members.

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Eden Godsoe:

 I only started watching Downton Abbey a few months ago - got the season 1 & 2 discs and watched them in record time. I am now obsessed as is my husband. Thanks for the list - I need it!