I have to admit, I'm a sucker for romantic dramas, but particularly those made by the BBC. Those Brits know how to do suppressed romantic attraction oh so very well. And Jane Austen novels are particularly well-suited for such.
I have watched this series over and over, and I'm as delighted each time as if it were the first. It's quite the ultimate, and my absolute favorite. (sigh) And, of course, the novel is one of my all-time favorite books. (I was a bit disappointed with the recent film version. It just can't compare to the mini-series.)
I also adored "Sense and Sensibility".... the 1995 film is wonderful, but the book is fantastic! Another Jane Austen-put-to-film-favorite of mine is Persuasion. Emma was, of course, delightful, but Mansfield Park was just OK.
But last night I watched this, and I must say Elizabeth Gaskell's novel could give ol' Jane a run for her money in the repressed attraction department. I quite enjoyed it, and heartily recommend it, though I think nothing will ever take the place of "Pride and Prejudice" in my sappy, romantic heart. (sigh)
And as for leading men, no one can hold a candle to Colin Firth. (sigh, sigh, sigh) I think I would watch him in just about anything, but here are a few I can recommend. (I tried to put these in order, but I couldn't.... they are all excellent. However, Pride and Prejudice is definitely #1.) So, go rent one today.
Pride and Prejudice (did I mention I love this?)
The Importance of Being Earnest
Bridget Jones's Diary*
A Month in the Country
*I can only recommend these if they are the edited versions that I saw.