Readers Have Their Say: The 10 Greatest British TV Dramas of All-Time

2. North and South (2004)

This adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell‘s 19th century novel carved out a lead over Pride & Prejudice… of just one vote. (Wow.) The plots share only passing similarities: here, a Southern minister’s daughter (Daniela Denby-Ashe) fights an attraction to a repressed Northern cotton mill owner (MI-5‘s Richard Armitage) whom she initially disdains. The 2004 miniseries transformed Richard Armitage from a little-known stage and screen actor into one of Britain’s leading heartthrobs. (Own it on DVD.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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