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The queen gets what she wants. (Young Victoria photo still)
The queen gets what she wants. (The Young Victoria/Sony)

It’s that heartwarming time of year that only rolls around once. You guessed it, it’s time to get cozy on the couch with that special loved one – yep, your laptop – and check out some heated scenes from British costume dramas.

The Young Victoria

The new bride (Emily Blunt) doesn’t have time to take a proper honeymoon, being the Queen of England and all, but her adoring husband Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) makes the best of their three days together.

Jane Eyre

Governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) had a rocky life but never complained nor did she expect anything. She kept her head down, but Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender), her employer, noticed her.


Long before Rupert Graves was Lestrade on Sherlock, he appeared in this Merchant/Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster‘s Maurice, his novel of forbidden gay romance in Edwardian England. This clip features Maurice (James Wilby) declaring his love to Alec (Graves) in one of the film’s climactic scenes.


Robbie (James McAvoy) finds Cecelia (Keira Knightley) in the library where they can have a quiet moment before the chaos erupts outside the privacy of those four walls.

The Other Boleyn Girl

It can be too difficult  for the King of England (Eric Bana) to seduce a young woman but in this case he does put in some nice effort with Mary Boleyn  (Scarlett Johansson).


Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) fascinates the ladies with his fire and and passion which could be considered desperate but romantic.

The Hour

Married TV anchor Hector (Dominic West) runs after producer Bel (Romola Garai) to protect her from the rain, proclaiming to be a “gentleman”.


Maud’s (Elaine Cassidy) maid Sue (Sally Hawkins) teaches the heiress what to expect on her wedding night to Mr. Rivers (Rupert Evans).

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) reluctantly accepts a dance from Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), but once on the floor the sparks fly.

North and South
(Spoiler Alert: Final Scene)

Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) uses both hands to embrace Margaret Hale’s (Daniela Denby-Ashe) face, pulling her in for a kiss.

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By Brigid Brown