The costumes in period dramas are opulent and highly memorable, shaping how we think of the royal family beyond the screen.
Writers did it themselves back in the 19th-century so modern period dramas should be cut some slack for trying to prioritise modern aesthetic tastes over historical accuracy.
JG Farell’s novel mocks the delusions and vanity of imperial attitudes that persisted even as the empire collapsed.
Many viewers think that the recent adaptation of Vanity Fair plays fast and loose with Thackeray’s novel. But the writer was surprisingly modern.
Cast as some unworldly young woman who wrote a 19th-century romance, Emily Brontë is more powerful and relevant than she is given credit for.
True crime drama focuses on the inequality and degradation of working-class women in service in the 19th century.