The Greatest Stories Ever Told 

Costume dramas have shaped television tastes of today through explosive stories of yesteryear. Edward & Mrs. Simpson rankled royals and the issues seen in Upstairs, Downstairs resulted in a partial ban in the States.


Jason Beresford


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Episode complete credited cast:
Keeley Hawes ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Andrews ... Himself
Stephanie Beacham ... Herself
Christopher Biggins ... Himself
Jennie Bond Jennie Bond ... Herself
Andrew Davies Andrew Davies ... Himself
Lesley-Anne Down ... Herself
Kathryn Flett Kathryn Flett ... Herself
Barbara Flynn ... Herself
David Giles David Giles ... Himself
Michael Grade Michael Grade ... Himself
Susan Hampshire ... Herself
Cynthia Harris ... Herself
John Hurt ... Himself
Derek Jacobi ... Himself


An overview of the genre, from its beginnings with swashbuckling series The Adventures of Robin Hood to classic period dramas such as The Forsyte Saga, Upstairs Downstairs and Brideshead Revisited. This episode traces the changes the genre has undergone in its 50 year history and speaks to stars of the shows featured including Susan Hampshire, Timothy West, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Anthony Andrews, Alex Kingston and Art Malik. We also speak to those involved behind the cameras including directors, screenwriters and commissioners - as well as TV critics and journalists. Written by Anonymous

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1 November 2008 (UK) See more »

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