10 Things to Watch While Waiting for Downton Abbey's Return

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Downton Abbey withdrawal? We feel you. While this show's U.K. fans have already enjoyed season five across the pond, we American Anglophiles await its January 5 return to PBS Masterpiece Theater.

In between practicing our British accents and convincing ourselves that Matthew Crawley is simply taking a post-crash nap, we've put together a list of the 10 miniseries and movies to curb your Downton Abbey cravings.

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Pride and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice BBC
Obviously there's more than one Pride and Prejudice film adaptation out there, and depending on the depth of your love affair with Jane Austen, the BBC, or Colin Firth, you will most likely prefer one over another. For the die-hard Anglophile, it's BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, which has a run-time of five hours. But for Hollywood latecomers, the glossy (and glossed over) Focus Films Production starring Keira Knightly is an easier sell -- plus it's only two hours long.

Sense and Sensibility
Not surprisingly, there's more than one Jane Austen film adaptation on this list. Sense and Sensibility stars all the usual British suspects, including Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman (a.k.a Professor Snape). This Oscar-nominated film directed by Ang Lee follows the story of two sisters who are complete opposites but share one thing in common: They just can't catch a break.



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