Please come and praise (or disparage if you must) Jane Austen (et al.).
What do you think of the BBC's version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? What about Emma (with Gweneth Paltrow)? Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility?
Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (with Rupert Evrett and Jeremy Northam)and The Importance of Being Earnest? Masterpiece Theater's version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre?
The BBC's version of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, Wives and Daughters, and (most recently) Cranford?
I'll start with one: One of my personal favorites North an South--a viewing of which must be accompanied by a reading of the book. The way that Gaskell understood the complexities of the time as well as the interior life of her characters is something to be marvelled at!
Don't you agree?