Today's Joanna Page - and also, in a blog crossover first, Lambert Gold - is The Cazalets, a mini-series from 2001 based on 'The Cazalet Chronicles' by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Now, you may - or may not - have noticed that in many TV programmes there feature a certain group of people called 'women'. More often than not, particularly in period dramas, they're there to serve specific plot functions: to encourage/discourage the hero; to make tea; to bring up the children; and to be decorative and fallen in love with.
However, many noted scholars, intellectuals and TV producers are coming to the conclusion that these secondary characters could have emotions and feelings of their own; they could have their own viewpoints and opinions; they could even, in time, become the heroes - 'heroines' perhaps? - of some stories.
It was one such rebel faction, led by actress Joanna Lumley and producer Verity Lambert, who decided in 1998 to adapt 'The Cazalet Chronicles' as a mini-series. Convinced that a story of the various women and girls in the Cazalet family during the 30s and 40s could be as interesting as any similar tale about men, they scratched together co-funding from the BBC and WGBH.
An at-times grim tale that shows all the miseries that could befall even well-off women back in the 'good old days', the only real problem with the 2001 production is that they never had a chance to finish it.