I just finished watching North & South the 4 part BBC Mini Series. It was beautiful, and wonderful, and you should go watch it. Like Downton Abbey, it's rich in historical issues and customs. It focuses on Mr. Thornton, a cotton mill owner, and Margret Hale, a Northern newcomer from the South. It shows the plight of cotton workers and the risky business of industry. Parts of it I have to admit are very sad, but the ending is completely worth it.