'Berkeley Square,' The Complete Series: Secrets and Romance! (2024)

Berkeley Squareis a period drama series full of fabulous female characters and swoony romance.

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No matter how much we enjoy the new period dramas, sometimes it’s just as lovely to revisit past period drama series. One of these is BBC’sBerkeley Squareseries, an excellent late ’90s period drama. It follows three nannies in the upscale London neighborhood known as Berkeley Square.

One of these women is Matilda ‘Matty’ Wickham (Clare Wilkie), a straight-arrow following the rules. The St. John family newly employs Matty. Victoria St. John (Hermione Norris) is a woman bored with her husband, and to fill the void, she sets her sights on winning the attention of the charming Captain Mason (William Scott-Masson).

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Elsewhere, Hannah Randall (Victoria Smurfit) is desperate to find employment, while also keeping the secret that would remove her from polite society. She is hired as a nanny to the Hutchinson family, where dark secrets lead to tragedy.

Then there’s the sweet country girl Lydia Weston (Tabitha Wady). Hopeful she’ll become learned, Lydia’s mother is pleased to see her employed in the happy home of Lord George Lamson-Scribener (Rupert Frazer) and his second wife, Lady Constance Lamson-Scribener (Briony Glassco). But then George’s adult son returns, wreaking havoc on the household.

Berkeley Square (1998) Complete Series Review

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I likely never watched this series before because it never earned a second series pickup. But in these ten hour-long installments, a cohesive and extraordinary story of vignettes unfolds. Though the production quality is notably dated, the most important things are intact. It tugs on my heartstrings, and each story draws you in, keeping you engaged.

Though I know little of the cast, everyone isimpressive. Victoria Smurfit is also fromIvanhoeand went on to star in TV shows likeDracula,Marcella,andOnce Upon a Time. Hermione Norris also has several TV shows to her name.

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Kate Williams and Rosemary Leach also appear, and then a young Jason O’Mara co-stars in a prominent role as a man trying to hide from a mistake. Whether or not you recognize names and faces, everyone does their character justice.

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Each of the three women (Matty, Lydia, and Hannah) has a different story unique to only them, and I appreciate this. The introduction of each thread could have had a better set up. The beginnings seem hurried, almost as if we’re in the middle of a story. But once the plot comes together, any unpleasant pacing vanishes.

But then episode six arrives, and everything begins to fall apart; each of the narratives has some form of a secret. These secrets increase the sense of foreboding as we hold our breath and root for those we love to find happiness.

In Conclusion: Berkeley Square Series

To sum it up, this is quality storytelling with heart-melting connections; solid friendships that you see grow; plights of children that will break your heart because of the neglect they suffer; and to complete everything, yes, there is a romance that will make you swoon.

If you like any of the older, classic BBC productions, you’ll enjoy Berkeley Square. There’s plenty of charm, and pretty costumes, quiet moments of contemplation, and characters to cheer on. The only caution is there isn’t a second series, and some things are left without a solid resolution. Still, this shouldn’t stop us from enjoying another stellar period drama.

Content Note: There’s an extramarital affair (non-graphic), and the implication of two children born out of wedlock. A man is shot, and there may be some other minor instances of innuendo. Nothing ever becomes graphic.

Where to Watch: Unfortunately, this series isn’t widely available. You can find it on DVD on Amazon in various regions, or a low-quality version of it is available on Youtube.

Have you seen this Berkeley Square series? What’s your favorite story/plot/character? (I love all the girls!) How would you write the rest of their stories? Would you like to see this one? Comment all of your thoughts down below.

(Photos: BBC)

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“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelingswillnot be repressed. You must allow me

totellyou how ardently I admire and love you.”

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FAQs

Is there a season 2 of Berkeley Square? ›

Apparently, there were plans for a second season of Berkeley Square, but this was never made! That, I think, is a pity, because there was more then enough potential for another ten episodes with Mattie, Hannah and Lydia.

How many series of Berkeley Square are there? ›

Berkeley Square (TV series)
Berkeley Square
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes10
Production
14 more rows

Did season 2 of you come out? ›

On December 16, 2019, the official trailer for the second season was released. The second season was released on December 26, 2019.

How many episodes are in season 2 of the other two? ›

Episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
Network
110Comedy Central
210HBO Max
310HBO Max / Max

Why is Berkeley Square famous? ›

The Square takes its name from the Berkeley family whose original London home, Berkeley House stood nearby until 1733. The Square has been the home to various well-known residents including Winston Churchill who lived at number 48, and PG Woodhouse's fictional character Bertie Wooster.

Who originally sang "A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square"? ›

The song was published in 1940, when it was first performed in the London revue New Faces by Judy Campbell (later the mother of Jane Birkin). In the same year it was also performed by both Ray Noble and then by Vera Lynn. The tune is a recurring theme in the Fritz Lang film Man Hunt (1941).

Is season 2 out for 1923? ›

The release date for 1923 Season 2 remains uncertain, hampered by delays from recent writers' and actors' strikes. Initial estimates aimed for late 2023 or 2024, but a June 2023 announcement indicated an indefinite delay post-strikes. With the strikes resolved, updates on the release date are awaited.

Who is playing Ellie in season 2? ›

HBO/Max has released the first look at Pedro Pascal's Joel and Bella Ramsey's Ellie in Season 2 of The Last of Us, and the scenery looks familiar.

Is season 2 of the ultimatum coming out? ›

In the meantime, the second season of The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (a.k.a. the heterosexual version) will be available on Netflix in a few months, with episodes 1-8 premiering August 23, and episodes 9 and 10 premiering on August 30.

What is Joe's name in season 2? ›

Joseph Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is a bookstore manager at Mooney's who stalks and dates Guinevere Beck in the first season. In the second season, he goes by the name Will Bettelheim and works as a bookstore clerk at Anavrin, and stalks and dates Love Quinn.

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