Berkeley Square is a lovely historical drama. Solid acting, interesting storylines with twists and unexpected turns and sumptuous costumes. Everything you want to see in this kind of television show.
The story follows the lives of three young women who work as Nannies for posh families in Mayfair. Forthright Mattie is an experienced Nanny who has her hands full with hostile colleagues, demanding employers and children who don't always treat her with the respect she deserves. Lydia is the farm girl who wants a better life and gets more than she bargains for working under thetyrannical(but with a heart of gold) Nanny Collins. How will she cope when the son of the Lord takes an unhealthy interest in her? Hannah is the third and she has a terrible secret. Can she provide for her baby son and protect the children she is looking after from the vicious Nanny Simmons?
There are some pretty racy storylines, unusual for period drama. Infanticide, sexual harassment, child abuse, adultery, class war it's all there. When i was shows like this it makes me very glad I didn't live during this period. Yes, the clothes are fabulous but the working conditions were truly terrible and no protection anywhere.
It's hilarious to see some well established faces in the earlier days. Hermione Norris, who went on to portray the icy spy Ros Meyers in spooks, plays a distant Lady of the House, having an illicit affair with a dashing officer and neglecting her children.
Jason O'Mara is terrific in this early role, much more natural than i some of his later roles.
I've not seen any of the three leads in anything since which is a shame because they're all talented actresses.
I would echo other calls that there should have been a second season as the final episode finishes on an as yet unanswered cliff hanger. As Lady Isobel would see, how utterly mean. It really is too bad.