Favorite Thing #1:
If you watch a lot of other period dramas based on books, you would might appreciate this mini-series a little better if you can compare it to something else. That's as much of a disclaimer as I'll give for talking up this mini-series. The screenwriter, Sandy Welch, did an FANTASTIC job--in my book, she is now in second place for adapting books into movies after Andrew Davies. Furthermore, each of the characters was well acted, the soundtrack was really moving, and I loved the balance of romance, social commentary, and other conflicts that were resolved over the four episodes.
I like what I like because I like it. So just watch it and thank me later. =)