It’s set in 1946 on the island of Guernsey. 

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We’ll just go ahead and say it: This new movie looks utterly delightful. It’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and it’s based on a 2008 historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s a charming and romantic foray into midcentury England that’s brought to us by Netflix and stars some of our favorite British actors (many of whom you’ll recognize from past episodes of Downton Abbey).

The film stars Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella, War and Peace) as Juliet Ashton, a London-based author who’s tired of writing absurd stories under a pseudonym. She soon sets her sights on the island of Guernsey, a self-governing island attached to the British crown that's located in the English Channel near Normandy. She travels there after receiving a letter informing her of the existence of the island’s Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club established during the German occupation of World War II. Ashton decides to visit Guernsey in order to learn about the society and eventually write about it; in the process, she meets the society’s fascinating members and hears stories about their lives during the occupation. The stories are told through flashbacks and unravel a mystery that lingers during Ashton’s visit.

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The film also stars Michiel Huisman (Wild, Game of Thrones), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Stoker), Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice), Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Winter’s Tale), and Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman, The IT Crowd).

From midcentury London to the picturesque island of Guernsey, the landscapes in this gentle adaptation are as charming as the characters you'll meet there. You can stream the movie now on Netflix, and you can watch the trailer here. If you’d like to read the novel on which the film is based, you can find it on Amazon and at Indiebound.

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What historical dramas have been capturing your imagination lately? Let us know if you watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and what you think of it.