Based on Winifred Holtby's novel, South Riding is a Masterpiece Theatre number that just came out on DVD. It's kind of like the baby of Jane Eyre and The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. It was written by the uber-prolific Andrew Davies who has written everything under the sun save The Bible.
"In 1930s Yorkshire, a spirited new headmistress brings inspiration and modern ideas to an all girls' school and shakes up the more conservative-minded residents of South Riding." -IMDB Website
Check out the South Riding preview.
Post Snark: Like Jane Eyre, there's a madwoman in the attic (well actually she's on the top floor).