Wonderful range of actors, some new to me, some familiar from other period dramas, great melodramatic plot with dynamic depth, wonderful costumes and sets that don't upstage the actors, and historical context that begins in 1815 and jumps midway through E1 to the 1840s. Fine acting and direction saves this production from being a mere soap opera. Very absorbing, compelling, just what is needed now to distract for a few moments from the horror of the pandemic all around us. Giving it 5 stars despite the following QUESTION/QUIBBLE: How on earth do we watch the entire series?? How about episode 2, not to speak of binge watching the entire series?! Where are the rest of the episodes? How many are there?? Where is the next one? Can't rent, can't purchase on Amazon. Not signing up for Epix for $6 a month, can't justify paying for yet another streaming service for just one series.