Masterpiece Theater does it again. This time, Winifred Holtby's South Riding", set in a Yorkshire town during the depression has been made into a 3 part series.
It is a fantastic show and I can only imagine that the original book would make for a very good read. Hope this link works so that you can get the flavour of "South Riding".
This piece aired a while ago, but sometimes they bring things back. Part II of Downton Abbey is to continue in January 2012.