We’re a month away from 2018 and that means it’s time to see the list of period dramas / historical dramas / costume dramas (with a specific time period) coming to our screens!
Since the Period Dramas 2017 post took too long to update with all the links, I will no longer embed links to trailers in the post. You may, however, find some trailers added to Current & Upcoming Period Drama Trailers on my YouTube channel.
This list is in chronological order (alphabetical where no date is specified) by release date and will be updated as more period/costume dramas and release dates are known. These titles will also appear in Period Dramas – Movies and Period Dramas – TV series but please excuse the extreme lack of update at the moment. In the meantime, visit Period Dramas 2017 to catch up on this year’s films before the year’s over! Films that I have seen are rated out of 5 stars. I will continue to credit my readers who inform me of upcoming period dramas. Thank you very much for your help!
Top 10 Period Dramas in 2018
- Phantom Thread
- Victoria S2
- Call The Midwife S7
- Mary Shelley
- Poldark S4
- Outlander S4
- Versailles S3
- Mary Queen of Scots
- Mary Poppins Returns
Last updated: 4 June 2018
1 Jan 2018 UK / 25 Dec 2017 US – The Greatest Showman (movie)
Set during the 19th C in the US about showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman). Also starting Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, etc.
5 Jan 2018 UK / 26 Jan 2018 US – Hostiles (movie)
Set in 1892 about an Army captain who escorts a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
8 Jan 2018 UK (Alibi) / 9 Jan 2018 US (Ovation) / 25 Sept 2017 @ 8pm Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S11 (TV series) ★★★★★
Renewed for S12.
12 Jan 2018 Spain – La Peste / The Plague S1 (TV Series)
About the plague in Seville during the 16th Century. Renewed for S2.
12 Jan 2018 UK / 22 Nov 2017 US – Darkest Hour (movie)
Set during the beginning of WWII about Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) leading a charge against Adolf Hitler’s army. Starring Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, etc.
14 Jan 2018 Canada/US (PBS) / 27 Aug 2017 UK – ITV’s Victoria S2 (TV series) ★★★★★
8 episodes plus Christmas Special. Renewed for S3.
18 Jan 2018 UK (Amazon/Sky) – Britannia (TV Series)
10 episode drama set in 43 AD when the Roman army invades Britannia, then ruled by warrior queens and powerful Druids. Thank you @foreignrhythm!
19 Jan 2018 US ( Sundance Film Fest) – Lizzie (movie)
A thriller about Lizzie Borden who murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. Starring Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, etc.
22 Jan 2018 US (Sundance Film Fest) – Ophelia (movie / TV series)
Based on Lisa Klein’s novel of the same name, a spinoff of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Daisy Ridley has been cast as Ophelia and Naomi Watts as Queen Gertrude.
23 Jan 2018 UK (Alibi) / 6 Nov 2017 @ 10pm ET/7pm PT Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries (TV Series) ★★★★
11 episodes set in Toronto in 1921 about female detective Frankie Drake.
23 Jan 2018 US (Sundance Film Fest) – Damsel (movie)
A Western comedy starring Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson. Thank you, Jez!
25 Jan 208 India – Padmaavat(movie)
Set in medieval Rajasthan about the legendary Queen Padmavati. Thank you, MonsieurA!
2 Feb 2018 UK – Journey’s End (movie)
Based on the 1928 play set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918. Starring Sam Claflin, Tom Sturrridge, Toby Jones, etc.
2 Feb 2018 UK / 25 Dec 2017 US – Phantom Thread (movie)
Set in 1950’s London about renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis). This is to Day-Lewis’ final film.
9 Feb 2018 UK – Jamestown S2 (TV series)
14 Feb 2018 France – Return of the Hero / Le Retour du Heros (movie)
Comedy set in France in 1809 about a plan gone wrong. Thank you, MonsieurA!
18 Feb 2018 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S5 (TV series)
10 x 1-hour episodes, plus Christmas episode. Renewed for S6.
19 Feb 2018 US (Ovation) / 18 Feb 2015-2017 Canada – CBC’s X Company S1 (TV) ★★★★★
Ovation will air all 3 series (28 episodes). Set in Canada and Europe during WWII about an espionage camp.
16 Feb 2018 (Berlin Film Fest) – Black 47 (movie)
Set in Ireland in 1847 about an Irish Ranger who fights to save his family during the Great Famine. According to reader Geraldine, it’s “the worst year of the Great Hunger, the genocide formerly known as The Famine.” Cast includes Sarah Greene, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, etc. Thank you Geraldine!
2 March 2018 – Winchester(movie)
Victorian drama about a firearm heiress (Helen Mirren) who believes she’s being haunted by those killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
4 March 2018 – Legend of Cambria (TV Series)
7 episodes (42 min each) of a Medieval fantasy inspired by Celtic Lands. Available to view on https://legendofcambria.cambriausa.com.
7 March 2018 US (History) / 20 March 2018 UK (History) – History’s The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen (TV miniseries)
Four-part series on Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket, and Andrew Jackson.
15 March 2018 Germany – Der Hauptmann / The Captain (movie)
Based on the true story of a WWII German deserter who assumes the identity of a ruthless captain.
18 March 2018 UK – ITV’s The Durrells S3 (TV series)
Set in 1937.
25 March 2018 @ 8/7 c 2018 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) / 21 Jan 2018 UK – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S7 (TV series) ★★★★★
Set in 1963. New West Indian nurse Lucille Anderson joins Nonnatus House.
26 March 2018 US – AMC’s The Terror(TV Series)
Based on the novel of the same name by Dan Simmons about HMS Erebus’ and HMS Terror’s encounter with a supernatural predator in the Northwest Passage. Thank you hano!
31 March 2018 Canada (Netflix) / 22 Sept 2017 Spain – Velvet Colección (TV series)
Spin-off of Velvet with 10 hour-long episodes. Set in 1967. Ana and Alberto and their son Alberto return to Spain and open a second Velvet in Barcelona. Not sure why it’s a spin-off when it could easily be S5. Renewed for S2.
March 2018 – Bye Bye Germany (movie)
A comedy about Holocaust survivors trying to get to America.
1 April 2018 UK – Ordeal by Innocence (TV Miniseries)
3-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detective fiction set on Christmas Day 1954. Thank you hano!
4 April 2018 France / 1 Feb 2018 Germany – Mademoiselle Paradis (movie)
Set in 18th Century Vienna about a blind pianist.
4 April 2018 US (Starz) / 12 Nov 2017 UK (BBCOne) – Howards End (TV miniseries)
Four part drama based on E.M. Forster’s novel of the same name about social and class divisions in early 20th Century England. Starring Hayley Attwell, Matthew Macfadyen, etc. Filmed in London and nearby.
6 Apr 2018 US / 9 Mar 2018 UK / 25 Jan 2018 Australia – Sweet Country (movie) Just added!
Australian Western set in 1929 about racism.
19 April 2018 Canada (Netflix) / 22 Jan 2018 US – TNT’s The Alienist (TV Series) ★★★★★
Set in New York in 1896 about a crime reporter who teams up with a psychologist to catch a serial killer. Starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruehl, Luke Evans, etc.
19 April Canada (Netflix) / 21 March 2017 Germany – Charité (TV Series)
Six episodes about the German physicians and scientists at the Charité Hospital in Berlin.
20 April 2018 UK – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (movie)
Based on the novel of the same name about a writer who writes about the book club, which was founded during the German occupation of Guernsey.
20 April 2018 US / 30 June 2016 Germany – Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free (Movie)
Biography of Russian-born psychoanalyst from the late-19th Century.
22 April 2018 UK – BBC One’s The Woman in White (TV mini series)
5-part Victorian thriller adapted from Wilkie Collins’ novel of the same name. Starring Jessie Buckley, Charles Dance, etc.
4 May 2018 US / 6 Dec 2017 France – Les Gardiennes / The Guardians (movie)
About the women left behind to tend the family farm during WWI.
7 May 2018 UK – CBBC’s Hetty Feather S4 (TV series)
7 May 2018 US (Ovation) / 18 Feb 2015-2017 Canada – CBC’s X Company S2 (TV)
Set in Canada and Europe during WWII about an espionage camp.
11 May 2018 US / 18 May 2018 Canada – The Seagull (movie)
An adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play of the same name. Set in 1892. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, Annette Bening, etc.
13 & 20 May 2018 US/Canada (PBS) / 25 Dec 2017 UK (BBC) – Little Women (TV Miniseries) ★★★
A three-part (2-part for PBS) adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel.
23 May 2018 France / 27 Oct 2016 – In Guerra per amore / Bienvenue en Sicile (movie)
Romantic comedy set in 1943.
23 May 2018 Spain / Global (Netflix) – Atena 3’s La Catedral del Mar (TV Series)
13 episodes (75 min each) based on the novel by Idelfoso Falcones (Cathedral of the Sea). Set in 14th Century Barcelona during the Inquisition and the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar. Thank you, Andrea M!
1 June 2018 Spain / 19 May 2018 France (Cannes Film Festival) – The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (movie)
Time travel film from the 21st Century to the 17th Century. Don Quixote mistakes an advertising executive for Sancho Panza.
4 June 2018 @ 9pm (BBC Two) / 23 April 2018 France (Canal) / 6 Oct 2018 US (Ovation) – Versailles S3 (TV series)
10 June 2018 UK – BBC1’s Poldark S4 (TV Series)
Runs until Christmas 1799.
17 Jun 2018 Canada (CBC) – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S4 (TV series)
10 x 1-hour episodes.
24 June 2018 US (PBS) / 4 Feb 2018 UK – ITV’s Endeavour S5 (TV series)
With 6 episodes set in 1968.
29 June 2018 UK / 24 Aug 2018 US – The Bookshop (movie)
Based on the novel of the same name. Set in Hardborough, Suffolk in 1959.
29 Jun 2018 US – Woman Walks Ahead (movie)
Set in the 1890’s about portrait painter Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain) who goes to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull. Thank you Tracy!
6 July 2018 UK / 25 May 2018 US – Mary Shelley (movie)
The romance between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (portrayed by Elle Fanning) and poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), which inspired Mary to write Frankenstein.
11 Jul 2018 US (Hulu ) / UK (ITV Encore) – Harlots S2 (TV series)
3 Aug 2018 US / 17 Aug 2018 UK – Christopher Robin (movie)
Set around 1940’s-50’s about grown-up Christopher Robin.
21 Sept 2018 US / 25 Jan 2019 UK – Colette (movie)
Set at the end of the 19th to early 20th Century about French novelist Colette (Keira Knightley) who had been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
26 Sept 2018 France – Un peuple et son roi / One Nation, One King (movie)
The French Revolution told from the ordinary people’s point of view.
Oct 2018 – Netflix / Discovery Canada’s Frontier S3 (TV Series)
2 Nov 2018 UK – Peterloo (movie)
Set in 1819 about the Peterloo Massacre in St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England when the Cavalry attacked a peaceful protest.
16 Nov 2018 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (movie)
21 Nov 2018 – Robin Hood (movie)
Taron Egerton (Testament of Youth) as Robin Hood, Eve Hewson (The Knick) as Maid Marian, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet (rumoured).
23 Nov 2018 US / 1 Jan 2019 UK – The Favourite (movie)
Focuses on the politics behind the scenes of Queen Anne’s reign. Starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill.
30 Nov 2018 UK – Wuthering Heights (movie)
An adaptation by Elisaveta Abraham with Shari Morris as Catherine Earnshaw and Paul Eryk Atlas as Heathcliff. Thank you Vicki!
November 2018 US – Starz’s Outlander S4 (TV series)
Based on Outlander: Drums of Autumn. Renewed for S5 & S6.
7 Dec 2018 US / 18 Jan 2019 UK – Mary Queen of Scots (movie)
This movie will be written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors) and stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary.
12 Dec 2018 France – Remi Sans Famille (movie)
An adaptation of the 1878 French novel by Hector Malot. Thank you Vanessa!
21 Dec 2018 UK / 25 Dec 2018 US – Mary Poppins Returns (movie)
Set in Depression-era London, 20 years after the original movie, Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, whilst Emily Mortimer is grown Jane Banks and Ben Whishaw is grown Michael Banks.
25 Dec 2018 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S7: Christmas Special (TV series)
25 Dec 2018 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3: Christmas Special (TV mini series)
? Dec 2018? Worldwide – Netflix’s The Crown S3 (TV Series)
Set during the 1970’s with Olivia Coleman replacing Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham-Carter replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.
2018 Period Dramas – Dates TBC
2018 US – Ashes in the Snow (movie)
Based on the novel by Ruta Sepetys. Set in 1941 about an aspiring artist and her family who are deported to Siberia.
2018 – Aspern Papers (movie)
Based on Henry James’ novella set in Venice in 1885. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, etc.
2018 UK (ITV) / Summer 2018 Canada/US (BritBox) – The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (TV Mini series)
A spin-off of the original series with four stories told in two episodes. Set in 1956, Millie and Jean travel to SF to join two US code-breakers in solving some murder cases. Currently filming in Vancouver, Canada.
2018 – Las Chicas del Cable S3 / Cable Girls (TV series)
? 2018 US / 2018 UK – The Current War (movie)
About Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Also starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen.
2018 – Judy (movie)
Set in Winter 1968 about Judy Garland’s last concerts in London. Starring Renee Zellweger.
Summer 2018 UK (History) / 6 Dec 2017 US/Canada (History) – Knightfall (TV Series)
2018 Worldwide (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S3 (TV Series)
2018 UK – BBC’s Les Miserables(TV mniseries)
A non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name. Thank you, Maria!
2018 – Amazon’s Man in the High Castle S3 (TV Series)
2018? – The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot(movie)
2018 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel S2 (TV Series)
Musical/comedy about 1950’s housewife turned stand-up comedian. S1 streamed on 29 Nov 2017.
2018 UK – Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters (movie)
A biopic on English fossil collector, Mary Anning, during the 19th Century. Filming to be completed by summer 2018.
Autumn 2018 Italy (Rai 1) / 2018 UK/Ireland/Canada/US (Netflix) – Medici: Masters of Florence S2 / Medici: Masters of Florence The Magnificent (TV series)
Set 20 years after the end of S1 and focusing on Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo Medici.
2018 US/Canada (PBS) / 26 & 27 Dec 2017 UK – BBC’s The Miniaturist (TV miniseries)
Adaptation of Jessie Burton’s novel of the same name set in 1686 in Amsterdam. Starring Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy.
2018? Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S12 (TV series)
2018 US – New Amsterdam (movie)
About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
2018 – BBC2’s Peaky Blinders S5 (TV Series)
2018 – A Place to Call Home S6 (TV Series)
2018 – Project Blue Book (TV series)
Set in 1951 about UFO investigations.
2018 – Queen Charlotte (TV Series)
Series on Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, who discovers she has ‘Moorish ancestry’.
2018 – Red Joan(movie)
Judi Dench stars as Joan Stanley, the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Thank you, MonsieurA!
2018 – The Red Man’s View (movie)
Set during the American Civil War about a small Native American Shoshone Band who are forced from their land.
2018 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3 (TV mini series)
2018 (ITV / Amazon Prime) – ITV’s Vanity Fair (TV Miniseries)
Another adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray with 7 episodes. Thank you hano!
2018 Spain – Velvet Colección S2 (TV series)
2018 UK – ITV’s Victoria S3 (TV series)
2018/2019? – Vikings S6 (TV Series)
2018 UK – Vita and Virginia (movie)
Film adaptation of Vita and Virginia, Eileen Atkins’s fictional account of the friendship and affair of writers Virginia Woolf (Eva Green) and Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton).
2018 UK – BBC One’s War of the Worlds (TV Mini Series)
Three-part adaptation of H.G. Wells’ book of the same name set in the Edwardian era.
2018 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S6 (TV series)
10 x 1-hour episodes.
2019 Period Dramas
- 2018 US / 1 Mar 2019 UK – The Aftermath (movie)
Set in Hamburg, Germany just after WWII, about a British colonel and his wife and the German widower who lives with them. Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, etc.
- BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8 (TV series)
- 25 Dec 2019 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8: Christmas Special (TV series)
- 2019 – NBC’s The Gilded Age (TV series)
Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) was commissioned to pen a series for NBC in February 2013. Set in New York in 1882 around the upper New York society, the series may even feature some Downton characters (several decades younger), such as the Dowager Countess, and Lord & Lady Grantham.
- 2019 US – Outlander S5 (TV series)
- 2019 Spain – La Peste / The Plague S2 (TV Series)
- 2019 UK (BBC One) – Taboo S2 (TV series)
Period Dramas In Development / Rumours
- 2020 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S9 (TV series)
- 25 Dec 2020 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S9: Christmas Special (TV series)
- 2020 – Outlander S6 (TV series)
- Catherine the Great (movie)
Keira Knightley is rumoured to play Catherine the Great.
- US – Charlotte (TV mini-series)
Set in the South before the Civil War.
- The Chess Machine (movie)
- The Custom of the Country (TV movie)
Adapted from Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel.
- BBC’s Dangerous Liaisons (TV)
- Downton Abbey Feature Film (movie)
There’s a script!
- Emma and Nelson (movie)
- Emperor (movie)
Epic drama about a young girl who seeks revenge on Holy Roman Emperor Charles V after the death of her father.
- Empire Rising (movie)
An adaptation of Thomas Kelly’s novel set in 1930’s Manhattan.
- Flying Horse (movie)
About photographer Eadweard Muybridge following the affair between his wife and another man.
- Televisa USA’s Gran Hotel (TV series)
A remake of Spain’s Gran Hotel but set in 1950’s (pre-Castro) Cuba.
- Harriet (movie)
About Harriet Tubman.
- Lady Detective (TV)
Based on the novel, The Revelations of a Lady Detective, from the Victorian era.
The Legend of William Tell
- Mary Barton (TV)
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Feature Film (movie)
- Mission to Paris (movie)
Based on the novel. Set in 1938 in Paris.
- The Other Typist (movie)
Set in 1924 in NYC at the height of Prohibition. Produced by and starring Keira Knightley.
- US – The Personal History of Rachel Dupree (movie)
Based on the novel of the same name by Ann Weisgarber about an African-American couple, Rachel and Isaac Dupree, who raise their family in a ranch in the Badlands, South Dakota during the early 1900’s. Starring Viola Davis, Quvenzhané Wallis, etc.
- BBC’s A Place of Greater Safety (TV)
Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction set during the French revolution.
- BBC1’s Poldark S5 (TV Series)
Set in 1810. Most likely series finale.
- Randi (Of Corset’s Mine) (movie)
- The Rising: 1916 (movie)
‘Follows the events that led famine Ireland to free Ireland – the 1916 Easter Rising Rebellion and the driving force behind it, Seán MacDiarmada, hero to Michael Collins.’ – IMDB. Cast includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Brendan Coyle, Fiona Shaw, Michael Neeson (as Michael Collins), Colin Morgan, David O’Hara, etc.
- The Serpent and the Moon (TV)
Julian Fellowes will pen a TV adaptation of Princess Michael of Kent’s novel about Catherine de Medici, Henri II of France, and Diane de Poitiers.
- 2018? UK (BBC One) / US (HBO) – Shibden Hall (TV series)
Eight part drama set in West Yorkshire in 1832 about lesbian landowner Anne Lister who seeks a wife. Based on her 4 million word coded diary. Series begins filming next year in Yorkshire.
- It’s Showtime Siberia! (movie)
Based on a true story and set during the Great War. Stars Gerard Depardieu, Sarah Bolger, Jamie Campbell-Bower, etc.
- The Sword in the Stone (movie)
A live-action film of the Disney cartoon.
- Velikaya S2 (TV series)
About Catherine the Great from 1762-1775. To be followed by a 3rd series.
- Velikaya S3 (TV series)
About Catherine the Great from 1775-1796.
- Rai’s Velvet (TV Series)
Italy’s remake of Spain’s Velvet.
- Vivaldi (movie)
- Wolf Hall S2 (TV series)
Readers will have to wait until Hilary Mantel publishes the final book, ‘The Mirror and the Light’, possibly in 2019!