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 5 Period Dramas in 2018
- Phantom Thread
- Victoria S2
- Mary Shelley
- Mary Queen of Scots
- Mary Poppins Returns
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. (trailer)
? 2018 US / 5 Jan 2018 UK – The Current War (movie)
About Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Also starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen.
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.
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.
Jan 2018 US (Ovation) / UK (Alibi) / 25 Sept 2017 @ 8pm Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S11 (TV series)
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.
Feb 2018 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S5 (TV series)
10 x 1-hour episodes.
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.
23 March 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).
6 July 2018 UK – Mary Shelley / A Storm in the Stars (movie)
The romance between Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (portrayed by Elle Fanning) and poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), which inspired Mary to write Frankenstein.
12 July 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!
2 Nov 2018 US / UK – Mary Queen of Scots (movie)
This movie will be written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors) and stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary.
16 Nov 2018 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (movie)
25 Dec 2018 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S7: Christmas Special (TV series)
25 Dec 2018 – 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 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3: Christmas Special (TV mini series)
2018 Dates TBC
2018 US – 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.
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 – 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!
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!
2018 – ITV’s The Durrells S3 (TV series)
Set in 1937.
2018 – Las Chicas del Cable S3 / Cable Girls (TV series)
2018 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S7 (TV series)
2018 UK – ITV’s Endeavour S5 (TV series)
With 6 episodes.
2018 – The Favourite (movie)
Focuses on the politics behind the scenes of Queen Anne’s reign.
2018 UK / US – Harlots S2 (TV series)
2018 UK – CBBC’s Hetty Feather S4 (TV series)
2018 US (Starz) / 12 Nov 2017 @ 9pm 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.
2018 UK – Jamestown S2 (TV series)
2018 US/Canada / UK (BBC2) – The Last Kingdom S3 (TV Series)
2018 US/Canada (PBS) / 25 Dec 2017 UK (BBC) – Little Women (TV Miniseries)
A three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel.
2018 US – Lizzie (movie)
A thriller about Lizzie Borden who murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. Starring Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, etc.
2018 – 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.
Autumn 2018 Italy (Rai 1) / 2018 UK/Ireland/Canada/US (Netflix) – Medici: Masters of Florence S2 (TV series)
Set 20 years after the end of S1 and focusing on Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo Medici.
2018 US/Canada (PBS) / 25 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 US – New Amsterdam (movie)
About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
2018 US – 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.
2018 US – Starz’s Outlander S4 (TV series)
Based on Outlander: Drums of Autumn.
2018 – BBC2’s Peaky Blinders S5 (TV Series)
2018 – Peterloo (movie)
Set in 1819 about the Peterloo Massacre in St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England when the Cavalry attacked a peaceful protest.
2018 – BBC1’s Poldark S4 (TV Series)
2018 – Queen Charlotte (TV Series)
Series on Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, who discovers she has ‘Moorish ancestry’.
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 – BBC One (UK) – Taboo S2 (TV series)
2018 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3 (TV mini series)
- BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8 (TV series)
- 25 Dec 2019 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8: Christmas Special (TV series)
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)
- 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.
- NBC’s The Gilded Age (TV movie?)
Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) was commissioned to pen a series for NBC in February 2013. IMDB has it down as a TV movie. Set in late 19th Century (1880’s) New York 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.
- Televise 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(movie)
- Mary Barton (TV)
- Maria Theresia (TV Miniseries)
Two episodes (each 2 hours long) in Czech, German, Slovak, and Hungarian about the Hapsburg Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa.
- 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)
- 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. (trailer)
- The Stolen (movie)
Set in 1860’s New Zealand about a wealthy upper class English immigrant who goes to NZ to find her kidnapped baby son.
- The Sword in the Stone (movie)
A live-action film of the Disney cartoon.
- ITV2’s Timewasters (TV mini series)
Comedy set in South London during the 1920’s about a group of 4 young Black men who time travel to the past and realise it’s not as ‘glamorous’ as Downton Abbey had led them to believe.
- 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.
- 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).
- Vivaldi (movie)
- Wolf Hall S2 (TV series)
Viewers may have to wait at least 2 years before S2 comes out. Readers will have to wait until Hilary Mantel publishes the final book, ‘The Mirror and the Light’, at the end of the year!
- 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.