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: 5 December 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 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!
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 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.
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.
11 March 2018 US – NBC’s Timeless S2 (TV series)
Three time-travellers from the 21st Century travel to different centuries and decades in American history to prevent a culprit from changing history. Will conclude with a 2-hour movie in December.
13 Mar 2018 UK (BBC One) / 8 Oct 2017 Australia – A Place to Call Home S5 (TV Series)
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.
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)
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 US / 30 June 2016 Germany – Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free (Movie)
Biography of Russian-born psychoanalyst from the late-19th Century.
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)
Renewed for S5.
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.
18 May 2018 – On Chesil Beach (movie)
Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. Set in 1962. Starring Soairse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, etc.
23 May 2018 France / 27 Oct 2016 – In Guerra per amore / Bienvenue en Sicile (movie)
Romantic comedy set in 1943.
23 May 2018 Spain / 31 Aug 2018 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.
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) ★★★★★
6 episodes set in 1968. Renewed for S6.
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.
7 July 2018 (Netflix) – Miseuteo Shunshain / Mr. Sunshine (TV series)
Set between 1900-1905 about a soldier who spent nearly 30 years in the US as a soldier who returns to Korea and falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter.
11 Jul 2018 US (Hulu ) / UK (ITV Encore) – Harlots S2 (TV series)
17 July 2018 UK (History) / 6 Dec 2017 US/Canada (History) – Knightfall (TV Series)
20 July 2018 US – Running for Grace (movie)
Set in 1920’s Hawaii about a young mixed-race man who falls in love with the daughter of a plantation owner.
3 Aug 2018 US / 17 Aug 2018 UK – Christopher Robin (movie)
Set around 1940’s-50’s about grown-up Christopher Robin.
5 Aug 2018 Canada (Netflix) / 1 Sept 2017 UK – Limehouse Golem (movie) ★★★★★
Crime thriller set in Victorian London based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel of the same name. Stars Bill Nighy.
10 Aug 2018 Canada (Netflix) / 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.
10 Aug 2018 Canada (Netflix) / 10 Sept 2017 US – Starz’s Outlander S3 (TV series) ★★★★★
13 episodes based on Outlander: Voyager.
17 Aug 2018 US / 24 Jan 2018 France – La douleur / Memoir of War (TV Series)
Based on the memoir by writer Marguerite Duras about her experiences in Paris during WWII.
19 Aug 2018 Australia – A Place to Call Home S6 (TV Series)
The series finale.
20 Aug 2018 US (Ovation) / 18 Feb 2015-2017 Canada – CBC’s X Company S3 (TV series) ★★★★★
The series finale.
20 Aug 2018 US (PBS online) / 23 Jan 2018 UK (Alibi) / 6 Nov 2017 @ 10pm ET/7pm PT Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S1 (TV Series) ★★★★
11 episodes set in Toronto in 1921 about female detective Frankie Drake. Renewed for S2.
24 Aug 2018 US / 29 June 2018 UK – The Bookshop (movie)
Based on the novel of the same name. Set in Hardborough, Suffolk in 1959.
26 Aug 2018 UK (FrightFest London) – The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (movie)
29 Aug 2018 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3 (TV mini series)
31 Aug 2018 UK / 21 Dec 2018 US – Zimna wojna / Cold War (movie)
Love story set during the Cold War in the 1950’s in Berlin, Paris, Yugoslavia, and Poland.
1 Sept 2018 @ 9pm UK (BBC Four) / 12 Jan 2018 Spain – La Peste / The Plague S1 (TV Series)
About the plague in Seville during the 16th Century. Renewed for S2.
2 Sept 2018 @ 9pm UK (ITV / Amazon Prime) / 19 Sept 2018 @ 9pm Canada (CBC) – ITV’s Vanity Fair (TV Miniseries) ★★★★
Another adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray with 7 episodes. Thank you hano!
7 Sept 2018 Canada (TIFF) – Sgaawaay K’uuna / Edge of the Knife (movie)
Haida-spoken film set in Haida Gwaii in the 1800’s about a man who turns into a supernatural being.
7 Sept 2018 Worldwide (Netflix) – Las Chicas del Cable S3 / Cable Girls (TV series)
7 Sept 2018 Canada (TIFF) / 5 Apr 2018 Germany – Transit (movie)
Whilst trying to flee France, Georg meets the wife of the dead author whom he is impersonating.
8 Sept 2018 Canada (TIFF) – Angelo (movie)
Based on the life of Angelo Soliman, an enslaved African who was adopted by a European comtesse and educated.
9 Sept 2018 @ 9/8c 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.
11 Sept 2018 (Netflix) – The Resistance Banker / Bankier van het Verzet (TV Series) ★★★★★
Set in Amsterdam during WWII about two banker brothers who fund the Dutch Resistance.
11 Sept 2018 Canada (TIFF) / 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).
12 Sept 2018 France – Mademoiselle de Joncquières (movie)
Set in the 18th Century, Madame de la Pommeraye plots revenge with Mademoiselle de Joncquières after being spurned by her lover.
14 Sept 2018 Spain – Velvet Colección S2 (TV series)
Renewed for a third and final series.
14 Sept 2018 UK / 29 Aug 2018 US – Operation Finale (movie)
A team of Israeli secret agents track down Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
14 Sept 2018 Canada (City TV) / 25 July 2018 UK (ITV) / 26 July 2018 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. Filmed in Vancouver, Canada.
14 Sept 2018 US / 2018 UK – Where Hands Touch (movie)
Set in Germany 1944 about a mixed-race Black German young woman who falls in love with someone from the Hitler Youth.
20 Sep 2018 Australia – Ladies in Black (movie)
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this comedy set in 1959 Sydney is about the lives of a group of department store employees.
21 Sept 2018 UK/Canada/US – The House with a Clock in its Walls (movie)
Fantasy film set in the 1950’s about an orphan who stays with his uncle, who is a warlock, and lives in a creaky old house. Thank you, Harv!
21 Sept 2018 Canada/US – The Sisters Brothers (movie)
Western set in 1850’s oregon about the Sisters brothers (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly).
23 Sept 2018 Canada (CBC) / 6 Jul 2018 UK (Netflix) – CBC’s Anne S2 (TV Series)
Renewed for S3.
24 Sept 2018 @ 9pm Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S2 (TV Series) ★★
Set in Toronto in the 1920’s about female detective Frankie Drake and her fellow female detectives.
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.
27 Sept 2018 Hungary – Napszállta / Sunset (movie)
An aspiring young miller endeavours to work at a hat store in Budapest that once belonged to her late parents but is rejected by the current owner.
27 Sept 2018 US (PBS) – Jamestown S1 (TV series)
28 Sept 2018 UK/US – 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!
30 Sept 2018 @ 8/7c US/Canada (PBS) / 18 March 2018 UK – ITV’s The Durrells S3 (TV series) ★★★★★
Set in 1937. Renewed for S4.
30 Sept 2018 @ 9/c US/Canada (PBS) / 10 June 2018 UK – BBC1’s Poldark S4 (TV Series) ★★★★★
Runs until Christmas 1799. Renewed for S5.
3 Oct 2018 France – Le Cahier Noir / The Black Book of Father Dinis (movie)
Set at the end of the 18th Century about a nurse and an orphan, both with mysterious backgrounds.
5 Oct 2018 – Amazon’s Man in the High Castle S3 (TV Series)
5 Oct 2018 US / 15 Jun 2018 UK – The Happy Prince (movie)
The last days of Oscar Wilde. Directed by, written by, and starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde.
6 Oct 2018 US (Ovation) / 4 June 2018 @ 9pm (BBC Two) / 23 April 2018 France (Canal) – Versailles S3 (TV series)
12 Oct 2018 Lithuania – 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.
21 Oct 2018 US (PBS) / 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.
23 Oct 2018 Italy (Rai 1) / early 2019 UK/Ireland/Canada/US (Netflix) – Medici: Masters of Florence / The Magnificent (TV series)
Four episodes set 20 years after the end of Medici: Masters of Florence. This series focuses on Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo Medici. Renewed for S2 and S3.
2 Nov 2018 UK / 9 Nov 2018 US – Peterloo (movie)
Set in 1819 about the Peterloo Massacre in St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England when the Cavalry attacked a peaceful protest.
2 Nov 2018 – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (movie)
Disney adaptation of The Nutcracker ballet set around the late 19th Century.
4 Nov 2018 US – Starz’s Outlander S4 (TV series)
Based on Outlander: Drums of Autumn. Renewed for S5 & S6.
9 Nov 2018 (Netflix) – Outlaw King (TV movie)
Chris Pine stars as Scottish king Robert the Bruce. Thank you @hisdoryan!
16 Nov 2018 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 (movie)
16 Nov 2018 UK / 14 Sept 2018 US – Lizzie (movie)
A thriller about Lizzie Borden who murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. Starring Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, etc.
16 Nov 2018 US – At Eternity’s Gate (movie)
About the last few years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life.
16 Nov 2018 Netflix – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (movie)
Six-part Western anthology film.
18 Nov 2018 US (HBO) – L’amica geniale / My Brilliant Friend (TV series) Just added!
Set in Naples in the early 1950’s.
19 Nov 2018 Worldwide (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S3 (TV Series) ★★★
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 – Netflix / Discovery Canada’s Frontier S3 (TV Series)
23 Nov 2018 US / 14 Sept 2018 Sweden – Unga Astrid / Becoming Astrid (movie)
About Swedish children’s author, Astrid Lindgren, best known for Pippi Longstocking.
28 Nov 2018 – History’s Vikings S5B (TV Series)
28 Nov 2018 UK (BBC Two) / 26 Nov 2018 Ireland (RTE One) – Death and Nightingales (TV miniseries) Just added!
Based on the 1992 novel of the same name. Set in Ireland in 1885.
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!
5 Dec 2018 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel S2 (TV Series)
Comedy about 1950’s housewife turned stand-up comedian. S1 streamed on 29 Nov 2017. Renewed for S3.
7 Dec 2018 US / 14 and 21 Dec 2018 Canada / 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!
13 Dec 2018 Italy – Capri-Revolution (movie)
In 1914 just before WWI, a community of young artists from Northern Europe meet in Capri.
18 Dec 2018 UK – BBC One’s The Long Song (TV miniseries) Just added!
Adapted from Andrea Levy’s novel of the same name. Set in Jamaica in 1838 just before the abolition of slavery.
20 Dec 2018 US – NBC’s Timeless S2 (TV movie)
Two-hour movie finale.
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 UK – The ABC Murders (TV Mini series)
3-part drama set in the 1930’s. John Malkovich portrays Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
25 Dec 2018 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S7: Christmas Special (TV series)
25 Dec 2018 UK (BBCOne) / 2019 US (PBS) – BBC1’s Les Miserables (TV miniseries)
A six-part non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name. Thank you, Maria!
25 Dec 2018 UK (BBC) – Upstart Crow S3: Christmas Special (TV mini series)
25 Dec 2018 US / 4 Jan 2019 UK – On the Basis of Sex (movie)
Biopic on (Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the 1950-70’s when she fights a case on sex discrimination.
25 Dec 2018 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S6 (TV series)
Christmas Episode + 10 x 1-hour episodes in 2019.
26 Dec 2018 UK / 9 Nov 2018 US – Holmes and Watson (movie)
A comedy on Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Watson (John C. Reilly).
28 Dec 2018 US / 11 Jan 2019 UK – Stan & Ollie (movie)
About comedians Laurel and Hardy.
2019 Period Dramas
- 1 Mar 2019 UK / 26 April 2019 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.
- 2019 Canada – CBC’s Anne S3 (TV Series)
- 201? – Aspern Papers (movie)
Based on Henry James’ novella set in Venice in 1885. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, etc.
- 2019 UK – ITV’s Beecham House (TV series) Just added!
Set in the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled that region)about the residents of Beecham House.
- BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8 (TV series)
- 25 Dec 2019 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8: Christmas Special (TV series)
- 2019 UK (Sky Atlantic) / 2019 US (HBO) – Catherine the Great (TV mini series)
Four-part series on Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) and the Hermitage. Thank you, hisdoryan!
- 25 Jan 2019 UK / 21 Sept 2018 US / 28 Sept 2018 Canada – 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.
- Early 2019 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. Renewed for S4.
- 13 Sept 2019 UK / 20 Sept 2019 US – Downton Abbey Feature Film (movie)
Filming begins this summer.
- 2019 UK / ? (Netflix) – BBC One’s Dracula (TV series) Just added!
A three-part series on Dracula, set in London in 1897.
- 29 Mar 2019 – Dumbo (movie)
Disney live-action adaptation set in the early 20th Century.
- 2019 UK – ITV’s The Durrells S4 (TV series)
The series finale.
- 2019 UK – BBC One’s The Elephant Man (TV miniseries) Just added!
Two-part drama on Joseph Merrick.
- 2019 UK – ITV’s Endeavour S6 (TV series)
- 1 Jan 2019 UK / 23 Nov 2018 US – 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.
- 2019? UK (BBC One) / US (HBO) – Gentleman Jack (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.
- 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. 10 episodes.
- 2019 UK / US (PBS) – ITV’s Grantchester S4 (TV series)
Last time James Norton will portray Vicar Sidney Chambers. Tom Brittney will join as Reverend Will Davenport.
- 1 Feb 2019 UK / 21 Nov 2018 Canada / 16 Nov 2018 US – Green Book (movie)
Comedy set in the 1960’s about Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga.
- 2019 UK – CBBC’s Hetty Feather S5 (TV series)
- 2019 – Judy (movie)
Set in Winter 1968 about Judy Garland’s last concerts in London. Starring Renee Zellweger.
- 25 Dec 2019 US / 17 Jan 2020 UK – Little Women (movie)
Another adaptation of ‘Little Women’ with Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Emma Watson as Meg March, and Florence Pugh as Amy March.
- 2019? UK (BBC Two) / NZ (TVNZ) – The Luminaries (TV series) Just added!
Six-part series adapted from Eleanor Catton’s novel of the same name. Adventure mystery set in New Zealand’s South Island during the 1860’s Gold Rush.
- 2019 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel S3 (TV Series)
Comedy about 1950’s housewife turned stand-up comedian.
- 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.
- 2019 Italy (Rai 1) / (Netflix) – Medici: Masters of Florence S3 / Medici: The Magnificent S2 (TV series)
- 8 Nov 2019 US/UK – Midway (movie)
About the Battle of Midway.
- 31 Mar 2019 US (PBS) / 27 Nov 2018 UK – BBC’s Mrs. Wilson (TV miniseries)
Three-part drama set in Britain in the 1930’s and 1940’s about Ruth Wilson’s grandmother, Alison, and grandfather, Alec Wilson.
- 7 Jan 2019 @ 8pm Canada / 24 Sept 2018 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S12 (TV series) ★★★★★
Resumes 7 January 2019.
- 2019 Italy (Rai 1) / UK (BBC) / US/Canada (SundanceTV) – The Name of the Rose (TV series) Just added!
A remake of Umberto Eco’s novel of the same name. Crime series set in a monastery in Italy in 1327.
- 2019 US – Outlander S5 (TV series)
- Spring 2019 UK – BBC1’s Peaky Blinders S5 (TV Series)
- 2019 UK – The Personal History of David Copperfield (movie)
An adaptation of Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’ with Dev Patel in the lead role.
- 2019 Spain – La Peste / The Plague S2 (TV Series)
- 2019 – BBC1’s Poldark S5 (TV Series)
Set in 1810. Series finale.
- 8 Jan 2019 US (History) – Project Blue Book (TV series)
Set in 1951 about UFO investigations.
- Queen Charlotte (TV Series)
Series on Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, who discovers she has ‘Moorish ancestry’.
- 19 Apr 2019 – Red Joan (movie)
Judi Dench stars as Joan Stanley, the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Thank you, MonsieurA!
- 2019 – ITV’s Sanditon (TV Series)
Adapted from an unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
- 2019 US – Starz’s The Spanish Princess (TV Series)
Eight-part drama based on Philippa Gregory’s The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse about young Catherine of Aragon in England. Thank you, @hisdoryan!
- 2019 UK (BBC One) – Taboo S2 (TV series)
- 2019 Spain – Velvet Colección S3 (TV series)
- 2019 UK / 13 Jan 2019 US/Canada (PBS) – ITV’s Victoria S3 (TV series)
- 2019 – Vikings S6 (TV Series)
- 2019 UK – BBC One’s The War of the Worlds (TV Mini Series)
Three-part adaptation of H.G. Wells’ book of the same name set in the Edwardian era.
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)
- Netflix’s The Crown S4 (TV Series)
- ? – The Current War (movie)
About Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon). Also starring Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen.
- The Custom of the Country (TV movie)
Adapted from Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel.
- BBC’s Dangerous Liaisons (TV)
- 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
- Amazon’s Man in the High Castle S4 (TV Series)
- Mary Barton (TV)
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Feature Film (movie)
- Mission to Paris (movie)
Based on the novel. Set in 1938 in Paris.
- New Amsterdam (movie)
About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
- 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.
- Randi (Of Corset’s Mine) (movie)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’ in 2019.