BBC Period Dramas

I’ve noticed that one of the main terms my viewers search for is BBC period dramas. Out of all the period dramas based on literary works, BBC’s adaptations never fails our expectations. Even non-literary works by BBC delight us with brilliant actors, stunning scenery, and exquisite costumes. I’ve compiled a list from my Period Dramas – TV series list for you, my viewers, and I hope this will help narrow down your search. 🙂 This list includes TV series, miniseries, and made-for-TV films. I will update this list as more BBC films are made known. Last updated on 12 October 2015. Please check the current period dramas post for new BBC titles. 🙂

BBC Period Dramas

MEDIEVAL (500-1485)


  • Gunpowder, Treason and Plot (2004)
  • The Hollow Crown (2012)
    1. Richard II
    2. Henry IV Pt 1
    3. Henry IV Pt 2
    4. Henry V
  • The Virgin Queen (2005)
  • The White Queen (2013)
  • BBC2’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016)

STUART (1603-1714)


Jane Austen’s novels:

  • Emma (with Kate Beckinsale – 1997)
  • Emma (with Romola Garai – 2009)
  • Northanger Abbey (1986)
  • Northanger Abbey (2007)
  • Persuasion (1995)
  • Persuasion (2007)
  • Pride & Prejudice (1995)
  • Sense & Sensibility (2009)

In development:

  • Dangerous Liaisons (2015?)

VICTORIAN (1837-1901)

Charles Dickens’ novels:

George Eliot’s novels:

Other literary adaptations:

EDWARDIAN (1901-1914)

THE GREAT WAR / WWI (1914-1918)


WWII (1939-1946)

POST WAR (1946-60’s)

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