It’s that time of year again to see the list of period dramas / historical dramas / costume dramas (with a specific time period) coming to our screens in 2019!
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 eventually appear in Period Dramas – Movies and Period Dramas – TV series once I have found a more efficient way to update the pages. You may be able to preview some of the trailers in Current & Upcoming Period Drama Trailers. For historical/fantasy films, I try to add these in Costume Dramas: Fairytales/Fantasy unless there’s a specific period it covers.
In the meantime, visit Period Dramas 2018 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 also include a one sentence review in lieu of reviewing all films in a separate post due to lack of time. 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 of 2019
- Downton Abbey movie
- Call The Midwife S8
- Poldark S5
- Victoria S3
- Medici: The Magnificent S1
- Catherine the Great
- The Crown S3
- The Spanish Princess
- The Aftermath
Last updated: 19 February 2019
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.
Review: Read my review in this post.
13 Jan 2019 US/Canada (PBS) / Spring 2019 UK – ITV’s Victoria S3 (TV series)
8 Jan 2019 US/Canada (History) – Project Blue Book (TV series)
Ten-part drama set in 1952-69 about UFO investigations.
11 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.
Review: I thought Keira did a marvellous job ‘growing’ up in her role.
11 Jan 2019 UK / 28 Dec 2018 US – Stan & Ollie (movie)
About comedians Laurel and Hardy.
11 Jan 2019 US / 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.
11 Jan 2019 US – Aspern Papers (movie)
Based on Henry James’ novella set in Venice in 1885. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, etc.
11 Jan 2019 US / 8 Feb 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.
18 Jan 2019 UK / 7 Dec 2018 US / 14 and 21 Dec 2018 Canada – Mary Queen of Scots (movie)
This movie will be written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors) and stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary.
19 Jan 2019 US (Lifetime) – Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (TV movie)
22 Jan 2019 UK (Alibi) / 24 Sept 2018 Canada / ? US (Ovation TV) – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S2 (TV Series) ★★
11 episodes set in Toronto in 1921 about female detective Frankie Drake. Renewed for S2.
25 Jan 2019 UK/Ireland/Canada/US (Netflix) / 23 Oct 2018 Italy (Rai 1) – 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.
Review: Not quite as binge-worthy this time probably because Contessina stole the first series, although she does appear in Medici: The Magnificent as an elderly grandmother. Still, worth watching for the locations.
25 Jan 2019 UK / 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.
25 Jan 2019 US / 26 Oct 2017 Germany – The Invisibles (movie)
Set in Berlin during WWII about four young Jews.
25 Jan 2019 US (Sundance) – The Nightingale (movie)
Set in Tasmania in 1825 about a young Irish convict, Clare, and an Aboriginal tracker, Billy, who chase a British officer to avenge her family.
29 Jan 2019 US / 25 Nov 2018 Norway (Sundance) – Sonja: The White Swan (movie)
Set in the 1930’s about world renowned Norwegian figure skater, Sonja Henie, who decides to become a movie star in Hollywood.
30 Jan 2019 India/USA – Solar Eclipse: The Depth of Darkness / The Gandhi Murder (movie) Just added
A conspiracy theory film about the eventual assassination of Gandhi in the late 1940’s.
31 Jan 2019 Canada (Netflix) / 23 Dec 2018 UK – Channel 5’s Agatha and the Truth of Murder (TV Movie) ★★★★
An imagining of what young Agatha Christie did when she went missing for 11 days in 1926.
Review: Very creative idea which reminded me of at least one of her novels.
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.
1 Feb 2019 US (Amazon Prime) / 26 Dec 2018 @ 9pm UK – BBC One’s The ABC Murders (TV Mini series)
3-part drama set in the 1930’s. John Malkovich portrays Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.
8 Feb 2019 UK – All Is True (movie)
The last days of William Shakespeare.
10 Feb 2019 UK / 16 Jun 2019 US/Canada (PBS) – ITV’s Endeavour S6 (TV series)
Set in 1969.
15 Feb 2019 (Netflix) / 14 Sept 2018 Spain – Velvet Colección S2 (TV series) Just updated
Renewed for a third and final series.
24 Feb 2019 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S6 (TV series)
10 x 1-hour episodes.
1 Mar 2019 UK / 15 Mar 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.
1 Mar 2019 US / 5 Apr 2018 Germany – Transit (movie)
Whilst trying to flee France, Georg meets the wife of the dead author whom he is impersonating.
22 Mar 2019 UK – The White Crow (movie)
Set in 1961 when ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West.
29 Mar 2019 – Dumbo (movie)
Disney live-action adaptation set in the early 20th Century.
29 Mar 2019 US – The Chaperone (movie)
Set in the early 1920’s about a Kansas woman (Elizabeth McGovern) whose life changes when she chaperones Louise Brooks on her journey to New York City.
29 Mar 2019 US – Netflix’s The Highwaymen (movie)
Film about the detectives who brought down Bonnie & Clyde.
31 March 2019 @ 8pm US/Canada (PBS) / 13 Jan 2019 UK – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8 (TV series)
31 Mar 2019 @ 9pm 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.
5 Apr 2019 US / 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.
14 Apr 2019 US (PBS) / 25 Dec 2018 UK (BBCOne) – BBC1’s Les Miserables (TV miniseries)
A six-part non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name. Thank you, Maria!
19 Apr 2019 – Red Joan (movie)
Judi Dench stars as Joan Stanley, the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Thank you, MonsieurA!
20 Apr 2019 US (Ovation TV) / 14 Jan 2019 UK (Alibi) / 24 Sept 2018 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S12 (TV series) ★★★★★
Resumes in Canada on 7 January 2019.
10 May 2019 – Tolkien (movie)
Biographical drama about J. R. R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) in his early days. Lily Collins stars as Edith Bratt, his wife.
15 May 2019 US – The Third Wife (movie)
Set in 19th Century Vietnam.
17 May 2019 US – Catch-22 (TV miniseries)
Six-part dark comedy series adapted from Joseph Heller’s novel set in WWII.
15 June 2019 US (Ovation) / 23 Jan 2018 UK (Alibi) / 6 Nov 2017 Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S1 (TV Series) ★★★★
11 episodes set in Toronto in 1921 about female detective Frankie Drake. Renewed for S2.
12 Jul 2019 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 (Elizabeth Debicki) and Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton).
14 Jul 2019 US/Canada (PBS) / 11 Jan 2019 UK – ITV’s Grantchester S4 (TV series)
Last time James Norton will portray Vicar Sidney Chambers. Tom Brittney will join as Reverend Will Davenport.
13 Sept 2019 UK / 20 Sept 2019 US – Downton Abbey (movie)
4 Oct 2019 UK – Judy (movie)
Set in Winter 1968 about Judy Garland’s last concerts in London. Starring Renee Zellweger.
8 Nov 2019 US/UK – Midway (movie)
About the Battle of Midway.
Nov? 2019 – Vikings S6 (TV Series)
Possible series finale with 20 episodes.
25 Dec 2019 UK – BBC One’s A Christmas Carol (TV Series)
An adaptation of Dickens’ novel.
25 Dec 2019 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S8: Christmas Special (TV series)
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.
25 Dec 2019 US – 1917 (movie)
Set during WWI.
2019? – Ammonite (movie)
Set in 1840’s England inspired by the life of Mary Anning.
2019? / 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.
2019 Canada – CBC’s Anne S3 (TV Series)
Spring 2019 UK – ITV’s Beecham House (TV series)
Set in the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled that region) about the residents of Beecham House.
2019? UK – ITV’s Belgravia (TV Series)
Adapted from Julian Fellowes’ novel set in the Napoleonic era and 1840’s.
2019 – Born a King (movie) Just added
Based on the true story of teenage Prince Faisal who is sent to London on a diplomatic mission by his father in 1919.
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!
2019 Worldwide (Netflix) – Las Chicas del Cable S4 / Cable Girls (TV series)
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.
2019 UK / ? (Netflix) – BBC One’s Dracula (TV series)
A three-part series on Dracula, set in London in 1897.
2019 UK – ITV’s The Durrells S4 (TV series)
The series finale.
2019 UK – BBC One’s The Elephant Man (TV miniseries)
Two-part drama on Joseph Merrick.
Spring 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 US – 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 US (Hulu) / UK (ITV Encore) – Harlots S3 (TV series)
2019 UK – CBBC’s Hetty Feather S5 (TV series)
2019 – Netflix’s The Irishman (TV movie)
Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses about Frank Sheeran recalling his involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.
2019 UK – Jamestown S3 (TV series)
2019 – Judy and Punch (movie)
Australian film set in a town called Seaside during the 16th Century about puppeteers Judy and Punch.
2019 – Netflix’s The King (TV movie)
Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Pt 1 & 2, and Henry V.
2019 US/Canada (History) – Knightfall S2 (TV Series)
2019 Worldwide (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S4 (TV Series)
2019? UK (BBC Two) / NZ (TVNZ) – The Luminaries (TV series)
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? Italy – Netflix’s Luna Nera / The Black Moon (TV series)
Set in the 17th Century Italy about a group of women suspected of witchcraft.
Winter 2019 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel S3 (TV Series)
Comedy about 1950’s housewife turned stand-up comedian.
2019 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)
2019 – Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (movie)
2019 UK / US – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke (TV series)
Six part drama set in 1880’s London about a female detective.
2019 Italy (Rai 1) / UK (BBC) / US/Canada (SundanceTV) – The Name of the Rose (TV series)
A remake of Umberto Eco’s novel of the same name. Crime series set in a monastery in Italy in 1327.
2019? / 22 Jan 2018 US (Sundance Film Fest) – Ophelia (movie)
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.
2019 US – Starz’s Outlander S5 (TV series)
Spring 2019 UK – BBC One’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 – BBC One’s Poldark S5 (TV Series)
Series finale set in 1810.
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!
Spring 2019 UK – BBC Two’s Summer of Rockets (TV Series)
Six-part drama set in the UK during the Cold War.
Late 2019 UK – BBC One’s Taboo S2 (TV series)
2019 Spain / ? 2020 (Netflix) – Velvet Colección S3 (TV series)
The series finale.
2019 UK – BBC One’s A Very English Scandal S2 (TV mini series)
Set in 1963 about British socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal.
2019 – Waiting for Anya (movie)
Adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name. Set during WWII about a shepherd who helps smuggle Jewish children from France to Spain.
2019 UK / 14 Sept 2018 US – 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.
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 2020
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)
2020 US – The French Dispatch (movie)
About an American newspaper agency in 1950’s Paris.
Period Dramas In Development / Rumours
- Bach (movie)
Starring Gerard Depardieu as J.S. Bach.
- 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.
- Netflix’s The English Game (TV Series)
Six-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes on the history of football (soccer).
- 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.
- Josephine and Napoleon (TV series)
Eight-part drama in English about Josephine (Berenice Bejo) and Napoleon Bonaparte. Starts filming summer 2019.
- Lady Detective (TV)
Based on the novel, The Revelations of a Lady Detective, from the Victorian era.
- Amazon’s Man in the High Castle S4 (TV Series)
- Mary Barton (TV)
- 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.
- Queen Charlotte (TV Series)
Series on Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, who discovers she has ‘Moorish ancestry’.
- 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 Rothschilds (TV series)
Set in the 19th Century about the Rothschild dynasty. Penned by Julian Fellowes.
- 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.
- Rai’s Velvet (TV Series)
Italy’s remake of Spain’s Velvet.
- NRK’s Vintertronen / The Winter Throne (TV series) Just added
Norway’s “The Crown” series based on the eight novels by Tor Bomann-Larsen about King Haakon VII of Norway and his journey to becoming king in 1905. Thank you Royal Central!
- ‘Vivien Leigh’ series (TV Series)
Series on the personal and professional life of Vivien Leigh, starring Natalie Dormer as Leigh.
- Wolf Hall S2 (TV series)
Readers will have to wait until Hilary Mantel publishes the final book ‘The Mirror and the Light’ in 2019.