Who’s ready for a new decade of period dramas / historical dramas / costume dramas (with a specific time period)?
This year’s featured couple is Jamie and Claire from Outlander S5 (the same couple in Period Dramas 2014). I never would have imagined that when I selected the period drama couple photo for 2019 (Victoria and Albert), that was how 2019 would turn out for me. So I’m choosing a happier image for 2020 (Emma and Mr Knightley have too much tension).
I would like to thank my readers for following my blog for my period dramas list. I have had fun organising lists but the time has finally come for me to return to creating the lists for myself. This means I will not be spending as much time online looking for all the upcoming historical dramas out there. As more and more period drama websites and Instagram accounts appear online, it has become clear to me that the current audience prefer visual updates and regular new posts. Having said that, readers or visitors are still welcome to inform me of upcoming period dramas and I will continue to give credit if I decide to add it to my ‘watch list’.
You will have noticed that the following pages are no longer updated:
I may return to updating those pages one day but for now, only the Upcoming Period Dramas post will be updated and other films will be added to my imdb lists.
The following list is in chronological order (alphabetical where no date is specified) by release date and will be updated as more films and release dates are known. You can preview some of the trailers in Current & Upcoming Period Drama Trailers. Films that I have seen are rated out of 5 stars and will include a very short review.
My Top 10 Period Dramas of 2020 Predictions
- The Crown S4
- Call The Midwife S9
- Outlander S5
- Project Blue Book S2
- Death on the Nile
- The English Game
- The Children
- Babylon Berlin S3
Last updated: 3 December 2019
1-3 Jan 2020 UK / ? (Netflix) – BBC One’s Dracula (TV miniseries) Just added!
A three-part series on Dracula, set in London in 1897.
3 Jan 2020 UK / 8 Nov 2019 US / 25 Oct 2019 Canada – Jojo Rabbit (movie)
A dark comedy loosely based on Christine Leunen’s novel Caging Skies. A young Hitler’s Youth boy find out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl.
3 Jan 2020 Netflix / 22 Sept 2019 Canada – CBC’s Anne S3 (TV Series)
Series finale with ten episodes.
6 Jan 2020 @ 8pm / 16 Sept 2019 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S13 (TV series) ★★★★★
Continuation with 9/18 episodes.
10 Jan 2020 UK / 25 Dec 2019 US – 1917 (movie)
Set during WWI.
12 Jan 2020 @ 9pm US/Canada (PBS) / 25 Aug 2019 UK – ITV’s Sanditon (TV series) Eight-part adaption of an unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
17 Jan 2020 – Dolittle / The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (movie)
A fantasy film about Dr. Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr) who sets off on an epic journey to find a cure for the young and gravely ill Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley).
17 Jan 2020 UK / 13 Dec 2019 US – A Hidden Life (movie)
Set during WWII about an Austrian conscientious objector who refuses to fight for the Nazis.
21 Jan 2020 US/Canada (History) – Project Blue Book S2 (TV series)
Ten-part drama set in 1952-69 about UFO investigations.
24 Jan 2020 UK / 8 May 2020 US – The Personal History of David Copperfield (movie)
An adaptation of Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’ with Dev Patel in the lead role.
24 Jan 2020 Germany (Sky1) / Autumn 2020 Germany (ARD) / Canada/US/Australia (Netflix) / UK (Sky) – Babylon Berlin S3 (TV series)
Set in Berlin in Autumn 1929, just before the stock market crash. Renewed for S4.
29 Jan 2020 US / 20 Jun 2019 Russia – Dylda / Beanpole (movie)
Set in Leningrad in 1945 about two female friends who have been reunited and search for hope after traumatic experiences.
31 Jan 2020 UK / 18 Oct 2019 US – The Lighthouse (movie) ★
Horror film set on a remote island in New England in the 1890’s about two lighthouse keepers.
Review: Too frightened to watch the entire film but the cinematography was very good from what I did see.
Jan 2020 UK / Spring 2020 Canada/US – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S9 (TV series)
7 Feb 2020 UK – Mr. Jones (movie)
Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (James Norton) uncovers the famine in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s regime in the early 1930’s.
14 Feb 2020 UK / 21 Feb 2020 US – Emma (movie)
A new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse.
14 Feb 2020 UK / 21 Feb 2020 US – The Call of the Wild (movie) Just added
Book-to-movie adaptation of the novel by Jack London in 1903. Buck, a St Bernard – Scott Collie dog, is stolen from his home in California to become a sledge dog in Yukon, Canada during the 1890’s Klondike Gold Rush and has the adventure of a lifetime. Starring Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Cary Gee, etc.
14 Feb 2020 UK/US – The King’s Man (movie)
A prequel to the Kingsman series set at the turn of the 20th Century.
14 Feb 2020 UK – 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.
16 Feb 2020 US/Canada (W Network) – Starz’s Outlander S5 (TV series)
28 Feb 2020 UK / 6 Dec 2019 US / 18 Sept 2019 France – Portrait de la jeune fille en feu / Portrait of a Lady on Fire (movie)
Set on an island in Brittany at the end of the 18th Century about a female painter who paints a wedding portrait of a young woman.
Feb 2020 Australia – Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (movie)
20 March 2020 UK / ? 2020 US – Radioactive (movie)
About Marie (Rosamund Pike) and Pierre Curie (Sam Riley).
5 Apr 2020 US/Canada (PBS) / 29 Sept 2019 UK – BBC One’s World on Fire S1 (TV series)
Seven part WWII drama about the ordinary people from different countries whose lives are being affected by the war. Renewed for S2.
17 Apr 2020 UK – The Secret Garden (movie)
Another adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel but set in 1947. Starring Colin Firth (who was in the 1987 version) and Julie Walters.
8 May 2020 UK/US – Greyhound (movie)
Adaptation of C.S. Forester’s ‘The Good Shepherd’ set in WWII.
24 Jul 2020 UK/US / 16 Sept 2020 Canada – Jungle Cruise (movie)
Based on the Disney theme attraction. Set in the early 20th Century (1910s/WWI?), starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. Thank you, Harv!
9 Oct 2020 UK/US – Death on the Nile (movie)
Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the murder of an heiress whilst holidaying on the Nile.
25 Dec 2020 UK / 2020 US/Canada (Masterpiece) – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special (TV Series)
25 Dec 2020 UK/ Canada/US (Masterpiece) – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S9: Christmas Special (TV series)
2020 UK / 2020 US/Canada (PBS) – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
New adaptation of James Herriot’s books on country veterinarians in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930’s. Six episodes plus a Christmas special.
2020 Canada/US – Netflix’s High Seas S3 / Alta Mar S3 (TV series)
2020 US – Ammonite (movie)
Set in 1840’s England inspired by the life of Mary Anning.
2020 US/Canada (PBS) / 23 Jun 2019 UK – ITV’s Beecham House (TV series)
Six-part drama set in the 19th century in Delhi (before the British ruled that region) about the residents of Beecham House.
2020 UK / 2020 US (Epix) – ITV’s Belgravia (TV Series)
Adapted from Julian Fellowes’ novel of the same name set in the Napoleonic era and 1840’s.
2020 – Netflix’s Bridgerton (TV series)
Eight-part series adapted from Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series set in the Regency era.
2020 Worldwide (Netflix) – Las Chicas del Cable S5 / Cable Girls (TV series)
2020 UK / 2020 Germany (ZDF) – BBC Two’s The Children (TV movie)
Based on a true story of the 300 child survivors of the Holocaust who were brought to Lake Windermere during the summer of 1945. This 90 min. TV movie will air on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.
2020 – Netflix’s The Crown S4 (TV Series)
Set in the late 70’s – 80’s. Renewed for S5 & S6, with Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.
2020 – Netflix’s The Devil All the Time (movie) Just added
Book-to-movie adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s novel set in Ohio in the 1960’s about a group of people suffering from the effects of WWII.
2020? – Apple TV+’s Dickinson S2 (TV series)
2020? (Netflix) / Dec 2019? UK – BBC One’s Dracula (TV miniseries)
A three-part series on Dracula, set in London in 1897.
2020? UK – BBC One’s The Elephant Man (TV miniseries)
Two-part drama on Joseph Merrick.
2020 – Netflix’s The English Game (TV Series)
Six-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes on the history of football (soccer).
2020 – Enola Holmes (movie)
Based on Nancy Springer’s novel series about Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ teenage sister, starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes.
2020 UK (Alibi) / 2020 US (Ovation) / 16 Sept 2019 Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S3 (TV Series)
2020 US – The French Dispatch (movie)
About an American newspaper agency in 1950’s Paris.
2020 UK (BBC One) / US (HBO) – Gentleman Jack S2 (TV series)
2020? US – HBO’s The Gilded Age (TV series)
Ten-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in New York in 1885 around the upper New York society. Might even feature a young Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
2020 – ITV’s Grantchester S5 (TV series)
2020 – Hulu’s The Great (TV series)
Starring Elle Fanning as young Catherine the Great.
2020 UK – CBBC’s Hetty Feather S6 (TV series)
Series finale with three episodes?
2020 Worldwide (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S4 (TV Series)
2020? – Leonardo (TV series)
Eight episodes on Leonardo Da Vinci (Aidan Turner) through his works.
2020 US – Louis Wain (movie)
Set in the 19th Century about English artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).
2020? 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.
2020? Italy – Netflix’s Luna Nera / The Black Moon (TV series)
Six episodes set in the 17th Century Italy about a group of women suspected of witchcraft.
2020? / 11 Sept 2019 Canada (TIFF) – Lyrebird (movie)
Based on a true story. Set just after the war in the Netherlands about a soldier who investigates Dutch artist Han van Meegeren.
2020 UK – Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters (TV miniseries)
A two-part biopic on English fossil collector, Mary Anning, during the 19th Century.
Early 2020 Worldwide (Netflix) / 2 Dec 2019 Italy (Rai 1) – Medici: Masters of Florence S3 / Medici The Magnificent: Final Season S2 (TV series)
Series finale with eight episodes continuing from where S2 left off.
2020? – Medieval (movie)
Set in the 14th Century about Czech warlord Jan Zizka who defeated the Teutonic Order and Holy Roman Empire armies. Thank you Zuzana!
2020? UK / US – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke (TV series)
Six part drama set in 1880’s London about a female detective.
2020 UK – BBC Two’s The North Water (TV miniseries)
Four-part thriller adapted from Ian McGuire’s novel set in the UK and the Arctic in the late 1850’s about an ex-army surgeon who joins a whaling expedition.
2020? UK / US (Amazon Prime) – BBC One’s The Pale Horse (TV series)
A two-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1961 novel set during the same time period.
2020 UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S6 (TV Series)
Set in 1930s?
2020 Germany / 2020 US – Resistance (movie)
A group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.
2020? – ITV’s The Singapore Grip (TV Series)
Six-part adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s novel of the same name about a British family living in Singapore during WWII.
2020 US – Starz’s The Spanish Princess S2 (TV Series)
The series concludes with eight episodes.
2020? UK (BBC Four) / 28 Oct 2018 Norway – State of Happiness / Lykkeland (TV series)
Eight episodes set between 1969-72 in a small coastal town in Norway that’s just struck oil about four main characters and their experiences.
2020 UK – BBC One’s Taboo S2 (TV series)
2020 Sweden / 2020? US/Canada (SundanceNow) – SVT’s Vår tid är nu (Our Time is Now) / The Restaurant S4 (TV series)
Episode 1 is a Christmas special set in Stockholm in the summer of 1951. The series continues in 2020 with the 1960’s.
2020 Canada (CBC) / 5 May 2019 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S6 (TV series)
2020 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S7 (TV series)
2020? UK – BBC Two’s Wolf Hall S2 (TV series)
Based on Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming novel, ‘The Mirror and the Light’ (to be published in March 2020).
2020 UK / US/Canada (PBS) – BBC One’s World on Fire S2 (TV series)
Period Dramas in 2021 – 2022
2021 Canada/US – Netflix’s High Seas S4 / Alta Mar S4 (TV series)
2021? – Babylon Berlin S4 (TV series)
2021 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S10 (TV series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special.
2022 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S11 (TV series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special.
2021? – Outlander S6 (TV series) 12 episodes.
2021? UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S7 (TV Series)
22 Dec 2021 US / 24 Dec 2021 UK – Sherlock Holmes 3 (movie)
Sequel to Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock.
2022? Norway – NRK’s Vintertronen / The Winter Throne (TV series)
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!
Period Dramas In Development / Rumours
- Bach (movie) – Starring Gerard Depardieu as J.S. Bach.
- US – Charlotte (TV mini-series)
Set in the South before the Civil War.
- The Chess Machine (movie)
- Apple’s A Christmas Carol (movie)
A musical starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.
- The Custom of the Country (TV movie)
Adapted from Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel.
- BBC’s Dangerous Liaisons (TV)
- Downton Abbey Movie Sequel (movie)
Rumour has it that a second DA movie is in the works!
- 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.
- Empress Catherine (movie)
Starring Violetta Komyshan (potentially) or Keira Knightley as Catherine the Great.
- Flying Horse (movie)
About photographer Eadweard Muybridge following the affair between his wife and another man.
- A Gentleman in Moscow (TV series)
Adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel about a Russian count who is under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow from 1922-52.
- Televisa USA’s Gran Hotel (TV series)
A remake of Spain’s Gran Hotel but set in 1950’s (pre-Castro) Cuba.
- Hedy Lamarr Project (TV miniseries)
Gal Gadot will portray Hedy Lamarr.
- 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.
- Disney’s Marley (movie)
Disney’s musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ told through the eyes of Scrooge’s business partner, Marley.
- 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 Nightingale (movie)
Adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel about two sisters in France during WWII.
- The Northman (movie)
Viking saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century.
- 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.
- Poldark (movie)
Continuation of series on the big screen if approved.
- 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 / Five Arrows (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; aiming to start filming this summer.
- Velikaya S2 (TV series)
About Catherine the Great from 1762-1775.
- Rai’s Velvet (TV Series)
Italy’s remake of Spain’s Velvet.
- 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.
- ‘Vivien Leigh’ series (TV Series)
Series on the personal and professional life of Vivien Leigh, starring Natalie Dormer as Leigh.
Whilst you wait for the new dramas, you can visit Period Dramas 2019 to catch up on this year’s films before the year’s over.