Welcome to the 9th annual Upcoming Period Dramas post (a list of historical dramas and costume dramas set in a specific time period)!
Once again, I would like to thank my faithful readers for visiting my blog for my period drama lists over the years! I would also like to thank my readers who inform me of upcoming period dramas that I have missed and I apologise I cannot respond to emails.
As I mentioned last year, new films will be added to my imdb lists as the Period Dramas – Movies, Period Dramas – TV series, and Costume Dramas: Fairytales/Fantasy pages freeze when I attempt to update them.
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.
Last updated: 2 November 2022
2 January 2022 Canada (CBC TV & Gem) | 1 September 2020 UK – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S1 (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. Renewed for S2.
6 January 2022 – ABC’s Women of the Movement (TV Series)
Six part series set in 1955 about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her son’s murder.
14 January 2022 – AppleTV+’s The Tragedy of Macbeth (Movie) ★★★★★
Starring Denzel Washington as Macbeth.
16 January 2022 Canada/US (PBS) | 10 December 2021 UK – BBC Two’s Vienna Blood S2 (TV Miniseries) ★★★★★
Renewed for S3.
21 January 2022 UK | 12 November 2021 Canada/US – Belfast (Movie) ★★★★★
Kenneth Branagh’s Set in the late 1960s about a young boy and his working-class family experience. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, etc.
21 January 2022 US – Redeeming Love (Movie)
Based on Francine Rivers’ Christian novel of the same name, set in California during the 1850s Gold Rush.
21 January 2022 US – The Laureate (Movie) ★★★
Biographical film set in the mid-1920s about British poet and novelist Robert Graves.
21 January 2022 – The King’s Daughter (Movie)
Pierce Brosnan stars as King Louis XIV in his quest for immortality by taking the life force from a mermaid (Fan Bingbing).
21 January 2022 – Netflix’s Munich: The Edge of War (Movie)
Set during WWII. Based on the novel Munich by Robert Harris about two friends who find themselves spying for opposing governments.
24 January 2022 US | 25 January 2022 UK (Sky Atlantic) – HBO’s The Gilded Age (TV Series) ★★★★★
Ten-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in New York in 1882 around the upper New York society. Renewed for S2.
1 February 2022 | 9 September 2021 Netherlands – Netflix’s My Best Friend Anne Frank / Mijn beste vriendin Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Based on the friendship between Anne Frank and Hanneli Goslar.
1 February* 2022 Canada (CBC Gem) | August 2020 China – Qi Pao Mei Tan / Miss S (TV Series) ★★★★★
Mandarin-language adaptation of Australia’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries with 30 episodes. Set in 1930s Shanghai. Episodes 1-15 stream on 1 Feb; episodes 16-30 stream on 21 March.
6 February 2022 UK – CBBC’s Dodger (TV Series)
Ten-part drama about the exploits of the Artful Dodger and Fagin’s gang in the 1830s. Thank you, Harv!
10 February 2022 – Britbox’s Magpie Murders (TV Series)
Six-part series based on Anthony Horowitz’s first novel in the Susan Ryeland murder mystery series set in the 1950s.
11 February 2022 – Death on the Nile (Movie) ★★★★★
Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the murder of an heiress whilst on holiday on the Nile.
18 February 2022 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S4 (TV Series) ★★★★
Renewed for S5.
23 February 2022 France – Maigret (Movie)
An adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel Maigret et la jeune morte set in Paris in the 1950s about police detective Jules Maigret (portrayed by Gerard Depardieu).
25 February 2022 – Cyrano (Movie) ★★★★★
Musical starring Peter Dinklage as Cyrano.
25 February 2022 – Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla S1 (TV Series) ★★★★
A spin-off series of History’s Vikings with 24 episodes set 100 years after the end of S6. It will include historical figures such as Leif Erikson and William the Conqueror. Renewed for S2 & 3.
2 March 2022 – Netflix’s Against the Ice (Movie)
The story of Denmark’s Alabama Expedition in 1909 led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen in an attempt to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland.
3 March 2022 – Netflix’s Midnight at the Pera Palace (TV Series) ★★★★★
Eight-part drama about a present-day journalist who finds herself in a historic hotel in Istanbul in 1919 and must help stop a plot that could change the future of Turkey. Thank you Mireia!
6 March 2022 US/Canada (W Network) – Starz’s Outlander S6 (TV Series)
12 episodes based on ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’. Renewed for S7.
6 March 2022 US – Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart S9 (TV Series)
8 March 2022 – BBC’s The Witchfinder (TV Series)
Six part comedy series about a failing witchfinder who takes a suspected witch to a trial.
9 March 2022 (Netflix) –The Last Kingdom S5 (TV Series) ★★★★★
Series finale. Feature film to follow.
9 March 2022 (online) | 28 October 2021 Denmark – Netflix’s The Bombardment (Movie)
Based on a true story. Set in Copenhagen during WWII about the lives of many of the residents following the RAF’s accidental bombing of a school full of children.
11 March 2022 UK (UKTV’s Drama) | 8 February 2022 US (Britbox) – Sister Boniface Mysteries (TV Series)
A 12-part spinoff murder mystery series of Father Brown set in the 1960s about moped-riding Sister Boniface of St Vincent’s Convent.
13 March 2022 Canada (CBC TV & Gem) | 9 January 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | 16 September 2021 UK – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S2 (TV Series) ★★★★★
Set in 1938. Incl. Christmas special. Renewed for S3 and 4.
20 March 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | 21 March 2022 UK (Britbox) – Masterpiece PBS’s Sanditon S2 (TV series) ★★★★
Continuation of the series based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
20 March 2022 Canada/US (PBS) | 2 January 2022 UK – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S11 (TV Series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special. Renewed for S12-14.
21 March 2022 Germany – ZDF’s Ku’damm 63 (TV Miniseries)
Third series of Ku’damm 56 (2016) and sequel to Ku’damm 59 (2018) with three episodes set in Berlin in 1963.
25 March 2022 – Netflix’s Bridgerton S2 (TV Series) ★★★★★
Adapted from Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on Anthony Bridgerton. Renewed for S3 and S4.
25 March 2022 US | 25 February 2022 UK – The Duke (Movie) ★★★★
Based on a true story. A 60-year-old taxi driver steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London as a ransom in order to get the government to invest more in elderly care.
25 March 2022 US/Canada (PBS) | 3 January 2022 UK – BBC One’s Father Brown S9 (TV Series)
31 March 2022 US – HBOMax’s Julia (TV Series)
Eight-part series on Julia Child and her show The French Chef.
8 April 2022 Canada (CBC TV & Gem) | 2 January 2022 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) | 26 December 2021 UK – BBC1’s Around the World in 80 Days (TV Series) ★★★★★
Starring David Tennant as Phileas Fogg. Renewed for S2.
10 April 2022 UK | 25 April 2022 US (HBO) – BBC One’s Gentleman Jack S2 (TV Series)
12 April 2022 – Britbox’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (TV Miniseries) ★★★★
Three part Agatha Christie mystery set in the 1930s about two amateur sleuths: a vicar’s son, Bobby Jones, and his socialite friend, Lady Francis Derwent.
15 April 2022 – Fantastic Beasts 3: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Movie) ★★★★★
15 April 2022 – Los herederos de la tierra / Heirs to the Land S1 (TV Series)
Eight-part sequel to Cathedral of the Sea. Set in 14th-century Barcelona about young Hugo Llor who works to become a ship builder whilst maintaining his vow to the Estanyol family.
15 April 2022 UK | 11 May 2022 (Netflix) – Operation Mincemeat (Movie)
Set during WWII about two intelligence offers who outwit German troops.
17 April 2022 UK – BBC One’s SAS: Rogue Heroes (TV Miniseries)
Xix-part drama based on Ben Macintyre’s SAS: Rogue Heroes famed Special Forces unit.
19 April 2022 UK – BBC’s Life After Life (TV Miniseries)
Four part miniseries based on the novel by Kate Atkinson about the alternative possible lives of Ursula Todd.
22 April 2022 US/Canada (Amazon Prime) | 26 December 2021 UK – BBC One’s A Very British Scandal (TV Miniseries) ★★★★
Set in 1963 about British socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal.
22 April 2022 – The Northman (Movie)
Viking saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century.
29 April 2022 Canada | 13 October 2021 France – Eiffel (Movie)
Fictional romantic drama about Gustav Eiffel and his childhood sweetheart, Adrienne Bourgès.
19 August 2022 US | 5 May 2022 Australia | 13 May 2022 UK – The Drover’s Wife (Movie)
Based on the short story by Henry Lawson about a woman who raises her four children in the Australian Outback whilst her husband is away.
5 May 2022 US (BET+) | 21 February 2022 Canada – CBC’s The Porter (TV Series) ★★★★
This eight-part series inspired by real events is set across North America (Montreal, Chicago, Detroit) in the 1920s. It tells the story of Black Canadian and African-American railway workers from Canada and the US who formed the world’s first Black union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
13 May 2022 – AppleTV+’s The Essex Serpent (TV Series)
Set in 1893. Based on the novel by Sarah Perry about a widow named Cora who moves from London to Aldwinter in Essex and becomes intrigued by the idea that the village may be haunted by a mythological sea serpent.
20 May 2022 US/Canada |29 April 2022 UK – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Movie) ★★★★★
Original cast returning for sequel. Four new cast members: Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye.
3 June 2022 – Wolf Hound (Movie)
Set in German-occupied France 1944 about Jewish-American fighter pilot Capt David Holden who must a captured B-17 Flying Fortress crew. Inspired by the real “Wolf Hound”, a German special operations unit KG 200 that shot down, repaired, and flew Allied aircraft as Trojan horses.
3 June 2022 Canada/US | 20 May 2022 UK – Benediction (Movie)
Biopic on British poet Siegfried Sassoon.
10 June 2022 (Netflix) | 27 February 2022 UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S6 (TV Series) ★★★★
Series finale. Expected to be set in 1934. To be followed by Peaky Blinders film.
12 June 2022 – Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth (TV Series)
Eight part series by British playwright Anya Reiss about the young Elizabeth I before she came to the throne.
17 June 2022 – Amazon Prime’s Sin límites / Boundless (TV Series) Just added!
Six-part drama on Juan Sebastián Elcano’s and Ferdinand Magellan’s epic voyage from Spain around the world.
19 June 2022 Canada/US (Masterpiece) | 12 September 2021 UK – ITV’s Endeavour S8 (TV Series)
Three part detective series set in 1971. Renewed for S9.
19 June 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece PBS) | 27 January 2022 UK – Britbox’s Hotel Portofino (TV Series)
Six-part series set in 1920s Italy about the daughter of a wealthy industrialist who moves to Portofino to set up a quintessentially British hotel.
24 June 2022 US – Elvis (Movie) ★★★★★
A biopic set in the 1950s about the young Elvis Presley.
30 June 2022 UK (Alibi) | 26 February 2022 US (Ovation) | 3 January* 2022 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S15 (TV Series) ★★★★★
*Part 2 of S15 in Canada.
9 July 2022 US – Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic: The Origin (TV Miniseries)
Prequel limited series based on V.C. Andrews’ books will provide the backstory (starting in the 30s) to the woman who locked her grandchildren in the attic. The series will air consecutively from 9 – 30 July.
10 July 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | 11 March 2022 UK – ITV’s Grantchester S7 (TV Series)
Set in 1959. Renewed for S8.
15 July 2022 – Netflix’s Persuasion (TV Movie) ★★★★
A modern interpretation of Austen’s novel, starring Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot.
15 July 2022 US/Canada | 22 July 2022 UK – Where the Crawdads Sing (Movie)
Based on Delia Owens’ novel set in North Carolina from 1952-1969 about a young woman who raised herself in the marshes and becomes a suspect in the death of a man she was once involved with.
12 August 2022 US – Amazon Prime’s A League of Their Own (TV Series)
Adaptation of the 1992 film about the WWII All-American professional women’s baseball league
16 August 2022 US CW | 16 April 2021 UK & Ireland (Amazon Prime) | 23 March 2021 Italy – Rai 1’s Leonardo (TV Series)
Eight episodes on Leonardo Da Vinci (Aidan Turner) through his works.
26 August 2022 UK | 1 July 2022 US/Canada – Mr Malcolm’s List (Movie) ★★★★
A romantic comedy set in 19th Century England about a young woman who courts a wealthy suitor. Thank you Jo!
1 September 2022 Canada (CBC) | 14 May 2022 Germany | 15 May 2022 UK (Sky Atlantic/NOW) – Sky One’s Das Boot S3 (TV Series) ★★★★
10 episodes. Renewed for S4.
8 September 2022 – 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!
8 September 2022 – Disney+’s Pinocchio (Movie)
Live-action adaptation of Pinocchio. Thank you, Jez!
9 September 2022 UK | 16 September 2022 US/Canada – See How They Run (Movie)
A murder mystery comedy set in London in the 1950s.
11 September 2022 US – Starz’s The Serpent Queen (TV Series)
Eight part series based on Leonie Frieda’s book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.
12 September 2022 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S16 (TV Series) ★★★★
12 September 2022 Canada (CBC) | 15 July 2021 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 1850s about an ex-army surgeon who joins a whaling expedition.
13 September 2022 (online) – Wolves of War (Movie)
Fictional story set at the end of WWII about a band of heroic British soldiers who go on a mission to extract a hostage American scientist from the Nazis.
15 September 2022 @ 9pm UK | 8 January 2023 US (Masterpiece PBS) – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S3 (TV Series)
18 September 2022 Germany (RTL+) – TVNow’s Das Haus der Träume / House of Promises (TVSeries)
12-hour series based on Sybil Volk’s novel ‘Torstraße 1’ set in Berlin in the 1920s about a young woman and a Jewish family that owns the Jonass department store.
23 September 2022 US | 15 July 2022 UK – The Railway Children Return (Movie)
Sequel to The Railway Children (1970). Set during WWII.
23 September 2022 – Netflix’s A Jazzman’s Blues (Movie)
Spanning from 1937 to 1987 about ‘an investigation into an unsolved murder which unveils a story full of forbidden love, deceit, and a secret that has been held for 40 years.’
28 September 2022 – Netflix’s Blonde (TV movie)
Fictionalised account about Marilyn Monroe.
29 September 2022 – Netflix’s The Empress (TV Series) ★★★★
Six-part drama about Empress Elisabeth of Austria (aka Sissi). S1 will focus on her first few months as a young empress. Thank you, Svenja!
29 September 2022 Canada (VIFF) | 2022-2023 (cinema) – Bones of Crows (Movie) ★★★★★
Story spanning over 100 years told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears who survives the residential school system, worked as a Cree code talker for the Canadian Air Force during WWII, and continued to fight for justice. To be followed in 2023-24 by a five-part hour-long series which is an expanded version of the film.
30 September 2022 UK | 15 July 2022 US/Canada – Mrs Harris Goes To Paris (Movie) ★★★★★
Adaptation of Paul Gallico’s novel set in the 1950s about a cleaning lady in London who falls in love with a Christian Dior dress and sets her heart to go to Paris to own a Dior gown.
2 October 2022 US – AMC’s Interview with a Vampire (TV Series)
Adaptation of the gothic novel by Anne Rice.
7 October 2022 UK | 16 September 2022 Canada/US – The Woman King (Movie) ★★★★★
Inspired by true events during the Kingdom of Dahomey about the all-female Agojie army. Set in 1823.
7 October 2022 (Amazon Prime) | 23 September 2022 US (limited release) – Catherine Called Birdy (Movie) ★★★★
Adaptation of Karen Cushman’s novel of the same name starring Bella Ramsay as Catherine. Set in 13th C England.
7 October 2022 – Amsterdam (Movie)
Set in the US in the 1930s about three friends who witness a murder and become suspects.
8 October 2022 Germany (Sky One) | 14 October 2022 UK (Sky Atlantic) – ARD’s Babylon Berlin S4 (TV Series)
Set in 1930-31.
14 October 2022 UK – Emily (Movie)
A biographical film about Emily Brontë (starring Emma Mackey).
14 October 2022 – Disney+’s Rosaline (TV movie) Just added!
A comedic retelling of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ about Rosaline who tries to win back Romeo.
14 October 2022 US – White Bird (Movie)
A spin-off sequel/prequel of Wonder (2017) based on the graphic novel by R. J. Palacio. In this film, Julian’s grandmother tells him about her childhood as a young Jewish girl in France during WWII and the importance of kindness.
14 October 2022 (limited) | 28 October 2022 US/Canada | 13 January 2023 UK – Till (Movie)
Set in 1955 about Emmett Till horrific murder and his mother’s fight for justice.
16 October 2022 @ 8pm US (Masterpiece) | Canada (CBC) | 14 June 2022 UK (Alibi) – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke S2 (TV Series) ★★★★
Renewed for S3.
21 October 2022 UK/US | 28 October 2022 Canada – The Banshees of Inisherin (Movie)
Set in a fictional island of Inisherin, just off Ireland’s west coast, in 1923 about two lifelong friends who reach an impasse.
24 October 2022 Canada (CBC) | 1 May 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece PBS) | 3 October 2021 UK – BBC One’s Ridley Road (TV Series)
Thriller set in the 1960s about a young Jewish woman who falls in love with a member of the 62 Group and joins the fight against fascism in London.
28 October 2022 | 29 September 2022 Germany (cinema) – Netflix’s Im Westen nichts Neues | All Quiet on the Western Front (Movie)
Anti-war film based on the 1929 novel by WWI German veteran, Erich Maria Remarque about a young German soldier’s experiences on the Western Front.
31 October 2022 France | 2022 UK (BBC2) | 2023 US/Canada (PBS) – Canal+’s Marie Antoinette (TV Series) Just updated!
Eight part series on the young Marie Antoinette. Starring Emilia Schüle as Marie Antoinette.
4 November 2022 – Netflix’s Enola Holmes S2 (TV Movie)
Based on Nancy Springer’s novel series about Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ teenage sister, starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, Henry Cavill as Sherlock, and Sam Claflin as Mycroft.
6 November 2022 US – Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons S1 (TV Series) Just updated!
Eight episode series inspired by the 18th Century French novel told from the Marquise de Merteuil’s perspective. Renewed for S2.
7 November 2022 France – France2’s Diane de Poitiers (TV Mini Series) Just added!
Four-part drama (or 2 episodes x 90min) on Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II of France.
11 November 2022 | 2022 UK (BBC2) – Amazon Prime’s The English (TV Series) Just added!
Six-part Western set in 1890 about an Englishwoman who seeks revenge on the man she believes is responsible for the death of her son.
16 November 2022 – Netflix’s The Wonder (Movie)
Psychological thriller set in 19th C Ireland about a nurse who has been hired to investigate the case of a child who has not eaten for four months. Thank you, Maria!
17 November 2022 – Netflix’s 1899 (TV Series) Just updated!
Eight-part drama about multinational immigrants heading to New York who encounter another migrant ship and get caught up in a nightmarish riddle.
23 November 2022 – Devotion (Movie)
Biographical film based on the novel Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos, about the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, during the Korean War.
27 November 22 – Hallmark’s A Holiday Spectacular (TV movie) Just added!
Set in NYC in 1958 about Maggie who makes her secret dream come true when she dances live on stage in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
2 December 2022 – Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (TV movie)
Adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s novel.
23 December 2022 US (cinema – limited) | 6 January 2023 – Netflix’s The Pale Blue Eyes (Movie)
Gothic horror movie based on Louis Bayard’s novel set in 1830. Veteran detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) and Edgar Allan Poe, a young cadet at the United States Military Academy in New York, investigates a series of murders at the academy.
23 December 2022 – Babylon (Movie) Just updated!
Set in Hollywood in the late 1920s as it was transitioning from silent films to talkies with a mix of historical and fictional characters.
30 December 2022 UK | 7 July 2022 Germany – Corsage (Movie) ★★★★
About Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria (portrayed by Vicky Krieps) as she approaches her 40th birthday. Set between 1877-78.
Late 2022 UK (ITVX) – ITV’s The Confessions of Frannie Langton (TV Series)
Four-part book-to-film adaptation by Sara Collins’ on race, class, and oppression set in the 19th Century. This murder mystery follows Frannie Langton, an enslaved woman from Jamaica who ends up in London and is accused of the double murders of her employers.
Period Dramas 2023 – Beyond
2023 – Apple TV+’s Balenciaga (TV Series)
Six-part biographical drama about fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Thank you, Valerie!
2023 – Netflix’s Bridgerton S3 (TV Series)
2023-24 Canada (CBC) – Bones of Crows: The Series (Movie)
Five-part hour-long series that is an expanded version of the film.
2023 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S12 (TV Series)
Plus Christmas Special.
2024 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S13 (TV Series)
Plus Christmas Special.
2025? – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S14 (TV Series)
7 April 2023 – Chevalier (Movie)
Based on the true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who was the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner. Thank you, Brittany!
2023? US – Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons S2 (TV Series) Just added!
2023? – Sky One’s Das Boot S4 (TV Series)
2023 – ITV’s Endeavour S9 (TV Series)
2023 – HBO’s The Gilded Age S2 (TV Series)
2023 – ITV’s Grantchester S8 (TV Series)
2023 | France 2024 (Netflix) – Jeanne du Barry (Movie)
Biopic on Jeanne du Barry (played by Maïwenn), the last mistress of Louis XV (played by Johnny Depp).
2023 Canada – CBC’s Macy Murdoch (TV Series) Just added!
Eight-part Murdoch Mysteries spinoff on Detective William Murdoch’s 16-year-old time-travelling great-great-great-granddaughter who travels back in time to 1910 with her two friends to absolve Detective Murdoch of a murder he did not commit.
Early 2023 UK | 8 January 2023 US (Masterpiece PBS) – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke S3 (TV Series)
2023 – Amazon Prime’s My Lady Jane (TV Series) Just added!
Retelling based on the YA historical fiction by Cynthia Hand about Lady Jane Grey where Lady Jane saves herself and her kingdom.
2023 – The Nightingale (Movie)
Adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel about two sisters in France during WWII. Starring sister actors Elle and Dakota Fanning.
21 July 2023 US – Oppenheimer (Movie)
Cillian Murphy stars as American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’.
2023 – Outlander S7 (TV Series)
2023 – Peaky Blinders (Movie)
Set in WWII.
2023 US | UK (Sky Atlantic) – HBO’s Perry Mason S2 (TV Series)
2023 – Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (TV Series)
Prequel about young Queen Charlotte. It will also feature the backstories of Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton.
2023 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | UK (Britbox) – Masterpiece PBS’s Sanditon S3 (TV series)
16 March 2023 Germany – Sisi & Ich (Movie)
Film about Empress Sisi of Austria told from the point of view of her last lady-in-waiting, Irma Sztáray.
2024 – Disney+’s Snow White (Movie)
Starring Rachel Zegler as Snow White and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.
5 April 2023 France – The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan (Movie)
Starring Eva Green as Milady de Winter, Vincent Cassel as Athos, etc. This French adaptation will include Hannibal, based on the true story of the first Black musketeer in France, Louis Anniaba.
13 December 2023 France – The Three Musketeers – Milady (Movie)
Starring Eva Green as Milady de Winter, Vincent Cassel as Athos, etc. This French adaptation will include Hannibal, based on the true story of the first Black musketeer in France, Louis Anniaba.
2023 – Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla S2 (TV Series)
2023 UK | US/Canada (Masterpiece PBS) – BBC One’s World on Fire S2 (TV Series)
Period Dramas in Development / Rumoured Period Dramas
- Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S4 (TV Series)
- Audrey Hepburn biopic (Movie)
Starring Rooney Mara as Audrey.
- BBCOne’s Around the World in 80 Days S2 (TV Series)
- BBC’s Brideshead Revisited (TV Series)
A remake of the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh with Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, etc. – Put on hold.
- Netflix’s Bridgerton S4 (TV Series)
- Apple TV+’s The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Another adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel set in the 1870s about five wealthy American girls who seek titled English husbands during the London Season. Thank you, Leilah!
- Catherine the Great (Movie)
Starring Violetta Komyshan (potentially) or Keira Knightley as Catherine the Great.
- Charlotte (TV Miniseries)
Set in the South before the Civil War.
- The Chess Machine (Movie)
An action thriller written by Julian Fellowes based on true events. Set in late 18th Century Italy.
- Corto Maltese (Movie)
Set at the dawn of the 20th Century about Corto Maltese, the fictional sailor and adventurer by Italian comic book creator, Hugo Pratt.
- The Custom of the Country (TV Movie)
Adapted from Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel.
- BBC One’s Death Comes As The End (TV Miniseries)
Three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel set in Ancient Egypt in 2000 BC.
- Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde (Movie)
Planned adaptation by Guillermo del Toro.
- Firebrand (Movie)
Starring Alicia Vikander as Catherine Parr in a movie about Catherine Parr and Henry VIII’s marriage.
- Starz’s Untitled Eleanor of Aquitaine Series (TV Series)
A new series on Eleanor of Aquitaine based on Alison Weir’s Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life and Captive Queen.
- BBC One’s The Elephant Man (TV Miniseries)
Two-part drama on Joseph Merrick.
- 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.
- Five Arrows (TV Series)
Set in the 19th Century about the Rothschild dynasty. Penned by Julian Fellowes.
- Flying Horse (Movie)
About photographer Eadweard Muybridge following the affair between his wife and another man.
- Untitled Fred Astaire Biopic (Movie)
Starring Tom Holland as Fred Astaire.
- Frankenstein (Movie)
Planned adaptation by Guillermo del Toro.
- Untitled Gene Kelly Movie (Movie)
Set in 1952 about a 12-year-old boy working at the MGM Lot who meets and befriends Gene Kelly. Starring Chris Evans as Gene Kelly (rumoured).
- 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.
- RTVE’s Glow & Darkness (TV Series)
About St Francis of Assisi and the historical figures during his lifetime.
- ITV’s The Great Gatsby (TV Series)
New adaptation by Michael Hirst with a more inclusive and diverse cast that will more accurately depict New York’s Jazz subculture and African American population.
- Showtime’s Hedy Lamarr Project (TV Miniseries)
Gal Gadot will portray Hedy Lamarr.
- The Hood (Movie)
Benedict Cumberbatch to star in a movie about the Peasants’ Revolt in England.
- How to Stop Time (Movie)
Adaptation of Matt Haig’s time-travelling novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
- ABC Signature’s Josephine (TV Series)
Ruth Negga will play Josephine Baker.
- Josephine Baker’s Last Dance (Movie)
Book-to-film adaptation of Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones. Paula Patton will star in and produce the film. Thank you, Maaja!
- Josephine and Napoleon (TV Series)
Eight-part drama in English about Josephine (Berenice Bejo) and Napoleon Bonaparte.
- The Lost Wife (Movie)
Book-to-film adaptation of Alyson Richman’s novel set in Prague. Daisy Ridley stars as a Polish art student who is separated from her beloved during WWII.
- Royal House of Savoy / Marie-José (TV Series)
Series on Marie-José, the last Queen of Italy from her days as a young Belgian princess to her marriage to Umberto (Umberto II). To begin filming in Autumn 2022.
- Royal House of Savoy / Marie-José (Movie)
To begin filming in Autumn 2023.
- Disney’s Marley (TV Movie)
A musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ told through the eyes of Scrooge’s business partner, Marley.
- Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S5 (TV Series)
- Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters (TV Miniseries)
A two-part biopic on English fossil collector, Mary Anning, during the 19th Century.
- Apple TV+’s Masters of the Air (TV Miniseries)
Follow up to ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘The Pacific’ about the 8th Air Force during WWII. Nine episodes.
- Mission to Paris (Movie)
Based on the novel. Set in 1938 in Paris.
- Masterpiece PBS’s Miss Austen (Miniseries)
Four hour miniseries based on Gill Hornby’s novel about the lives and loves of Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. Thank you, Gay!
- Masterpiece PBS’s Mrs. Churchill (TV Series)
Five-part drama on Clementine, the wife of Winston Churchill.
- Apple TV+’s Napoleon (Movie)
Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon and Vanessa Kirby as Empress Josephine.
- New Amsterdam (Movie)
About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
- Apple TV+’s The New Look (TV Series)
Inspired by true events and filmed exclusively in Paris, this film will explore Christian Dior’s rise to fame and his contemporary rivals, including Coco Chanel, Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent. Thank you, Valerie!
- Starz’s Outlander: Blood of My Blood (TV Series)
Prequel that follows the love story of Jamie Fraser’s parents.
- Hulu’s The Other Typist (TV Series)
Set in 1924 in NYC at the height of Prohibition. Produced by and starring Keira Knightley.
- France – Paris Police 1900 S2 (TV Series)
- 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 1900s. Starring Viola Davis, Quvenzhané Wallis, etc.
Sarah Snook as Anne Elliot and Joel Fry as Captain Wentworth.
- 2022 – Disney+’s Peter Pan & Wendy (Movie)
A live action film inspired by Peter Pan (1953 Disney animation).
- 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.
- Pride and Prejudice (Movie)
A darker adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.
- 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.
- Seacole (Movie)
Biographical film set during the Crimean War about British-Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who cared for the wounded British soldiers.
- 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.
- Seven Kings Must Die (Movie)
The Last Kingdom feature film following S5. Filming begins in 2022.
- Sherlock Holmes 3 (Movie)
Sequel to Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock.
- TVNOW’s Sisi S2 (TV Miniseries)
- Disney+’s The Sword in the Stone (Movie)
A live-action film of the Disney cartoon; still casting.
- BBC One’s Taboo S2 (TV Series)
- UK – ITV’s Three Little Birds (TV Miniseries)
Six episodes written by Sir Lenny Henry who was inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica in the 1950s for Great Britain.
- ABC’s Timewasters (TV Series)
A US remake of the British comedy series. Set in New York in 1926.
- PBS/ITV’s Tom Jones (TV Miniseries)
Four part miniseries set in the 18th Century based on Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.
- Disney’s Tower of Terror (Movie)
Based on the Disney attraction set in a 1930s Hollywood hotel. Starring Scarlett Johansson.
- BBC Two’s Vienna Blood S3 (TV Miniseries)
- Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla S3 (TV Series)
- 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!
- Vivling (TV Series)
Series on the personal and professional life of Vivien Leigh, starring Natalie Dormer as Leigh.
- The War Rooms (TV Series)
Focuses on the women who worked in Churchill’s secret bunker.
- The Winter King (TV Series)
10-part returning series based on Bernard Cornwell’s Arthurian novel.
- BBC Two’s Wolf Hall S2 (TV Series)
Based on Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming novel, ‘The Mirror and the Light’ (published in March 2020).
- A Woman of No Importance (Movie)
Based on Sonia Purnell’s biography of Virginia Hall (Daisy Ridley), an American spy who worked for British intelligence during World War II.
- Women in the Castle (Movie)
Based on Jessica Shattuck’s novel about three widows of conspirators involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler who struggle with their past and Germany’s liberation.
- Young Woman and the Sea (Movie)
Biographical film about Trudy Ederle (Lily James) who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Currently filming.
Whilst you wait for the new dramas, you can visit Period Dramas 2021 to catch up on 2021 films.