Period Films
Period drama index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
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Les Misérables20186 episodes, BBC. Written by Andrew Davies. Dominic West as Jean Valjean, Lily Collins as Fantine, David Oyelowo as Javert, Erin Kellyman as Eponine. IMDB
Ashes in the Snow11 Jan 2019Feature film. World War II drama based on the best-seller Between Shades of Gray by Lithuanian-American writer of historical fiction Ruta Sepetys. The coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas (Bel Powley) who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during World War II. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings. IMDB
The Aspern Papers11 Jan 2019Feature film. Based on Henry James' novella. Set in Venice in 1885, Morton Vint (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an ambiguous young writer fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern, strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana Bordereau (Vanessa Redgrave). Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Joely Richardson), whom she dominates and Morton will come to seduce. But do these letters really exist and what scandalous information about Juliana and Aspern will they bring to the surface? TRAILER | IMDB
Victoria S313 Jan 20198 episodes, ITV. Writer Daisy Goodwin: “Series three will start in 1848 which was a hugely dramatic and eventful time for both the royal family and Europe, with revolutions on the continent and uncertainty around the monarchy.” IMDB
Mary Queen of Scots18 Jan 2019Feature film. Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Brendan Coyle, Martin Compston. IMDB
Beecham HouseJan 20196 episodes, ITV. A look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century. IMDB
Vita and Virginia24 Jan 2019Feature film. It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf. IMDB
Call the Midwife S8Jan 20198 episodes, BBC. The drama follows a dedicated team of midwives and nuns working at a convent in London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s. The show is based on real-life nurse Jennifer Worth’s best-selling trilogy of memoirs. IMDB
The Crown S3Jan 201910 episodes, Netflix. Series 3 will have the new cast, notably Olivia Colman will be replacing Claire Foy. Series writer Peter Morgan is planning to tell the Queen's story over six series in total. IMDB
Catherine the Great20194 episodes, HBO/SKY. Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren), who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century, the limited series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign during her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke). Gina McKee as Countess Bruce, Catherine’s lifelong friend and confidante; Rory Kinnear as Minister Panin, a skillful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son; Richard Roxburgh as Grigory Orlov, one of Catherine’s former lovers, who helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; Kevin R. McNally as Alexei Orlov, who, with his brother Grigory, helped orchestrate the coup that brought Catherine to power; Joseph Quinn as Paul, Catherine’s son and heir; and Sam Palladio as Alexander Vasilchikov, Catherine’s young lover. IMDB
The Aftermath01 Mar 2019Feature film. "The Aftermath" is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. IMDB
Gentleman Jack20198 episodes, HBO/BBC One. Written by Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible). Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals; and most importantly, with her would-be-wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker. IMDB
Outlander S5Nov 201912 episodes, Starz. An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. IMDB
A Christmas Carol(?) 25 Dec 20193 episodes, BBC One. A television adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo). Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, calls Knight “a genius” and suggests viewers be “prepared to be blown away by his wholly original and visionary take on some of Britain’s best loved classics.” We just hope it will be a classic period adaptation. IMDB
Call the Midwife S8: Christmas special25 Dec 20191 episode, BBC. The drama follows a dedicated team of midwives and nuns working at a convent in London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s. The show is based on real-life nurse Jennifer Worth’s best-selling trilogy of memoirs. IMDB
The Name of the Rose20198 episodes, Rai (Italy). A monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey. Television adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose'. Starring John Turturro, Rupert Everett. IMDB
Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters2019 ?Feature film. The film reveals the life, plight and loves of the eminent Mary Anning, an 1800's fossil hunter - navigating her career and research in a male dominated society at a time when women's research was largely unrecognised or plagiarised by men. Predominantly unknown despite her spectacular finds, including Icthyiousauri, a Pterodactyl and Plesiosaurus, and notwithstanding the fact that Darwins' 'Origin of Species' was largely influenced by her work. She is at last becoming the most celebrated paleontologist of all time. IMDB
Peaky Blinders S520196 episodes, BBC2. A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world. IMDB
Taboo S2(?) Jan 20198 episodes, BBC/FX. Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder. IMDB
Poldark S520198 episodes, BBC. Though there's been no official word on the show's future, Aidan Turner has suggested that a fifth series of Poldark is also in the works, and that it will likely be the show's final outing. IMDB
The Red Man's View2021Feature film. The bold and definitive film about the tragic history of Native Americans at the end of an era, when the American nation struggles with a changing radical government that during its 'Civil' war, professes freedom for all, but incites destruction and the eradication of an entire people and its culture. About a Shoshone band who lived in a secluded valley that are discovered by a group of Union soldiers and squatters and forced to move from their home. They are moved from valley to valley as the Union takes more and more of their land in a plan to eradicate the country of 'Savages' exterminating all Native Americans. IMDB
Vikings S6201920 episodes, History. Vikings creator and executive producer Michael Hirst said of the new season: “The vikings are going ever outwards as raiders and traders. I’m writing season six now and they’re in the Silk Road. They’re trading with the Russians, going to China, they’re all around the Mediterranean. And it’s actually what happened.” IMDB
Pride and Prejudice2020? episodes, ITV. Production company Mammoth Screen plans to tease out the “darker tones” of Jane Austen’s classic novel in a new ITV adaptation written by Nina Raine. This will be Raine’s first TV adaptation. The dates and cast for the production and broadcast are still to be confirmed, but there is a chance the new version could air in 2020.
The Singapore Grip(?) 2019

6 episodes, ITV. The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell tells the story of a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. It follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty, who live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. However, the story takes a turn when the son of his business partner Mr Webb becomes involved with his daughter Joan before falling under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee. It is being adapted by Christopher Hampton, who wrote feature films including A Dangerous Method, Atonement, The Quiet American and who won an Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons. Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria) produces.

Call the Midwife S920208 episodes, BBC. The drama follows a dedicated team of midwives and nuns working at a convent in London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s. The show is based on real-life nurse Jennifer Worth’s best-selling trilogy of memoirs. IMDB
Taboo S320208 episodes, BBC/FX. Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder. Last series. IMDB
The Gilded Age201910 episodes, NBC. Set in New York City in 1882, the series will follow Marian Brook, the young heiress of a conservative family who is tasked with infiltrating the world of their wealthy neighbors, ruled by railroad tycoon George Russell. Complications arise amid a wide cast of characters including the rakish young Russell son Larry and matriarch Bertha, whose new money presents a social barrier to acceptance by the upper set. IMDB
To Sir With Loveunknown

TV film. BBC One has commissioned a 90-minute film based on Guyanese author E.R. Braithwaite’s 1959 novel, which was adapted for the screen in 1967 and starred Sidney Poitier, in a post-war London tale of social and racial strife in an inner-city school.

Untitled Downton Abbey ProjectunknownFeature film. The film has been confirmed and there is a script. Stately home Highclere Castle has been booked to record the Downton Abbey movie. But they have not yet been able to sign up all of the cast and Dame Maggie Smith has said that she does not want to return. IMDB
EmperorunknownFeature film. Action epic about a young girl who seeks revenge on the holy roman Emperor Charles V for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason... it's the 16th century revisited. Starring Adrien Brody, Sophie Cookson, Paz Vega, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Marsan. IMDB
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of TearsunknownFeature film. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is set to take place in the 1920s, and will follow the events of season three. A Kickstarter campaign for a movie has raised more than $643,000. Phryne Fisher will take off on “a global adventure — via romantic wayside stops in the Far East, glamorous sojourns in the mansions of London, and a battle to survive the rolling sands of the Arabian Desert,” the Kickstarter says. According to Inside Film, the movie will likely be filmed in Australia, London and either Morocco or Israel in May/June 2018. IMDB
The Personal History of Rachel DuPreeunknownFeature film. A heavily pregnant woman on an isolated, drought-stricken ranch in 1900s is not certain if she can trust her husband to put her and their starving children before his own ambitions and is forced to take survival into her own hands. IMDB
Flying HorseunknownFeature film. A biopic of pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge, following the courtship and love affair between Muybridge's wife, Flora, and Harry Larkyns. Gary Oldman is attached. IMDB
Emma and NelsonunknownFeature film. A look at the love affair between 19th century British admiral Lord Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton. Written by Julian Fellowes. IMDB
Dangerous Liaisonsunknown? episodes, BBC. According to Deadline, Choderlos de Laclos's classic 18th-century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was to be written as a drama serial by Christopher Hampton. But this news is 5 years old so apparently it's not happening.
CharlotteunknownTV mini-series. During America's tumultuous years before the Civil War, a Southern family struggles with being societies "upper-crust" while operating a profitable plantation and secretly pushing for the emancipation of slaves. IMDB
Empire RisingunknownFeature film. An adaptation of Thomas Kelly's novel. A construction worker on New York's Empire State Building during the early 1930s gets caught up in a gun smuggling ring for the IRA and a love triangle with a beautiful artist. Guy Ritchie is attached. IMDB
The Chess MachineunknownFeature film. A dramatic action thriller, set in late 1700s Italy, based on true events. When the film opens, Baron Kempelen discovers Tibor in prison and offers him a lucrative but peculiar job; squeeze into a small cabinet and beat the world's greatest chess players by controlling the movements of a life-sized mannequin called "The Turk." Tibor knows this is a bargain with the devil, but he's desperate to disappear, so he agrees. Having promised the Empress of Italy a dazzling exhibition within six months, Kempelen and his team, including a brilliant craftsman named Jakob, must overcome all manner of obstacles, which requires as much attention to engineering as to psychology. Peter Dinklage produces. IMDB
Catherine the GreatunknownFeature film. Sophia Augusta's marriage to Peter III, the Emperor of Russia, is anything but the fairy-tale life that she had been promised. In a historical tale of political intrigue, sex and murder, she takes control of her life, her marriage, and her kingdom, becoming one of Russia's most celebrated and beloved monarchs. Starring Keira Knightley as Catherine the Great (rumored). IMDB
The Custom of the CountryunknownFeature film. Adapted from Edith Wharton's 1913 novel. Undine Spragg, a cunning and attractive woman living in New York during the early part of the Twentieth Century, rises to the top of the city's high society. Scarlett Johansson attached. IMDB
HarrietunknownFeature film. The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849. IMDB
Randi (formerly Of Corset's Mine)unknownFeature film. A turn-of-the-century cross-dressing romantic farce about a womanizing aristocrat forced to disguise himself as a woman in order to save the family's inheritance at the expense of losing the love of his life. It's a sexy, hip, period comedy. IMDB
The Serpent and the MoonunknownTV series. Julian Fellowes adapting a Princess Michael of Kent's novel which is based on the love triangle between the young French king Henri II, his long-suffering wife Catherine de Medici, and his older mistress, Diane de Poitiers.
A Place of Greater Safetyunknown? episodes, BBC. Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel about the French revolution. Three young men – Georges-Jacques Danton, Mzimilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, all real figures involved in the revolution – must deal with the dark side of the period’s politics. Adapted by Richard Warlow, a writer on Ripper Street. The news is 3 years old though.
Black DiamondsunknownStatus unknown. Real-life feuds of a wealthy coal-mining dynasty as they built one of the biggest private homes in Europe. The BBC confirmed the programme was in the very early stages of development but we doubt it is being developed now.
Mary BurtonunknownStatus unknown. In 2012 we learned that Heidi Thomas, the creator and writer of the BBC1 hit Call the Midwife, worked on the draft script of the first episode for BBC Wales, but since then there were no news on the project.
TolkienunknownFeature film The film focuses on the orphaned author Tolkien, author of the “Lord of the Rings” books, as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school and serves as a British soldier in World War I. Starring Nicholas Hoult. IMDB
RadioactiveunknownFeature film. A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century. Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie. IMDB
The Devil in the White CityunknownFeature film. An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women. Leonardo DiCaprio stars. IMDB
Banking on Mr. ToadunknownFeature film. A biopic about the writer Kenneth Grahame, the birth of his iconic story "The Wind In The Willows", and his life with wife Elspeth, and Alastair their troubled young son. The film will be a mix of live-action and CGI, the latter used to bring some of Grahame’s characters to life. Toby Kebbell attached, Lena Headey rumored. IMDB
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