Period Films
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Lizzie19 Jan 2018 (festival release)Feature film. A psychological thriller starring Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny, based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family. IMDB
Colette20 Jan 2018 (festival release)Feature film. The story of a marriage, Colette shows the lengths one woman must go to escape her husband's control and claim her voice as an artist. Starring Keira Knightley. IMDB
Winchester02 Feb 2018Feature film. Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Starring Helen Mirren. TRAILER | IMDB
Jamestown S209 Feb 20188 episodes, Sky 1. Series 2. A drama about English settlers in America in 1617. As Jamestown returns for the second series, a terrible crime throws suspicion on the whole colony. IMDB
Black 4715-25 Feb 2018Feature film. The Irish revenge story which is set during the Famine. Stars James Frecheville as Feeney, an Irish Ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British Army but becomes a deserter and returns home. When he discovers what has happened to his family, Feeney swears vengeance. His old British Army comrade Hannah (Hugo Weaving) is then dispatched to put an end to Feeney's uprising. The cast also includes Irish actors Stephen Rea, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene and Jim Broadbent. Black 47 is to receive its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and later in 2018 it will open in Irish cinemas. IMDB
Troy – Fall Of A City17 Feb 20188 episodes, BBC. Retelling the story of the 10 year siege of Troy, which occurred in the 12 or 13th century BC. The story is told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege. TRAILER | IMDB
When Calls the Heart S518 Feb 201810 episodes, Hallmark. Series 5. Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. IMDB
Mary Magdalene16 Mar 2018Feature film. The story of Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor. TRAILER | IMDB
The Terror26 Mar 201810 episodes, AMC. Based on the novel by Dan Simmons. Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Starring Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Tobias Menzies. TRAILER | IMDB
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society19 Apr 2018

Feature film. Starring Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. IMDB

The Happy Prince24 May 2018Feature film. The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson. IMDB
Mary Shelley06 Jul 2018Feature film. The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. Starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt. IMDB
Wuthering Heights30 Jul 2018Feature film. An adaptation by Elisaveta Abrahall with Paul Eryk Atlas as Heathcliff and Sha'ori Morris as Catherine. IMDB
Christopher Robin03 Aug 2018Feature film. An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh's lost friends. Not sure if this fits here, waiting for trailer. IMDB
Victoria S3? Aug 20188 episodes, ITV. The drama is likely to return in August 2018 given that both seasons one and two premiered in the same month. Writer Daisy Goodwin said: “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
Robin Hood21 Sep 2018Feature film. A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Paul Anderson, Jamie Foxx, Eve Hewson. IMDB
Rémi sans famille28 Sep 2018Feature film. Hector Malot adaptation. The story revolves around a young boy named Rémi, who at age 8 finds out he is actually adopted. Shortly after, he is sold to a travelling musician named Vitalis by his grumpy step dad, which is the start of a long series of adventures. Along the way, Rémi makes new friends, but also loses several people close to him, and slowly learns more about his past. IMDB
Frontier S3? Nov 20186 episodes, Netflix/Discovery Canada. Series 3. The show stars Jason Momoa as Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade. Other castmembers include Landon Liboiron, Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, Jessica Matten, Allan Hawco and Katie McGrath. IMDB
Mary Queen of Scots02 Nov 2018Feature 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
Outlaw King23 Nov 2018Feature film. A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army. Starring Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stephen Dillane. IMDB
Upstart Crow S3? Nov 20186 episodes, BBC. The sitcom sees David Mitchell star as playwright William Shakespeare, attempting to make his mark in Tudor London. Guest starring Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Montserrat Lombard, Beattie Edmondson and Ben Miller. Autumn 2018. IMDB
The Crown S3? Dec 201810 (?) 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
Call the Midwife S7: Christmas special25 Dec 20181 episode, BBC. Christmas special before the series 8. 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
Mary Poppins Returns25 Dec 2018Feature film. Musical from Rob Marshall. In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Emily Blunt as Mary, also starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury, Lin-Manuel Miranda. IMDB
Upstart Crow S3: Christmas special25 Dec 20181 episode, BBC. The sitcom sees David Mitchell star as playwright William Shakespeare, attempting to make his mark in Tudor London. The special will have Emma Thompson guest starring as Queen Elizabeth I, Kenneth Branagh as a mysterious stranger and Lily Cole as Ephie. IMDB
Woman in White20185 episodes, BBC. Ben Hardy, Jessie Buckley, Dougray Scott & Charles Dance star in BBC’s ‘The Woman In White’ remake. Story follows Walter Hartright who encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road and is soon drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world. Romance, suspense and danger combine as secrets come to the fore in what is largely viewed as the first psychologically thriller novel. It’s a haunting tale of insanity and identity set against the shadowy paths and corridors of English country houses and ultimately into the depths of a Victorian madhouse. IMDB
The Aftermath2018Feature 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
Ashes in the Snow2018Feature 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 Papers2018Feature 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? IMDB
The Durrells S320186 (?) episodes, ITV. Based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, the family drama tells the story of Louisa Durrell, who makes a radical change and uproots her four unruly ‘children’ Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, from Bournemouth to start a new life in Corfu in the 1930s. IMDB
Las chicas del cable / Cable Girls S320188 (?) episodes, Netflix. Set in the 1920s, this is the story of four women from different backgrounds newly hired as operators for a phone company. IMDB
Harlots S220188 (?) episodes, Hulu/ITV. Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters as she struggles to reconcile her role as mother and brothel owner when her business comes under attack from a ruthless rival madam. Liv Tyler has joined the upcoming second season as a new series regular. IMDB
The Last Kingdom S320188 (?) episodes, BBC/Netflix. The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. The Last Kingdom has so far adapted the first four books in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, with a third season likely to cover books five and six: The Burning Land and Death of Kings. IMDB
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S220188 episodes, Amazon. A housewife in the 1950s decides to become a stand-up comic. IMDB
Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters2018Feature 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
Medici: Masters of Florence S220188 (?) episodes, Netflix. A political family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. The second season will feature Daniel Sharman as Lorenzo De Medici and Sean Bean will play Jacopo de Pazzi. It is expected to hit Netflix after the show has aired in Italy. Frank Spotnitz, the show’s co-creator, has revealed that S2 will jump ahead 20 years and will focus on Lorenzo ‘the Magnificent’, Cosimo’s grandson who reigned for more than 20 years but drove the family bank to ruin. IMDB
New Amsterdam2018Feature film. A historical adventure about New York City when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam, discovered by Henry Hudson and run by the infamous Peter Stuyvesant. Starring Famke Janssen, Timothy Spall, Samantha Barks, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Conleth Hill, Graham Greene, John Bradley, François Arnaud. IMDB
Ordeal by Innocence20183 episodes, BBC. Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence. Originally scheduled to air around the Christmas season but in January 2018 the BBC announced that they were commencing re-shoots with Christian Cooke replacing Ed Westwick. New air date is yet to be revealed. IMDB
Outlander S4Autumn 201813 episodes, Starz. An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Series 4 will be based on Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. TRAILER | IMDB
Peterloo2018Feature film. The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. Starring Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear, David Bamber, Nico Mirallegro, Leo Bill, Alastair Mackenzie, Patrick Kennedy. IMDB
A Place to Call Home S6201812 (?) episodes, Seven. A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia. IMDB
Poldark S420188 episodes, BBC. Ross must defend Cornwall from an empowered George Warleggan, and risks everything he holds dear as he embarks on a political journey which takes him to the nation's capital. IMDB
The Red Man's View2018Feature 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
Vanity Fair20187 episodes, ITV/Amazon. An adaptation of the 1848 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. Starring Olivia Cooke, Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp, Johnny Flynn as William Dobbin, Claudia Jessie as Amelia Sedley, Tom Bateman as Rawdon Crawley, Suranne Jones as Miss Pinkerton. IMDB
Versailles S3201810 episodes, Canal. Series 3. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things. IMDB
Vita and Virginia2018Feature 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
Woman Walks Ahead2018Feature film. Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land. IMDB
Black Narcissus20183 episodes, BBC. Adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love from Amanda Coe. Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of World War Two, Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu.
Picnic at Hanging Rock20186 episodes, Amazon. Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900. Miniseries based on the book. IMDB
The Seagull2018Feature film. Adaption of the Chekhov play set in the 1900s, starring Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan. IMDB
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