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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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
Black 4715-25 Feb 2018 (festival release)Feature 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
Versailles S323 Apr 201810 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
The Happy Prince15 Jun 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
Woman Walks Ahead29 Jun 2018Feature 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
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
Harlots S211 Jul 20188 (?) 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
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
Colette21 Sep 2018Feature 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
Ashes in the Snow12 Oct 2018Feature 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
A Place to Call Home S6Oct 201812 (?) 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
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
Peterloo02 Nov 2018Feature 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
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
Outlander S4Nov 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
Rémi sans famille12 Dec 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. IMDB
Nellie Bly2018(?) episodes, Lifetime. A psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere. Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. IMDB
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco2018(?) episodes, Britbox/ITV. ‘The Bletchley Circle’ spinoff will follow two of the original lead characters, Millie (Rachel Stirling) and Jean (Julie Graham), as they travel to 1956 America and join forces with two U.S. codebreakers to tackle a string of murder cases. IMDB
In Like Flynn2018Feature film. The biopic depicts Errol Flynn's roust-about early life in Australia, before he became an internationally famed celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. IMDB
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
The Favourite2018Feature film. An upcoming biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, from a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The story focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics between two cousins jockeying to be court favorites during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. It stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn. 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
Call the Midwife S820198 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 S3? Jan 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
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
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
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
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