It’s time to list the period dramas / historical dramas / costume dramas premiering in 2015 and further down the road! This time, however, I will not be able to do a Current & Upcoming Period Dramas 2014/15 post as it was the most time-consuming post I’ve had to update all year. 🙁 I will, however, try to do something similar with this post.
This list is in chronological (alphabetical where no date is specified) order by release date and will be updated as more period/costume dramas and release dates are known.
Click on the links for the complete lists of Period Dramas – Movies and Period Dramas – TV series.
- 1 January 2015 UK – The Theory of Everything (movie)
- 2 Jan 2015 UK – BBC1’s The Musketeers S2 (TV)
- 4 Jan 2015 US/Canada – Downton Abbey S5 (TV)
Set in 1924. Prepare for many changes in this series!
- 5 Jan 2015 UK – Father Brown S3 (TV)
- 6 Jan 2015 US/Canada – Agent Carter (TV)
- 7 Jan 2015 Canada – CBC’s The Book of Negroes (TV mini-series)
Based on Lawrence Hill’s novel by the same name (known as Someone Knows My Name in the US, Australia, and NZ); set during the American Revolutionary War and slave trade.
- 7 Jan 2015 France – Queen and Country (movie)
- 14 Jan 2015 France – Far From Men / Loin des Hommes (movie)
- 15 Jan 2015 & 20 Nov 2015 US – The Man in the High Castle (TV series)
Life in 1962 if the Nazis had won the war.
- 16 Jan 2015 UK – Testament of Youth (movie)
- 18 Jan 2015 UK / 29 Mar 2015 US/Canada – Call The Midwife S4 (TV)
Now set in the 1960’s.
- 20 January 2015 UK – BBC’s The Eichmann Show (TV)
- 21 January UK / 5 Apr US PBS 2015 – BBC2’s Wolf Hall (TV)
- 21 January UK 2015 – BBC’s Up the Women S2 (TV)
- 23 Jan 2015 UK / 11 Feb 2015 France – Suite Française (movie)
Based on the novel by Irène Némirovsky; set in WWII France; stars Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Kristin Scott Thomas, Ruth Wilson.
- 24 Jan 2015 – Black Sails S2 (TV)
- 25 Jan 2015 UK / 29 March 2015 US/Canada – Mr Selfridge S3 (TV)
ITV TV series on the Selfridges owner and employees, set in London in 1919, just after WWI (5 years after the 2nd series).
- 29 Jan 2015 Netherlands – Admiral / Michiel de Ruyter (movie)
- 6 Feb 2015 UK / 27 Mar 2015 US – A Little Chaos (movie)
Two landscape gardeners compete to design a fountain at Chateau de Versailles for Louis XIV.
- 15 Feb 2015 UK / 27 Sept 2015 US PBS – Channel 4’s Indian Summers S1 (TV)
Set in 1932 in England & India.
- 18 Feb 2015 Canada – CBC’s X Company (TV)
Set in Canada during WWII about an espionage camp.
- 19 Feb 2015 US – Vikings S3 (TV)
- 19 Feb 2015 China – Wolf Totem (movie)
Set in 1967 in China and Mongolia. A young urban student is sent to live with Mongolian herders.
- 20 Feb 2015 Estonia – 1944 (movie)
Estonian movie on the events of 1944 told through the point of view of one Estonian soldier.
- 21 Feb 2015 US – Murdoch Mysteries S8 (TV)
- 26 Feb 2015 Italy – Wondrous Boccaccio / Maraviglioso Boccacio (movie)
Italian film loosely based on the stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Set in 1348 in Florence, Italy, 10 children from wealthy families take turns to tell stories.
- 27 Feb 2015 US – Little Boy (movie)
- 2 March 2015 UK / 6 Sept 2015 US PBS – ITV’s Arthur & George (TV)
- 5 March 2015 – BBC2’s Banished (TV)
Set in 1788. Series on British convicts sent to Australia.
- 6 March 2015 Romania – Aferim! (movie)
Set in the early 19th Century in Wallachia (historical region of Romania) about a constable tracking an escaped Roma slave. This film sheds light about the little known gypsy slavery from the 14-19th centuries.
- 8 March UK /15 Apr Australia / 22 Apr NZ / 21 June 2015 US/Canada – BBC1’s Poldark S1 (TV)
A remake of the 1970 BBC series based on the Poldark novels. Set in Cornwall in the 1780’s. Series has been renewed.
- 9 March 2015 UK – WPC 56 (TV)
The challenges of the first Woman Polic Constable in the 1950’s in the UK.
- 13 March 2015 – Cinderella (movie) *fairytale
Live-action adaptation of the Disney animation, featuring 19th Century meets 1950’s costumes.
- 18 March 2015 France – Anton Tchekhov – 1890 (movie)
Set in 1890 about Russian writer, Anton Chekhov.
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- 27 March 2015 US / 24 Oct 2014 UK – Serena (movie)
- 1 April 2015 France / 24 April 2015 Quebec – Diary of a Chambermaid / Journal d’un femme de chambre (movie)
Set in France in the late 19th Century about a scheming servant of a wealthy family.
- 1 April 2015 Germany – Naked Among Wolves / Nackt unter Woelfen (TV movie)
- 3 April 2015 US / 10 Oct 2014 UK – Effie Gray (movie)
- 4 April US (Starz) / 5 April Canada (Showcase) 2015 – Outlander S1 (TV)
The second half of 16 episodes based on the historical romance novel of the same name. Set just after WWII and in 18th Century Scotland.
- 5 April 2015 Germany – Das Goldene Ufer (TV movie)
Set in the early 1800’s. Two of the main characters were in Generation War.
- 5 April 2015 US – Salem S2 (TV)
- 5 April 2015 US – Lizzie Borden Chronicles (TV mini)
Fictional account of Lizzie’s life after her 1892 acquittal of her father’s and stepmother’s murder.
- 6 April 2015 – Mad Men S7 Pt 2 (TV)
The series finale.
- 6 April 2015 – Beyond the Mask (movie)
A Christian movie action and romance film set during the American Revolution.
- 10 April 2015 US & UK / 4 June Germany – The Woman in Gold (movie)
Set in WWII and present-day about a Gustav Klimt portrait of a Holocaust survivor’s aunt and her fight to reclaim what was stolen by the Austrian Nazis.
- 9 April 2015 Germany – Elser / 13 Minutes (movie)
Set in Munich in 1939 about one man, Johann Georg Elser, who attempted to assassinate Hitler but missed by 13 minutes.
- 17 April 2015 – Child 44 (movie)
- 17 April 2015 UK / 27 Feb 2015 US (internet) – The Salvation (movie)
Set in the 1870’s in the US, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.
- 17 April 2015 US – Men Go to Battle (movie)
Set in Kentucky, USA in 1861 about two brothers struggling to keep their family farm afloat.
- 19-20 April – Deadline Gallipoli (TV miniseries)
Set in 1915 in Gallipoli about 3 journalists.
- 24 April 2015 UK / 24 Oct 2014 US – Stonehearst Asylum (movie)
Thriller set in 1899, England. Also known as Eliza Graves. Stars Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, David Thewlis, etc.
- 24 April 2015 US/Canada / 8 May 2015 UK – The Age of Adaline (movie)
A young woman aged 29 in the 1940’s ceases to age after a near-fatal accident. She carries her secret with her through the decades until she meets a man who changes her life forever. Stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and Michael Huisman (Game of Thrones).
- 25 April 2015 US (Hallmark) / 3 May 2015 Canada (Super Channel) – When Calls The Heart S2 (TV)
The second series of WCTH, based on When Courage Calls by Janette Oke.
- 29 Apr 2015 UK – BBC1’s Inspector George Gently S7 (TV)
- 1 May 2015 / 16 July Germany – Far From the Madding Crowd (movie)
Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy; set in the Victorian era; stars Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple, Matthias Schoenaerts (Suite Française).
- 3 May 2015 UK – ITV’s Home Fires (TV)
A WWII drama about a group of women in a rural Cheshire community.
- 8 May 2015 Australia / 28 Oct 2015 UK (Alibi) – ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries S3 (TV)
The Lady Detective Phryne returns for more mysteries to solve! Set in Australia during the 1920’s.
- 15 May 2015 UK / 4 December 2015 US – A Royal Night Out (movie)
This is a fictional account about the then-Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret having a night out to celebrate the end of WWII.
- 15 May US / 26 June UK 2015 – Slow West (movie)
A 19th-Century Western following the journey of a 17 y.o. man in search of the woman he loves, accompanied by a mysteries traveller; stars Michael Fassbender.
- 17 May 2015 UK / 13 June 2015 US (BBC America) – Jonathan Strange & Mr Nowell (TV)
Set in England during the Industrial Revolution about Strange and Nowell, both of whom practise magic.
- 30 May 2015 US – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (TV mini series)
About Marilyn Monroe’s family life and how she managed to hide her private life from the press.
- 2 June 2015 US – Flight World War II (movie)
Set in France in 1940 about Flight 42.
- 12 June 2015 (In select theatres, iTunes, and on demand) – Madame Bovary (movie)
- 18 June 2015 US – The Astronaut Wives Club (TV)
Based on Lily Koppel’s novel of the same name about the wives of the astronauts.
- 19 June UK / 17 July US 2015 – Mr. Holmes (movie)
Based on the novel, ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind’ by Mitch Cullin, on the aged Sherlock Holmes (played by Ian McKellen) solving one last mystery in 1947.
- 21 June 2015 US/Canada (already aired in the UK in 2014) – The Crimson Field (TV)
- 2 July 2015 Germany – ARD’s Luis Trenker – Der Schmale Grat Der Wahrheit / Trenker and Riefenstahl – A Fine Line Between Truth And Guilt (TV movie)
Set in Venice in 1948 with flashbacks to wartime Germany, about film director and actor Luis Trenker and film director Leni Riefenstahl.
- 12 July 2015 UK – BBC1’s The Outcast (TV – 2 part)
- 12 July 2015 – Masters of Sex S3 (TV)
Series on the relationship between Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson and their research on human sexuality during the late 1950’s – early 1960’s. Renewed for 12 episodes.
- 19 July 2015 UK – Spike TV’s Tut (TV)
Miniseries on King Tut.
- 26 July 2015 UK – BBC1’s Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime (TV – 6 part)
Set in 1960’s. Stars Jessica Raine (Nurse Lee from Call the Midwife) as Tuppence and David Walliams (hairdresser in Marie Antoinette) as Tommy.
- 27 July 2015 UK – BBC2’s Life in Squares (TV – 3 part)
Set in the early 20th Century, about the relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
- 31 July 2015 UK (BBC1) / 29 April 2015 US (BBC America) – Ripper Street S3 (TV)
- 7 Aug 2015 US – Casanova (TV)
Set in the 18th Century after Giacomo Casanova escapes prison and flees to France. Stars Miranda Richardson.
- 14 Aug 2015 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (movie)
Set in the early 1960’s. Stars Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair), Henry Cavill (The Tudors), Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger).
- 17 Aug 2015 UK – The Scandalous Lady W (TV)
Stars Natalie Dormer as the scandalous woman in red (Lady Worsley), Aneurin Barnard, and Shaun Evans in a 90-minute drama set in the 18th Century.
- 25 Aug US – Public Morals (TV series)
Set in 1960’s NY.
- 28 Aug 2015 China – A Tale of Three Cities (movie)
A historical romance from the 1930-50’s based on the lives of kung-fu master and actor Jackie Chan’s parents!
- 3 Sept 2015 Germany – Queen of the Desert (movie)
A biographical film starring Nicole Kidman as Gertrude Bell, who was a British explorer, traveller, cartographer, archaeologist, and political offer at the dawn of the 20th C.
- 6 Sept 2015 UK – BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (TV Movie)
Stars Holliday Grainger (Borgias) as Lady Constance Chatterley, Richard Madden (GOT) as Oliver Mellors, and James Norton (Death Comes to Pemberley).
- 7 Sept 2015 Spain – Carlos, Rey Emperador (TV)
17-episode drama on the reign of Charles I of the Spanish Empire or Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.
- 9 Sept 2015 China – 24 Turns / 二十四道拐 (TV)
CCTV’s TV series set in China during WWII . My former uni classmate in Chinese class plays US Engineer Capt. John Barnes.
- 10 Sept 2015 Spain – Velvet S3 (TV)
- 10 Sept 2015 Spain – Aguila Roja S8 (TV)
Set in the 17th Century.
- 10 Sept 2015 Canada (TIFF) – A Tale of Love and Darkness (movie)
Based on the novel by Amos Oz on his childhood and teenage years during the early years of the State of Israel. Directed by and starring Natalie Portman as Oz’s mother. In Hebrew.
- 13 Sept 2015 UK – BBC’s An Inspector Calls (TV movie)
Thriller set in 1912, based on the play by J.B. Priestly.
- 17 Sept 2015 Canada (TIFF) / 21 Jan 2016 Denmark – The Man Who Knew Infinity (movie)
Set during WWI in Cambridge, UK, about mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar who is accepted into Cambridge University and becomes a pioneer in maths with the guidance of his professor. Stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jeremy Irons.
- 18 Sept 2015 UK – Bill (movie)
“What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’?”
- 20 Sept 2015 UK – BBC’s The Go-Between (TV movie)
Romance drama set in 1900 based on the novel by L.P. Hartley. Stars Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave, and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise).
- 20 Sept 2015 UK / 3 Jan 2016 US PBS – Downton Abbey S6 (TV)
Set in 1925. This is the series finale.
- 25 Sept 2015 US – The Keeping Room (movie)
Set in the last few days of the American Civil War about three women (two sisters and an African-American slave) defending their home from rogue soldiers. Starring Hailee Steinfeld.
- 26 Sept 2015 Canada (VIFF) – Charlotte’s Song (movie)
A dark 1930’s retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’.
- 27 Sept 2015 Australia – A Place to Call Home S3 (TV series)
A ‘domestic romantic melodrama’ set in New South Wales, Australia post-WWII.
- 27 Sept 2015 UK – BBC1’s Cider with Rosie (TV movie)
Set in the Cotswolds just after WWI. Based on the book by Laurie Lee.
- 2 Oct 2015 UK / 4 Dec 2015 US/Canada – Macbeth (movie)
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Stars Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Jane Eyre, 12 Years a Slave, etc.) as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose) as Lady Macbeth, Sean Harris (Micheletto in The Borgias) as Macduff, Elizabeth Debicki (Jordan in The Great Gatsby) as Lady Macduff, and David Thewlis (Harry Potter, War Horse, etc.) as King Duncan.
- 2 Oct 2015 Canada VIFF (other dates) – Eadweard (movie)
Psychological drama about world-famous photographer at the turn of the century, Eadweard Muybridge, who photographed nude and deformed subjects.
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- 4 Oct 2015 US/Canada – Bridge of Spies (movie)
Set during the Cold War, starring Tom Hanks.
- 5 Oct 2015 Canada – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S9 (TV)
This S9 will feature William Shatner as Mark Twain in S9E2! There will also be a new female character joining the cast.
- 7 Oct 2015 Philippines – Felix Manalo (movie)
A biographical film about the first Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo. (trailer)
- 10 Oct 2015 US (BBC America) / 22 Oct 2015 UK – BBC2’s The Last Kingdom (TV)
Adaptation of Bernard Cornwall’s historical novels, set in what is now known as England in the late 9th Century.
- 12 Oct 2015 UK / 23 Oct 2015 US – Suffragette (movie)
This film focuses on the early members of the British suffragette movement in the late 19th and early 20th century. Stars Helen Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw (Perfume, The Hour, etc.), Anne-Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen, etc.), and Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, etc.).
- 16 Oct 2015 – Crimson Peak (movie)
The film is set in northern England in the 19th Century. It is directed by Guillermo del Toro. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain (The Help), Charlie Hunnam (Nicholas Nickleby), Leslie Hope (24 S1), and Burn Gorman (Wuthering Heights).
- 16 Oct 2015 US – The Knick S2 (TV Series) Just added!
Renewed for a 3rd series. Set in early 20th Century NY about the staff at the fictionalised Knickerbocker Hospital. Starring Clive Owen.
- 22 Oct 2015 Australia / 20 Nov 2015 UK – The Dressmaker (movie)
A bittersweet comedy on love, revenge, and haute couture based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel. Set in Australia in the 1950’s, Tilly the dressmaker (played by Kate Winslet) returns from Europe to right the wrongs from the past. Also stars Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving.
- 23 Oct 2015 US – Bone Tomahawk (movie)
A Western horror film starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson (Phantom of the Opera), etc.
- 24 Oct 2015 US – Da Vinci’s Demons S3 (TV)
- 25 October 2015 UK – ITV’s Jekyll & Hyde (TV)
Set in the 1930’s about Robert Jekyll, grandson of the Dr by the same name, and his quest to discover the nature of his family’s cursed history.[youtube=https://youtu.be/tei6HcAlG5U]
- November 2015 France / UK (BBC2) / Canada (Super Channel) – Canal Plus’ Versailles (TV)
10 part series by Canal Plus in English! George Blagden (Vikings) plays young King Louis XIV (age 28) in 1667 and the ‘birth’ of the Chateau de Versailles. Already renewed for a 2nd series to debut in 2016.
- 4 Nov 2015 France / 18 Dec 2015 US / 1 April 2016 UK – Son of Saul / Saul fia (movie)
Set in 1944 in Auschwitz.
- 5 Nov 2015 US – Edge (TV movie)
- 5 Nov 2015 US – Z (TV movie)
Biographical episode on Zelda Fitzgerald, starring Christina Ricci as Zelda.
- 6 Nov 2015 UK/Ireland/US (limited) – Brooklyn (movie)
An Irish romantic comedy set in Brooklyn in the 1950’s based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. Stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!), Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), and Julie Walters (Henry IV 1 & 2).
- 11 Nov 2015 France – The Anarchists (movie)
Set in Belle Époque Paris, about a cop chosen to infiltrate a group of anarchists.
- 11 Nov 2015 France – Francofonia (movie)
Set in 1940 just before the German troops enter Paris, two men work together to protect the treasures / art work in the Louvre.
- 11 Nov 2015 UK – ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles (TV)
Re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth set in 19th-Century London. Stars Sean Bean, Vanessa Kirby, Anna Maxwell Martin, etc.
- 12 Nov 2015 Germany/Austria/Switzerland – The Trapp Family/ Die Trapp Familie (movie)
Film in German about the beloved Sound of Music Von Trapp family. Stars Matthew MacFadyen as Captain Von Trapp.
- 20 Nov 2015 US / 27 Nov 2015 UK – Carol (movie)
Set in the 1950’s about a department store clerk who falls for an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett).
- 25 Nov 2015 – Victor Frankenstein (movie)
Victorian era. Cast includes: James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein, Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, Jessica Brown Finlay, Charles Dance, Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, and Callum Turner.
- 27 Nov 2015 US / 1 Jan 2016 UK – The Danish Girl (movie)
True story about a Danish transgender, Lili Elbe, and his/her artist wife Gerda Wegener in the 1920’s. Eddie Redmayne plays Lili and Alicia Vikander plays Gerda.
- 4 Dec 2015 UK – Sunset Song (movie)
Set in the 1900’s and post-WWI. Based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel, considered the most important Scottish novels of the 20th Century.
- 10 Dec 2015 Germany & Switzerland – Heidi (movie)
Another film adaptation of your favourite Swiss girl set during the Victorian era.
- 11 Dec Finland – The Girl King / Tyttökuningas (movie)
Set in 1632 about Queen Kristina of Sweden. Stars François Arnaud, Sarah Gadon, etc.
- 11 Dec US / 26 Dec UK 2015 – In the Heart of the Sea (movie)
- 20 Dec 2015 France (France3)/ 21 Dec 2015 Canada (CBC)/UK (Alibi)/ 23 Dec Australia (13th Street) / 24 Dec Africa/India/Asia (ITV Choice) – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (TV)
2-hour holiday special, featuring Downton Abbey’s Mr Bates (Brendan Coyle).
- 25 Dec 2015 UK – Call The Midwife S4 Christmas Special (TV)
- 25 Dec 2015 UK – Downton Abbey S6 Christmas Special (TV)
- 25 Dec US/Canada (ltd) / 8 Jan 2016 UK – The Hateful Eight (movie)
Set in Post-Civil War era. Stars Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, etc.
- 26-27 Dec 2015 UK – BBC’s Dickensian Episodes 1-4 (TV series)
Charles Dickens. 20-part Victorian drama. E1-2 on the 26th, E3-4 on the 27th. Continues in 2016.
- 26-28 Dec 2015 UK / 2016 US – BBC’s Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (TV mini-series)
3-part drama set in 1939.
- 26 Dec 2015 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart Holiday Special (TV)
2 hours for Hearties before S3 begins in March 2016!
- 26 Dec 2015 – Netflix’s Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (TV featurette)
- 27 Dec 2015 UK – ITV’s Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (TV movie)
2-hour drama set in 1920’s London on ghost hunter and sceptic, Harry Price. Rafe Spall (Anonymous) plays Harry.
- Casanova Variations (movie) – 2015 US / 2014 France/Portugal
Stars John Malkovich as Casanova mixing opera and ‘period drama’.
- The Childhood of a Leader (movie)
Set in 1918 about the childhood of a future dictator.
Want to know which period dramas are coming out in 2016? Visit Upcoming Period Dramas 2016 – Future!