Welcome to the 8th annual Upcoming Period Dramas post (a list of historical dramas and costume dramas with a specific time period)!
I would like to thank my readers for following my blog for my period dramas list over the years! (I know it’s far easier to follow Instagram accounts for photos and instant updates.) I would also like to thank my readers who inform me of upcoming period dramas that I have missed and I apologise I have not been on top of my emails.
Sadly, I am unable to update the Period Dramas – Movies, Period Dramas – TV series, and Costume Dramas: Fairytales/Fantasy pages because the website freezes when I attempt to update them. Instead, films will continue to be added to my imdb lists.
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. I will only include a very short review if I have time.
Last updated: 21 January 2021
4 January 2021 Canada | 18 January 2021 UK (Alibi) | 14 February 2021 US (Ovation) – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S14 (TV Series)
4 January 2021 Canada – CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries S4 (TV Series)
8 January 2021 – Apple TV+’s Dickinson S2 (TV Series)
10 January 2021 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | 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.
16 January 2021 Canada (Netflix) | 16 Feb 2020 US/Canada (W Network) | 17 Feb 2020 UK (Amazon Prime) – Starz’s Outlander S5 (TV series) ★★★★★ Just added!
12 episodes based on Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross.
Review: I found S5 better than S4 but there were many episodes that were hard to watch. Looking forward to S6!
17 January 2021 US (Masterpiece) | ? Canada (CBC) | 31 March 2020 UK (Alibi) – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke S1 (TV Series)
Six-part drama set in 1880’s London about its first-ever female detective (played by Kate Phillips). Renewed for S2.
29 January 2021 – Netflix’s The Dig (TV Movie)
Based on John Preston’s novel of the same name. Set in 1938 about archaeologist Basil Brown’s (Ralph Fiennes) excavation of Sutton Hoo on Mrs Edith Pretty’s (Carey Mulligan) property.
31 January 2021 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) | 18 Dec 2018 UK – BBC One’s The Long Song (TV Miniseries)
Adapted from Andrea Levy’s novel of the same name. Set in Jamaica in 1838 just before the abolition of slavery.
19 February 2021 Canada/US | 26 December 2020 UK – Blithe Spirit (Movie)
Comedy based on the 1941 play set in the 1930s about a writer suffering from writer’s block who deals with a complex love triangle with his second wife after a spiritualist accidentally summons the spirit of his late first wife.
19 February 2021 US | 30 October 2020 UK – Ironbark (Movie)
Set in 1962 during the Cold War about MI-6 Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky (codename: Ironbark), who try to end the Cuban Missile Crisis.
21 February 2021 US – Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart S8 (TV Series)
26 February 2021 US | February 2021 UK – The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Movie)
Set around 1947. Biopic on legendary African-American jazz singer Billie Holiday (portrayed by Andra Day).
12 March 2021 – The King’s Man (Movie)
A prequel to the Kingsman series set at the turn of the 20th Century.
30 July 2021 Canada/US – Jungle Cruise (Movie)
Based on the Disney theme attraction. Set in the early 20th Century (1910s/WWI?), starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. Thank you, Harv!
30 July 2021 – The Green Knight (Movie)
Medieval fantasy story about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
13 August 2021 – Respect (Movie)
Biographical drama about Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson).
17 September 2021 – Death on the Nile (Movie)
Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the murder of an heiress whilst on holiday on the Nile.
15 October 2021 UK/US – The Last Duel (Movie)
Set in the 14th Century. Based on the book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France” about knight Jean de Carrouges and his squire Jacques LeGris who have been ordered by King Charles VI [of France] to have a trial by combat after Carrouges’ wife accuses LeGris of rape. Directed by Ridley Scott.
5 November 2021 US – Untitled Elvis Presley Project (Movie)
A biopic set in the 1950s about the young Elvis Presley.
10 December 2021 – West Side Story (Movie)
An adaptation of the 1957 musical set in 1950s New York about the forbidden love between Tony and Maria and the rivalry between the White Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.
22 December 2021 US | 24 December 2021 UK – Sherlock Holmes 3 (Movie)
Sequel to Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock.
22 December 2021 US – The Nightingale (Movie)
Adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel about two sisters in France during WWII. Starring sister actors Elle and Dakota Fanning.
2021? UK | 2022? US/Canada (Masterpiece) – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S2 (TV Series)
Spring 2021 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) | 25 October 2020 Norway – NRK’s Atlantic Crossing (TV Series)
8 hour-long episodes about Crown Princess Märtha who fought for her country and marriage during WWII (1940).
2021? – ARD’s Babylon Berlin S4 (TV Series)
2021? 2022? – Netflix’s Bridgerton S2 (TV Series) Just added!
Filming will begin in Spring 2021 and focus on Anthony Bridgerton.
2021 UK | Spring 2021 Canada/US (PBS) – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S10 (TV Series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special.
2021 UK – 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. Filming begins in 2021.
2021 UK – 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.
2021 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.
2021 UK/Canada | 18 August 2020 US (digital release) – Emperor (Movie)
Inspired by Shields “Emperor” Green, a descendant of African kings, who escaped enslavement in the South pre-Civil War and fights is way north to seek freedom for his family.
2021 UK | 2021 Canada/US (Masterpiece) – ITV’s Endeavour S8 (TV Series)
2021 UK – BBC One’s Father Brown S9 (TV Series)
2021 UK/Canada/US – The French Dispatch (Movie)
About an American newspaper agency in 1950’s Paris.
2021 UK | US (HBO) – BBC One’s Gentleman Jack S2 (TV Series)
2021? US – HBO’s The Gilded Age (TV Series)
Ten-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in New York in 1885 around the upper New York society. Might even feature a young Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
2021 UK | Autumn 2021 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) – ITV’s Grantchester S6 (TV Series)
Late 2021 Worldwide (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S5 (TV Series)
Early 2021 Italy – Rai 1’s Leonardo (TV Series)
Eight episodes on Leonardo Da Vinci (Aidan Turner) through his works.
2021 US – The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Movie)
Set in the 19th Century about English artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).
2021 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S4 (TV Series)
Filming to begin in 2021.
2021? – 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.
2021? UK (Alibi) | US (Masterpiece) | Canada (CBC) – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke S2 (TV Series)
2021? – 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.
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.
2021? – Outlander S6 (TV Series)
12 episodes based on ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’.
2021? 2022? UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S6 (TV Series)
Expected to be set in 1934.
2021? US | UK (Sky Atlantic) – HBO’s Perry Mason S2 (TV Series)
2021 – Promises (Movie)
Based on Steven Purewal’s story in his book “Duty, Honour and Izzat” about Sikh soldiers who fought with Canadians during WWII.
2021 UK | 2021 US/Canada/Australia (Amazon Prime Video) – BBC One’s The Pursuit of Love (TV Miniseries)
Three-part drama based on Nancy Mitford’s first novel in a trilogy about an upper class English family. Set before and during WWII.
2021? US/Canada (SundanceNow) | 25 December 2020 Sweden – SVT’s Vår tid är nu / The Restaurant S4 (TV Series)
Episode 1 is a Christmas special set in Stockholm in the summer of 1951. The series continues with the 1960s.
2021 – 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.
2021? UK – BBC One’s Taboo S2 (TV Series)
2021? UK – ITV’s Three Little Birds (TV Series)
Six episodes written by Sir Lenny Henry who was inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica in the 1950s for Great Britain.
2021 UK – BBC One’s A Very English Scandal S2 (TV Miniseries)
Set in 1963 about British socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal.
Early 2021 UK – BBC Two’s Vienna Blood S2 (TV Miniseries)
2021? – Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla (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.
2021 UK | US/Canada (Masterpiece PBS) – BBC One’s World on Fire S2 (TV Series)
Period Dramas 2022-2023
2022 UK | 2022 Canada/US (PBS) – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S11 (TV Series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special.
2022? 2023? UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S7 (TV Series)
Series finale which will end with the air raid sirens in Birmingham during WWII.
2022 Norway – NRK’s State of Happiness / Lykkeland S2 (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!
Period Dramas in Development / Rumours
- Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth (TV Series)
Eight episode series by British playwright Anya Reiss about the young Elizabeth I before she came to the throne.
- BBC’s Brideshead Revisited (TV Series)
A remake of the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh with Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, etc.
- 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.
- Apple TV+’s A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
A musical starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.
- 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.
- Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons (TV Series)
Eight episode series inspired by the 18th Century French novel told from the Marquise de Merteuil’s perspective. BBC was originally going to develop the series. Will be available via Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime.
- Downton Abbey 2 (Movie)
Julian Fellowes is currently working on the script for the second DA movie.
- Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde (Movie)
Planned adaptation by Guillermo del Toro.
- 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)
- Emily (Movie)
A biographical film about Emily Brontë (starring Emma Mackey).
- 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.
- 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!
- Empress Catherine (Movie)
Starring Violetta Komyshan (potentially) or Keira Knightley as Catherine the Great.
- 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.
- Frankenstein (Movie)
Planned adaptation by Guillermo del Toro.
- 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.
- Showtime’s Hedy Lamarr Project (TV Miniseries)
Gal Gadot will portray Hedy Lamarr.
- Untitled Josephine Baker Drama (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Disney’s Marley (TV Movie)
A musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ told through the eyes of Scrooge’s business partner, Marley.
- Mary Anning & the Dinosaur Hunters (TV Miniseries)
A two-part biopic on English fossil collector, Mary Anning, during the 19th Century.
- 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!
- Mission to Paris (Movie)
Based on the novel. Set in 1938 in Paris.
- New Amsterdam (Movie)
About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
- The Northman (Movie)
Viking saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century.
- Hulu’s The Other Typist (TV Series)
Set in 1924 in NYC at the height of Prohibition. Produced by and starring Keira Knightley.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Disney+’s The Sword in the Stone (Movie)
A live-action film of the Disney cartoon; still casting.
- Rai’s Velvet (TV Series)
Italy’s remake of Spain’s Velvet.
- Vivling (TV Series)
Series on the personal and professional life of Vivien Leigh, starring Natalie Dormer as Leigh.
- 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.
- Young Woman and the Sea (Movie)
Biographical film about Trudy Ederle (Lily James) who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
Whilst you wait for the new dramas, you can visit Period Dramas 2020 to catch up on 2020 films.