Upcoming Period Dramas 2022 – Future

Welcome to the 9th annual Upcoming Period Dramas post (a list of historical dramas and costume dramas set in a specific time period)!

This year’s featured couple is Angel (Abigail Cowen) and Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis) from Redeeming Love.

Once again, I would like to thank my faithful readers for visiting my blog for my period drama lists over the years! I would also like to thank my readers who inform me of upcoming period dramas that I have missed and I apologise I cannot respond to emails.

As I mentioned last year, new films will be added to my imdb lists as the Period Dramas – Movies, Period Dramas – TV series, and Costume Dramas: Fairytales/Fantasy pages freeze when I attempt to update them.

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.

Last updated: 23 January 2022

January 2022

2 January 2022 UK | 2022 Canada/US (PBS) – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S11 (TV Series)
8 episodes plus a Christmas Special. Renewed for S12-14.

2 January 2022 Canada/US (Masterpiece PBS) | 26 December 2021 UK – BBC1’s Around the World in 80 Days (TV Series) ★★★★★
Starring David Tennant as Phileas Fogg.

2 January 2022 @ 7pm Canada (CBC) | 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.

3 January 2022 UK – BBC One’s Father Brown S9 (TV Series)
10 episodes.

3 January 2022 Canada | ? US (Ovation) | ? UK (Alibi) – CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries S15 (TV Series) ★★★★★
Part 2 of S15.

6 January 2022 – ABC’s Woman of the Movement (TV Series)
Six part series set in 1955 about Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight for justice for her son’s murder.

9 January 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | 16 September 2021 UK – Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small S2 (TV Series)
Set in 1938. Incl. Christmas special.

14 January 2022 – AppleTV+’s The Tragedy of Macbeth (Movie) ★★★★★
Starring Denzel Washington as Macbeth.

16 January 2022 Canada/US (PBS) | 10 December 2021 UK – BBC Two’s Vienna Blood S2 (TV Miniseries) ★★★★★

21 January 2022 UK 12 November 2021 Canada/US – Belfast (Movie) Just updated!
Kenneth Branagh’s Set in the late 1960s about a young boy and his working-class family experience. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, etc.

21 January 2022 USRedeeming Love (Movie)
Based on Francine Rivers’ Christian novel of the same name, set in California during the 1850s Gold Rush.

21 January 2022 USThe Laureate (Movie)
Biographical film set in the mid-1920s about British poet and novelist Robert Graves.

21 January 2022 – The King’s Daughter (Movie)
Pierce Brosnan stars as King Louis XIV in his quest for immortality by taking the life force from a mermaid (Fan Bingbing).

24 January 2022 US | 25 January 2022 UK (Sky Atlantic) – HBO’s The Gilded Age (TV Series) Just updated!
Ten-part drama penned by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in New York in 1882 around the upper New York society. Currently filming.

 

February 2022

2 February 2022 Canada (Super Channel) | 15 July 2021 UK – BBC Two’s The North Water (TV Miniseries) Just added!
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.

11 February 2022 – Death on the Nile (Movie)
Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the murder of an heiress whilst on holiday on the Nile.

18 February 2022 – Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S4 (TV Series)

21 February 2022 Canada | 2022 US (BET+) – CBC’s The Porter (TV Series)
This eight-part series inspired by real events is set across North America (Montreal, Chicago, Detroit) in the 1920s. It tells the story of Black Canadian and African-American railway workers from Canada and the US who formed the world’s first Black union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

25 February 2022Cyrano (Movie) Just updated!
Starring Peter Dinklage as Cyrano.

25 February 2022 UK | 25 March 2022 US The Duke (Movie) Just updated!
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.

25 February 2022 – 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.

 

March 2022

6 March 2022 Outlander S6 (TV Series)
12 episodes based on ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’. Renewed for S7.

6 March 2022 US – Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart S9 (TV Series)

18 March 2022 – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Movie)
Original cast returning for sequel. Four new cast members: Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye.

20 March 2022 US/Canada (Masterpiece) | UK (Britbox) – Masterpiece PBS’s Sanditon S2 (TV series)
Continuation of the series based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.

25 March 2022 – Netflix’s Bridgerton S2 (TV Series)
Adapted from Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on Anthony Bridgerton. Renewed for S3 and S4.

 

April 2022

8 April 2022 UK/US – The Northman (Movie)
Viking saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century.

15 April 2022Fantastic Beasts 3 (Movie)

29 April 2022 UK | 6 May 2022 US – Mrs Harris Goes To Paris (Movie) Just updated!
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.

 

May 2022

 

June 2022

24 June 2022 USElvis (Movie) Just updated!
A biopic set in the 1950s about the young Elvis Presley.

 

July 2022

15 July 2022 UKThe Railway Children Return (Movie) Just updated!
Sequel to The Railway Children (1970). Set during WWII.

 

August 2022

 

September 2022

16 September 2022The Woman King (Movie)
Inspired by true events during the Kingdom of Dahomey, which was one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th-19th centuries.

 

October 2022

 

November 2022

 

December 2022


Period Dramas 2023 – Beyond

2023 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S12 (TV Series)
Plus Christmas Special.

2024 – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S13 (TV Series)
Plus Christmas Special.

2025? – BBC One’s Call the Midwife S14 (TV Series)

2023 The Nightingale (Movie)
Adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel about two sisters in France during WWII. Starring sister actors Elle and Dakota Fanning.

21 July 2023 USOppenheimer (Movie)
Cillian Murphy stars as American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’.

2023?Outlander S7 (TV Series)
16 episodes.

2023Peaky Blinders (Movie)

2023 The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan (Movie)
Starring Eva Green as Milady de Winter, Vincent Cassel as Athos, etc. This adaptation will include Hannibal, based on the true story of the first Black musketeer in France, Louis Anniaba.

2023 The Three Musketeers – Milady (Movie)
Starring Eva Green as Milady de Winter, Vincent Cassel as Athos, etc. This adaptation will include Hannibal, based on the true story of the first Black musketeer in France, Louis Anniaba.


Period Dramas in Development / Rumoured Period Dramas

  • Audrey Hepburn biopic (Movie) Just added!
    Starring Rooney Mara as Audrey.
  • Spring? 2022 Germany – ARD’s Babylon Berlin S4 (TV Series)
  • Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth (TV Series)
    Eight part series by British playwright Anya Reiss about the young Elizabeth I before she came to the throne.
  • 2022 – Netflix’s Blonde (TV movie)
    Fictionalised account about Marilyn Monroe.
  • Spring 2022 Germany – Sky One’s Das Boot S3 (TV Series)
  • 2022– BBC’s Brideshead Revisited (TV Series)
    A remake of the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh with Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, etc.
  • Bridgerton Prequel (TV Series)
    Prequel about young Queen Charlotte. It will also feature the backstories of Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton.
  • Netflix’s Bridgerton S3 (TV Series)
  • Netflix’s Bridgerton S4 (TV Series)
  • Catherine the Great (Movie)
    Starring Violetta Komyshan (potentially) or Keira Knightley as Catherine the Great.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Corsage (Movie)
    About Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria as she approaches her 40th birthday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2022 – 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!
  • 2022 Canada/US (Masterpiece) | 12 September 2021 UK – ITV’s Endeavour S8 (TV Series)
    Three part detective series set in 1971.
  • Netflix’s Enola Holmes S2 (TV Movie)
    Based on Nancy Springer’s novel series about Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ teenage sister, starring Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, Henry Cavill as Sherlock, and Sam Claflin as Mycroft.
  • 2022 – AppleTV+’s The Essex Serpent (TV Series)
    Set in 1893. Based on the novel by Sarah Perry about a widow named Cora who moves from London to Aldwinter in Essex and becomes intrigued by the idea that the village may be haunted by a mythological sea serpent.
  • 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.
  • Untitled Fred Astaire Biopic (Movie)
    Starring Tom Holland as Fred Astaire.
  • 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.
  • UK | US (HBO) – BBC One’s Gentleman Jack S2 (TV Series)
    Eight episodes.
  • RTVE’s Glow & Darkness (TV Series)
    About St Francis of Assisi and the historical figures during his lifetime.
  • 2022? – ITV’s Grantchester S7 (TV Series)
    Set in 1959.
  • ITV’s The Great Gatsby (TV Series)
    New adaptation by Michael Hirst with a more inclusive and diverse cast that will more accurately depict New York’s Jazz subculture and African American population.
  • Showtime’s Hedy Lamarr Project (TV Miniseries)
    Gal Gadot will portray Hedy Lamarr.
  • 2022 Germany – TVNow’s House of Promises (TVSeries) Just added!
    12-hour series based on Sybil Volk’s novel ‘Torstraße 1’ set in Berlin in the 1920s about a young woman and a Jewish family that owns the Jonass department store.
  • How to Stop Time (Movie)
    Adaptation of Matt Haig’s time-travelling novel, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • ABC Signature’s Josephine (TV Series)
    Ruth Negga will play Josephine Baker.
  • Josephine Baker’s Last Dance (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.
  • Early 2022 (Netflix) – The Last Kingdom S5 (TV Series)
    Series finale. Feature film to follow.
  • 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.
  • Royal House of Savoy / Marie-José (TV Series) 
    Series on Marie-José, the last Queen of Italy from her days as a young Belgian princess to her marriage to Umberto (Umberto II). To begin filming in Autumn 2022.
  • Royal House of Savoy / Marie-José (Movie) 
    To begin filming in Autumn 2023.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • UK (Alibi) | US (Masterpiece) | Canada (CBC) – A+E’s Miss Scarlet and the Duke S2 (TV Series)
  • Mission to Paris (Movie)
    Based on the novel. Set in 1938 in Paris.
  • 2022Mr Malcolm’s List (Movie)
    A romantic comedy set in 19th Century England about a young woman who courts a wealthy suitor. Thank you Jo!
  • New Amsterdam (Movie)
    About NYC when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam.
  • Hulu’s The Other Typist (TV Series)
    Set in 1924 in NYC at the height of Prohibition. Produced by and starring Keira Knightley.
  • FranceParis Police 1900 S2 (TV Series)
  • Early 2022 UK – BBC One’s Peaky Blinders S6 (TV Series)
    Series finale. Expected to be set in 1934. To be followed by Peaky Blinders film.
  • US | UK (Sky Atlantic) – HBO’s Perry Mason S2 (TV Series)
  • 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.
  • 2022 – Netflix’s Persuasion (TV Movie)
    A modern interpretation of Austen’s novel, starring Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot.
  • Persuasion Movie (Movie)
    Sarah Snook as Anne Elliot and Joel Fry as Captain Wentworth.
  • 2022 – Disney+’s Peter Pan (Movie)
    A live action film inspired by Peter Pan (1953 Disney animation).
  • 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.
  • Pride and Prejudice (Movie)
    A darker adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.
  • 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.
  • US/Canada (Masterpiece) | UK (Britbox) – Masterpiece PBS’s Sanditon S3 (TV series)
  • 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.
  • Starz’s The Serpent Queen (TV Series)
    Eight part series based on Leonie Frieda’s book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.
  • 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.
  • Seven Kings Must Die (Movie) 
    The Last Kingdom feature film following S5. Filming begins in 2022.
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 (Movie)
    Sequel to Sherlock Holmes 2 with Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock.
  • TVNOW’s Sisi S2 (TV Miniseries)
  • Disney+’s The Sword in the Stone (Movie)
    A live-action film of the Disney cartoon; still casting.
  • BBC One’s Taboo S2 (TV Series)
  • UK – ITV’s Three Little Birds (TV Miniseries)
    Six episodes written by Sir Lenny Henry who was inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica in the 1950s for Great Britain.
  • ABC’s Timewasters (TV Series)
    A US remake of the British comedy series. Set in New York in 1926.
  • PBS/ITV’s Tom Jones (TV Miniseries)
    Four part miniseries set in the 18th Century based on Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.
  • Disney’s Tower of Terror (Movie)
    Based on the Disney attraction set in a 1930s Hollywood hotel. Starring Scarlett Johansson.
  • 2022 US/Canada (Amazon Prime) | 26 December 2021 UK – BBC One’s A Very British Scandal (TV Miniseries)
    Set in 1963 about British socialite Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • UKUS/Canada (Masterpiece PBS) – BBC One’s World on Fire S2 (TV Series)
  • 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 2021 to catch up on 2021 films.