Christmas is always a good time to find some classic period drama on your TV. I swear there’s something about the time of year that makes everyone nostalgic and long for a bit of history in their lives. And Christmas 2019 is no exception!
So get your glass of bubbly and your mince pie, and settle down by the fire for some prime festive period dramas.
If I’m going to be 100% honest A Muppet’s Christmas Carol will always be my number one adaptation of this classic Christmas story from Charles Dickens. However I am really looking forward to see what twist the creator of Peaky Blinders can bring to the new BBC version.
Expect a darker and grittier version of A Christmas Carol than we have ever seen before. Guy Pearce stars as the soulless Scrooge, with Joe Alwyn as Bob Cratchit. Airs on three consecutive evenings. 9pm BBC1
A lot of people are surprised when they learn of the tradition of telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve, but what do you think inspired Dickens? The last few years the BBC have let Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss revive the tradition for TV. And this year we have Martin’s Close as our ghost story.
Its a suitably spooky story all about a young man facing trail for murder in the 17th Century. The tension is taken up a notch when you learn the presiding judge is the notorious George Jeffreys aka The Hanging Judge (played by Peter Capaldi). 10pm BBC4
A new drama about one of the most well-known political scandals – the 1960s Profumo affair. Seriously, why has it taken so long to get this onto TV?
Ben Miles plays Secretary of State for War John Profumo, who had an extra-marital relationship with model Christine Keeler (played by Sophie Cookson). The rest, as they say, is history… 9pm BBC1
Ever since the first gothic fiction vampire (inspired by Lord Byron himself btw) hit the shelves in the early 19th Century, we have loved a good vampiric tale. Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have now taken Dracula and given him a so-much-full-on-horror-its-camp 21st Century twist.
In this new three-part series we find the famous blood-drinking count holding court in Victorian-era Transylvania. Prepare to have everything you thought you knew about Dracula turned on its head… 9pm BBC1
The only thing that’s really missing now is the almost-traditional Agatha Christie adaptation (seriously, where is it this year?).
I hope you all have a great Christmas. Nadolig llawen a blwydden newydd dda. And don’t forget if you’re craving some period drama in the new year too, you can always check out my 2020 Period Drama Guide.