Period Dramas – 2020

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January

  • 3rd Jan – Jojo Rabbit (movie) – A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish boy in their home. Taika Waititi directs and features as Adolf Hitler.
  • 10th Jan – The Personal History of David Copperfield (movie) – a new movie based on the film by Charles Dickens, with Dev Patel starring in the title role
  • 10th Jan – 1917 (movie) – A World War I movie starring Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth
  • 17th Jan – Little Women (movie) – A new film version of the classic story about four sisters coming of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Directed by Greta Gershwin
  • 17th Jan – A Hidden Life (movie) – The Austrian St. Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II
  • 31st Jan – The Lighthouse (movie) – The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
February
  • Feb – Outlander – Series 5 (Amazon Prime) – An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, Based on the popular series of books by Diana Gabalton.
March
  • 20th Mar – Radioactive (movie) – A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Sometime in 2020
  • Ammonite (movie) – 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. Predominantly unknown despite her spectacular finds, and notwithstanding the fact that Darwins’ ‘Origin of Species’ was largely influenced by her work.
  • Banking on Mr Toad (movie) – A biopic about the writer Kenneth Grahame, the birth of his iconic story “The Wind In The Willows”, and his life with wife Elspeth, and Alastair their troubled young son.
  • Belgravia (ITV)– ITV has commissioned a series based on Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellow’s novel Belgravia, a tale of secrets and scandals set in 1840s London.
  • Blithe Spirit (movie) – a new adaptation of the comic play by Noel Coward starring Dan Stevens
  • Blonde (movie) –  A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.
  • Emma (movie) – a new film production of the popular Jane Austen novel, starring Ana Taylor-Joy
  • The English Game (Netflix) – The story of the invention of football and how it quickly rose to become the world’s game by crossing class divides.
  • Enola Homes (movie) – Millie Bobbie-Brown stars as Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, who is also a private detective herself
  • The Great (TV series) – A royal woman living in rural Austria during the seventeenth century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.
  • Josephine and Napoleon (TV series) – partly based on the biography of Josephine by Kate Williams
  • Louis Wain (Amazon Prime movie) – Biopic of the prolific English artist who rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century.
  • Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix) – The story of hair care pioneer, Madam C.J. Walker and the trials faced on the road to becoming America’s first black, self-made millionaire.
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (movie) – When Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues,” makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates.
  • Rebecca (Netflix movie) – a new adaptation of Daphne de Maurier’s gothic novel starring Lily James
  • Six Minutes to Midnight (movie) – Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English sea side town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.
  • The War of Worlds (BBC1) – In London during the Edwardian era, George and Amy’s attempt to start a life together is interrupted by a Martian invasion of Earth.
  • A Very British Scandal – Series 2 (BBC) – the second series looks at the notorious divorce case of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, known by some back in 1963 as the “Dirty Duchess”.
  • Sylvie (movie) – Set in New York City between the late 1950s and early 1960s, the film follows Sylvie what meets an aspiring saxophonist.
  • Lady Whistledown (Netflix) – new period drama based on historical romance author Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons Series.
  • Wolf Hall (BBC 2) – a second series of the popular series based on Hilary Mantel’s popular books
  • The Children (BBC)
  • Grantchester Series 5 (ITV)

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