Period Dramas 2021

Welcome to the ONLY comprehensive listing guide to the latest period drama in the UK – the best place to find your 2021 period dramas.

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  • 1st Jan – The Serpent (BBC mini-series) – Story of con-man and mass-murderer, Charles Sobhraj, who is discovered and trailed by a young embassy official in mid-70’s southeast Asia.
  • 8th Jan – Dickenson (Apple TV) – The second series of the drama looking at the world of writer Emily Dickenson.
  • 15th Jan – Blithe Spirit (movie) – a new adaptation of the comic play by Noel Coward starring Dan Stevens
  • 15th Jan – One Night In Miami (Amazon movie) – One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
  • 22nd Jan – Its A Sin (Channel 4 mini-series) – A new drama about the story of the Eighties and the AIDS epidemic.
  • 29th Jan – The Dig (Netflix movie) – An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938. Starring Lily James and Carey Mulligan.
  • 19th Feb – To Olivia (movie) – The story of tumultuous marriage between actress Patricia Neal and renowned writer Roald Dahl. Starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes.
  • 23rd April – Last Night In Soho (movie) – A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
  • 13th Aug – Respect (movie) – The life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin, starring Jennifer Hudson
  • 15th Oct – The Last Duel (movie) – King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
  • 10th Dec – West Side Story (movie) – An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
  • 22nd Dec – The Nightingale (movie) – The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II. Based on Kristin Hannah’s novel ‘The Nightingale’.
Sometime in 2021

Anne Boleyn (mini-series) – A new dramatization of the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life, starring Jodie Turner-Smith.

Around The World In Eight Days (mini-series) – A new series based on French writer Jules Verne’s classic book. Starring David Tennant.

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.

Becoming Elizabeth (mini-series) – A new eight part Tudor drama series from Starz.

Blonde (movie) –  A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton (TV series)

The Duke (movie) – In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.

The Elephant Man (BBC2) – Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton is to star as Joseph Merrick, the title role in BBC1’s upcoming two-part drama The Elephant Man.

Gentleman Jack (BBC) – Second series about the life of Anne Lister

The Gilded Age (NBC) – A look at life of millionaires living in New York during the 1800s by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

Great Expectations (BBC mini-series) – Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight turns his hand to Charles Dickens’ thirteenth novel.

The Essex Serpent (Apple TV) – An adaptation of the bestselling book, it will follow a newly widowed woman, played by Keira Knightley, who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to a small village in the county of Essex.

The Five (TV series)  – A drama series about the untold story of Jack The Ripper’s victims, based on the book by Hallie Rubenhold

The French Dispatch (movie) – A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”.

Green Knight (movie) – A fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

The Ipcress File (mini-series) – A new six-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic espionage novel.

Instrumental (movie) – An adaptation of the bestselling memoir of English concert pianist James Rhodes, played by Andrew Garfield (Breathe).

The Irregulars (Netflix series) – The Irregulars’ offers a twist on the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes, by focusing on a group of children whose crime-solving work is taken credit by Holmes.

Josephine and Napoleon (TV series) – partly based on the biography of Josephine by Kate Williams

The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe (BBC1 series) – Adapted from Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe, The Good Karma Hospital writer Dan Sefton is dramatising the last six months of Marilyn Monroe’s life.

Leonardo (TV series) – The series recounts Leonardo’s extraordinary life through the works that made him famous, through the stories hidden within those artworks, revealing little by little the inner torment of a man obsessed with attaining perfection

Let Me Count The Ways (movie) – A dramatization of the love affair between the Elizabeth Barrett Browning and playwright Robert Browning in the mid-19th century.

Louis Wain (Amazon Prime movie) – Biopic of the prolific English artist who rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century.

Medieval (movie) – The story of fourteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.

Miss Austen (mini-series) – Inspired by Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s letter.

Mothering Sunday – A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman. Starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth.

Munich – A British diplomat travels to Munich in the run-up to World War II, where a former classmate of his from Oxford is also en route, but is working for the German government.

My Policeman (movie) – Lily James and Harry Styles star in this romantic movie inspired by the life of E.M. Forster

Nell Gwyn (movie) – A dramatization of the life of Nell Gwyn, mistress of Charles II.

The North Water (TV series) – The North Water tells the story of Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic

Operation Mincemeat (movie) – During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. Starring Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen.

Persuasion (movie) – A new adaptation of Jane Austen’s final completed novel.

The Pursuit of Love (mini-series) – Based on the novel by Nancy Mitford.

Ridley Road (mini-series) – A four part romantic spy thriller set against the backdrop of the Swinging Sixties.

The Rising: 1916 (movie) – To free his people from centuries of oppression, a young polio survivor sacrifices true love to mastermind a secret rebellion against the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Roosevelt (movie) – A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Seacole (movie) – The story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who sought to work with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

Shackleton (movie) – A new biopic about the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton starring Tom Hardy.

A Special Relationship (movie) – A new biopic about Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.

Taboo – Series 2 (BBC1) – Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father’s shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost – even murder.

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”.

The Witchfinder (mini-series) – A comedy about a 17th Century witchfinder and his suspect on a bit of a road trip.

Wolf Hall (BBC 2) – a second series of the popular series based on Hilary Mantel’s popular books

Women In The Castle (movie) – The story of three German women during and after the Second World War.

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