Period Dramas 2022

Period Dramas 2022

Welcome to the ONLY comprehensive listing guide to the latest period drama in the UK – the best place to find your 2022 period dramas.

This page is regularly updated with details of the latest period drama due in the cinemas and on your TV.

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January
  • 1st Jan – The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Amazon Prime movie) – English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity.
  • 2nd Jan – Call The Midwife (Series 11) – The eleventh series of the popular show that chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to late-1960s.
  • 3rd Jan – Father Brown (Series 9) – Series inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton; a Catholic priest has a knack for solving mysteries in his English village.
  • 14th Jan – The Tragedy of Macbeth (movie) – A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.
  • 14th Jan – Save The Cinema (movie) – Set in a small Welsh town in the 1990s, Save the Cinema is a feel-good story based on the efforts of one woman bringing together a community to save the local cinema.
  • 14th Jan – Cyrano (movie) – Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab her heart through love letters.
  • 21st Jan – Munich: The Edge Of War (Netflix movie) – 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.
  • 21st Jan – Nightmare Alley (movie) – An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.
  • 21st Jan – Belfast (movie) – A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. Directed and written by Kenneth Branagh.
  • 25th Jan – The Gilded Age (Sky Atlantic series) – A look at life of millionaires living in New York during the 1800s by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes
  • 27th Jan – Hotel Portofino (BritBox series) – A classic whodunit mystery, as the characters go about their lives in 1920s Italy, when Benito Mussolini’s brand of fascism was on the rise.
February
  • 4th Feb – The Eyes of Tammy Faye (movie) – An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Baker.
  • 11th Feb – Death on the Nile (movie) – While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.
  • 18th Feb – The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Series 4 – Amazon Prime) – A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.
  • 25th Feb – Mrs Harris Goes To Paris (movie) – A new adaptation of Paul Gallico’s much-loved novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior and decides to gamble everything for the sake of this folly.
  • 25th Feb – 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.
  • 25th Feb – Vikings: Valhalla Series 1(Netflix) – Follow-up series to ‘Vikings’ set 100 years afterward and centering on the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.
  • Peaky Blinders (Series 6) – The sixth and final series about a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.
March
  • 6th Mar – Outlander Series 6 (Amazon Prime) – An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.
  • 18th Mar – Downton Abbey 2 (movie) – A second movie telling the continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century.
  • 21st March – Sanditon (Series 2) – About Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort.
  • 25th March – Bridgerton (Series 2) – Wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.
April
  • 22nd April – The Northman (movie) – From acclaimed director Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.
  • 22nd April – Operation Mincemeat (movie) – During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. Starring Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen.
September
  • 23rd Sept – Don’t Worry Darling (movie) – A 1950’s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets. Starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
November
  • The Crown – Series 5 (Netflix series) – The fifth and penultimate instalment of the popular drama that chronciles the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
Sometime in 2022

1899 (series) – Multinational immigrants traveling from the old continent to the new encounter a nightmarish riddle aboard a second ship adrift on the open sea.

Against The Ice (Netflix movie) – Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they must fight to stay alive.

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

Brideshead Revisited (mini-series) – A remake of the Evelyn Waugh novel.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton (TV series) – Based on the popular gothic novel, It explores the beautiful and haunting tale about one woman’s fight to tell her story.

Death Comes As The End (BBC mini-series) – Set in Ancient Egypt, a young woman suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine.

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.

The English (mini-series) – Follows a woman as she seeks revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.

Emily (movie) – Emily imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.

Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix movie) – Sequel of Sherlock Holmes’ rebellious teen sister Enola.

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 First Lady (mini-series) – In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.

Funny Girl (mini-series) – about a young woman from Blackpool finding her comic voice in the male dominated world of the 1960s sitcom.

The Gallows Pole (mini-series) – The Gallows Pole, based on the novel of the same name by Benjamin Myers, fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.

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).

Killers of the Flower Moon (movie) – Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (movie) – After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterley is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her husband’s consent, she seeks out other means of fulfilling her needs.

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.

A League Of Their Own (Amazon mini-series) – Comedy series about the WWII All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Lee (movie) – Former Vogue cover model Lee Miller travels to the front lines of World War II as a photojournalist and goes on a mission to expose the hidden truths of Nazi Germany. But in the aftermath of betrayal, she comes to a reckoning about the truths of her own past.

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.

Life After Life (mini-series) – Ursula Todd who dies one night in 1910 before she can draw her first breath. On that same night in 1910, Ursula is born and survives.

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

Mr Malcolm’s List (movie) – A young woman courts a mysterious wealthy suitor in 19th century England.

My Name is Leon (movie) – My Name is Leon tells the uplifting and incredibly moving story of nine year old Leon, a mixed-race boy whose desire is to keep his family together, as his single-parent mother suffers a devastating breakdown.

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.

Nolly (mini-series) – A mini-series about Crossroads legend Noele Gordon.

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

Pistol (mini-series) – Based on the memoir of Steve Jones, the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist who helped usher in a punk revolution in Britain.

The Reckoning (movie) – After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee).

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.

SAS: Rogue Heroes (BBC1 series) – The six-part drama is based on Ben Macintyre’s SAS: Rogue Heroes book, which charts the creation of the famed Special Forces unit.

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

See How They Run (movie) – A desperate Hollywood film producer sets out to turn a popular play into a film. When members of the production are murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard and rookie Constable Stalker find themselves in the midst of a puzzling whodunit.

The Serpent Queen (mini-series) – Eight part series based on Leonie Frieda’s book “Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.

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.

A Spy Among Friends (mini-series) – Based on the New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Macintyre.

Tom Jones (mini-series) – Tom Jones is a man in his early life trying to find a place in the world.

War Magician (movie) – The wild story of Jasper Maskelyne, a British illusionist who used magic to defeat Erwin Rommel in World War II.

The War Rooms (mini-series) – Follows the women who worked in Winston Churchill’s secret bunker in Whitehall, central London..

White Bird: A Wonder Story (movie) – Centres on a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

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

The Wonder (movie) – A tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil. Starring Florence Pugh.

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

Series We Are Expecting To Return

All Creatures Great and Small – Series 3

Derry Girls – Season 3

Gentleman Jack – Series 2

Grantchester – Series 7

The Last Kingdom – Series 5

Miss Scarlett and The Duke – Series 2

Taboo – Series 2

Victoria – Series 4

World on Fire – Series 2

Sometime in 2023 or later

The 39 Steps (Netflix series) – A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Armageddon Time (movie) – A coming of age story about growing up in Queens in the 1980s. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.

Babylon (movie) –  Period, R-rated drama, set in the shifting moment in Hollywood when the industry turned from silent film to talkies. Margot Robbie is due to star as Clara Bow.

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

Catherine, Called Birdy (movie) – The movie will follow the adventures of a teenage girl in Medieval England as she navigates through life and tries to avoid the arranged marriages her father maps out for her

Cleopatra (movie) – Feature film based on the life of the powerful Egyptian leader. Starring Gal Gadot.

Curtain Call (movie) – The film, set in 1930s London, revolves around a feared theater critic named Jimmy Erskine (Beale), his loyal assistant (Essiedu), a newspaper owner (Firth) who wants to get rid of the critic and an actress (Arterton) who has been devastated by the excoriating theatrical reviews.

Dangerous Liaisons (mini-series) – A pair of scheming ex-lovers attempt to exploit others by usingthe power of seduction. TV adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic 18th Century novel ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’.

The Devil In The White City (mini-series) – An architect works to build up the 1893 World’s Fair, while the serial killer H. H. Holmes uses the fair to attract and kill women.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (mini-series) – A new series based on Alison Weir’s Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life and Captive Queen.

Empire Of Light (movie) – Set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the south coast of England in the 1980s, the film is described as a love story. Starring Olivia Colman.

The Empress (Netflix mini-series) – new series about the iconic Empress of Austria-Hungry

The English (movie) – Follows a woman as she seeks revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son.

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

Gaslit (movie) – A modern take on the 1970s political Watergate scandal centering on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time.

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

Irena Sendler (movie) – The story of Polish nurse and social worker Irena Sendler, and her activities with the Polish Underground Resistance in German-occupied Warsaw during World War 2.

Josephine Baker Biopic (mini-series) – starring Ruth Negga as the legendary Jazz performer and civil rights activist

Kitbag (movie) – The film is an original and personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte’s origins and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

Manhunt (Apple TV series) – the new series will explore the assassination of former President Abraham Lincoln.

Masters Of The Air (Apple TV series) – Five miles above the earth and deep behind enemy lines, eleven men inside a bomber known as the “Flying Fortress” fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters. As American bombers are picked off one by one, their mission becomes very clear: survive.

The Man Who Saved Paris (movie) – The most successful brothel owner in Paris during the 1940s is asked by the government to restore the city’s image (City of Love, Romance, Light) after the Nazi Occupation and falls in love when he least expects it.

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’.

The Northmen (movie) – From acclaimed director Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.

Not Bloody Likely (movie) – Based on the true story behind George Bernard Shaw’s masterpiece Pygmalion. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Pierce Brosnan.

The Three Musketeers (movie) – A new two-part movie adaptation, starring Eva Green.

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

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (BritBox miniseries) – While golfing on the Welsh coast, Bobby Jones apparently hits a stranger who falls off the the sea cliff. His enigmatic last words are “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”

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