Favourite Period Drama TV Series

by georgecobbold | created - 09 Sep 2017 | updated - 29 Jul 2018 | Public
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1. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 108,734

2. Jane Eyre (2006)

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 18,539

3. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 28,408

4. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 152,201

5. Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)

TV-PG | 53 min | Drama, Romance

An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Sarah Lancashire, Julia Sawalha, Fergus Drysdale

Votes: 6,105

6. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney

Votes: 105,800

7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

A housewife in the 1960s decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 64,781

8. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip, and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 8,164

9. Angels in America (2003)

TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Playwright Tony Kushner adapted his political epic about the A.I.D.S. crisis during the mid 1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Stars: Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 25,071

10. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 71,468

11. Little Women (2017)

TV-PG | 180 min | Drama

Dramatization of Louisa May Alcott's novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up.

Stars: Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, Dylan Baker, Willa Fitzgerald

Votes: 2,906

12. The Miniaturist (2017)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received from her merchant husband as present, but the lifelike miniatures somehow start eerily foreshadowing her fate.

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai, Hayley Squires, Alex Hassell

Votes: 3,106

13. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 18,669

14. This Is England '86 (2010)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama

Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Danielle Watson

Votes: 10,743

15. This Is England '88 (2011)

TV-MA | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn.

Stars: Andrew Ellis, Andrew Shim, Chanel Cresswell, Charlotte Tyree

Votes: 8,508

16. This Is England '90 (2015)

55 min | Crime, Drama

The year is 1990, the rave scene has just entered England. The sound of the Stone roses lurks toward Shaun and the gang. This means that Woody and Lol are living in a domestic bliss, they are happy again. But this year will see huge changes in everyone. This is the year 1990. This is England.

Stars: Lyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait, Chanel Cresswell, Katherine Dow Blyton

Votes: 6,258

17. Colditz (2005)

R | 240 min | Drama, War

While WWII Allied officer Jack Rose is held prisoner in Germany's notorious Colditz Castle, he recruits a band of fellow escape artists in the ultimate break-out only to discover that the greatest betrayal awaits him on safe ground.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox

Votes: 2,508

18. The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003 TV Movie)

196 min | Drama

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May, James Purefoy

Votes: 1,230

19. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 2,024

20. Cilla (2014)

138 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black

Stars: Sheridan Smith, Aneurin Barnard, John Henshaw, Kent Riley

Votes: 1,116

21. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 28,527



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