While we await season 2, here are some options to mend the Bridgerton-shaped hole in your life.
This sexy, subversive show offers a hilariously outlandish take on the world of 1700s Russia. It chronicles the life of Catherine the Great, Empress of all Russia whose unique reign has long been overshadowed by false and weird rumours about her affinity for horses and general strive for a more liberated lifestyle. It’s a series greatly underrated. But happily, it has been renewed for a second season so there’s plenty of time for you to watch in preparation.
Stream it on Starz/Hulu
Like Bridgerton, Outlander is based on a long-running series of historical romance novels. Another modern take on a period drama, it sees heroine Claire Randall infusing her 20th-century viewpoint into the mid-18th-century Jacobite risings, to which she mysteriously time travels at the beginning of the first season. And on the steamy period drama scale, some of the sex scenes well give Bridgerton a run for its money.
Stream it on Amazon Prime
If you want a juicy historical drama that’s lavish but not entirely historically accurate, then four seasons of Reign you will enjoy. Following the exploits of Mary, Queen of Scots we get an intriguing glimpse into her early life and time in exile in France before she became the royal figure we know so well for getting beheaded at the hands of Queen Elizabeth.
Stream it on Netflix