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Period dramas on Netflix to watch now you’ve finished binging The Crown


by Erin Lindsay
29th Nov 2020
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To fill the Crown-shaped hole in your binging schedule


With so much anticipation surrounding series 4 of The Crown this year, it’s little wonder that we devoured it with such speed when it dropped on Netflix earlier this month. But now, our binge-watching appetites have gotten the better of us, as we’re left Crown-less for at least another year, and in need of another, equally entertaining series to enjoy over the Christmas period.

Luckily, there are plenty of other options to whet your period drama appetite this month. From royalty to midwifery, chess to comedy. here are just a few of our favourites.

Young Victoria (Netflix)

Allow Emily Blunt to jump up in your estimations from her Wild Mountain Thyme demise with her turn as Queen Victoria in this 2009 film. Following the childhood, and turbulent princess years of the queen, the film also examines her enduring romance with Prince Albert, played by Rupert Friend.

Alias Grace (Netflix)

This 2017 mini-series follows the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who is held in prison for murder. A psychologist, Dr. Jordan (Edward Holcroft), takes an interest in her case, and decides to interview her to determine if her conviction is legitimate or based on faulty evidence. Through these interviews, Grace reflects on her past, until she culminates in the day of the murder itself.

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Another Netflix phenomenon of this year, The Queen’s Gambit will make you think you’re a chess master, even if you still don’t know what the castles do. Beth Harmon, orphaned as a child, picks up chess playing with her school’s caretaker, and discovers she is a prodigy at the game. Beth rises through the ranks of the world of chess, battling the odds – sexism, addiction, relationships – to rise to the top.

Pride & Prejudice (Netflix)

There are plenty of Pride and Prejudice adaptations to choose from out there, but this 1995 limited series is a personal favourite. I mean, it’s got Colin Firth as Darcy – what more could you want?

Poldark (Netflix)

The acclaimed BBC drama is now available on Netflix, and it’s perfect for Christmas bingeing. Ross Poldark has returned to England after fighting in the American Revolution, to find that his entire life has moved on without him. It is up to him to rebuild his life and to face the challenges of 1700’s England alone.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Netflix)

When it’s got Richard Madden, you know it’s going to be good. Set in 1913 Nottingham, Connie Reid marries the wealthy Sir Clifford Chatterley, but when he returns from the Great War in a wheelchair, she begins to feel excluded from their marriage, as his nurse, Mrs Bolton, takes charge. Connie is drawn to the handsome Oliver Mellors, a plain-spoken former miner that excites Connie and gives her the passion she craves.

Anne with an E (Netflix)

The series that sparked a thousand angered tweets demanding its return to Netflix, Anne with an E is a fantastic coming-of-age story. Adapted from the classic Anne of Green Gables, it follows the elderly brother-and-sister pairing of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who decide to adopt a young boy to help out around their farm. When they arrive at the train station, Anne is waiting, and the three must adapt to life as a family.

Call the Midwife (Netflix)

A heartwarming, funny and comforting watch with no less than 8 seasons available on Netflix. Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, who worked as a nurse in the east end of London in the 1950s, the series has extended beyond Worth’s story to include new, historically-sourced material, following a group of midwives in 1950s and 1960s London.

 

Suite Francaise (Netflix)

This 2015 World War II epic has it all – drama, history and forbidden love. In German-occupied France, Lucile, played by Michelle Williams, is trapped in a stifling life, as she awaits news of her husband, a prisoner of war. As Parisian refugees begin to pour into her village, they’re followed by German troops, who take up residence in the villager’s homes. Lucile attempts to ignore the German solider (Matthias Schoenaerts), but an unlikely romance blooms.


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