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– January –
1 January 2021 (UK) | News of the World | Movie | Netflix | Set in 19th Century.
Other dates | 25 December 2020 (USA)
A Texan traveling across the wild West bringing the news of the world to local townspeople, agrees to help rescue a young girl who was kidnapped.
1 January 2021 (Canada) | Vikings | TV Series | Season 6 Part 2 | History Channel | Set in 8th Century.
Other dates – 30 December 2020 (Ireland) – Prime Video
Vikings comes to an end. A sequel series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, is in development for Netflix.
4 January 2021 (Canada) | Frankie Drake Mysteries | TV Series | Season 4 | CBC | Set in 20th Century, 1920s.
4 January 2021 (Canada) | Murdoch Mysteries | TV Series | Season 14 | CBC | Set in early 20th Century.
8 January 2021 (UK – ITV)| 9 January 2021 (USA – Sundance Now, AMC+, Shudder) | A Discovery of Witches | TV Series | Season 2 | SKY | Set in 16th Century, 1590s.
The wait is finally over, season 2 is here. Matthew and Diana jump back into the year 1590. Season 3 has already started filming.
10 January 2021 (US/Canada) | All Creatures Great and Small | TV Series | Season 1 | Masterpiece | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
Other dates – 1 September 2020 (UK) – Channel 5
The heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales. A remake of the 1978 series, adaptation of James Herriot’s books on country veterinarians. Renewed for Season 2.
14 January 2021 (AUS) | 26 March 2021 (UK) | Ammonite | Movie | Set in 19th Century, 1840s.
Other dates – 13 November 2020 (USA)
In 1840s England, paleontologist Mary Anning and a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship.
15 January 2021 (UK-SKY) | 19 February 2021 (USA/Canada) | Blithe Spirit | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
Other dates – Premiered 26 December 2020 (UK)
Comedy. A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writers block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years. Based on the 1941 play of the same name.
15 January 2021 | One Night in Miami | Movie | Amazon Prime| Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
In the aftermath of Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, the boxer meets with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to change the course of history in the segregated South.
17 January 2021 (USA) | Miss Scarlet and the Duke | TV Series | Season 1 | Masterpiece | Set in 19th Century, 1880s.
Other Dates – ? (Canada) CBC – 31 March 2020 (UK) Alibi
Eliza Scarlet joins forces with a Scotland Yard Inspector to solve crime in 19th century London. Renewed for S2.
29 January 2021 | The Dig | TV Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
Other dates – 15 January, released in selected theaters.
On the cusp of WW2 an archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo – based on a true story and novel (2007) of the same name by John Preston.
31 January 2021 (Canada/USA) | The Long Song | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Masterpiece PBS | Set in 19th Century, 1830s.
Other Dates | 18 December 2018 (UK) | BBC One
Set during the final days of slavery in early 19th century Jamaica, we follow the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline.
– February –
12 February 2021 (USA) | The World to Come | Movie | Cinemas (Limited)|Set in 19th Century, 1850s.
Other Dates: 2 March 2021 (USA) – Streaming| 5 March 2021 (UK)
A romantic Lesbian period drama about two women who forge a close connection despite their isolation in the mid-19th-century American frontier.
19 February 2021 (UK) | To Olivia | Movie | Sky | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
The story of tumultuous marriage between actress Patricia Neal and renowned writer Roald Dahl. To Olivia is a Sky original and will be available to watch in cinemas and on Sky Cinema. More details to follow…
24 February 2021 | Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 16th Century **Just added – 3 Mar 21**
This docudrama features reenactments of historical events and commentary by historians.
26 February 2021 (USA) | 12 March 2021 (UK) | The United States vs. Billie Holiday | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
Other Dates – was previously to be released 12 February 2021
The film follows the events surrounding Billie Holiday’s 1947 arrest for narcotics possession.
28 February 2021 (AUS) | Operation Buffalo | TV Min-Series | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1950s. **Just added – 2 Mar 21**
Other dates – 31 May 2020 (AUS)
A captivating drama set in Maralinga, South Australia, at the height of the Cold War.
28 February 2021 (UK) | 7 March 2021 (USA) | Pennyworth | TV Series | Season 2 | Prime Video | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **Just added – 2 Mar 21**
Other dates – 13 December 2020 (USA) First four episodes.
The origin story of Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960s London.
– March –
4 March 2021 (AU) | 26 March 2021 (UK) | Six Minutes to Midnight | Movie | Cinemas | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
Based on a true story which is set in 1939, 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller gets the job days later, secretly trying to find out what happened.
12 March 2021 (USA/Canada/UK) | The King’s Man | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1910s.
Other dates –
12 February 2021
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. The film is a spin-off to the Kingsman film series and based on the comic Kingsman (2012).
15 March 2021 | The Lost Pirate Kingdom | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 17th Century, 18th Century. **Just added – 23 Feb 21**
The real-life pirates of the Caribbean violently plunder the world’s riches and form a surprisingly egalitarian republic in this documentary series.
19 March 2021 (USA/UK) | 1 April 2021 (AUS) | The Courier (AKA Ironbark) | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **UPDATED – 19 Feb 21**
Other dates –
30 October 2020 (UK) / 19 February 2021 (USA/Canada)
Based on a true story. Set in 1962, Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
26 March 2021 | The Irregulars | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 19th Century. **Updated – 28 Feb 21**
Other Dates –
31 December 2021
The eight-part series tells the gripping story of a group of street urchins who assisted detective Sherlock Holmes.
– April –
? April 2021 (USA) | The Nevers | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in late 19th Century.
In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the “Touched”: people — mostly women — who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities.
4 April 2021 (USA/Canada) | Atlantic Crossing | TV Series | Season 1 | Masterpiece PBS | Set in 20th Century, 1940s. **Just added – 23 Feb 21**
The incredible, true story of the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha’s efforts to support her country during World War II.
23 April 2021 (USA/UK) | Last Night in Soho | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
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 be falling apart with shady consequences. Note – this film is a psychological horror.
– May –
14 May 2021 | The Underground Railroad | TV Mini-Series | Prime Video | Set in early to mid 19th Century. **Just added – 26 Feb 21**
A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south. Based on the novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead.
– June –
– July –
29 July 2021 (AUS) | 30 July 2021 (USA/UK) | Jungle Cruise | Movie | Set in 20th Century, Early 20th Century.
Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal — a discovery that will change the future of medicine.
– August –
13 August 2021 (USA/UK) | Respect | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Other Dates – originally scheduled to be released on
15 January 2021
Biographical of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.
– September –
17 September 2021 | Death on the Nile | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1930s
20 December 2019, 9 October 2020, 23 October 2020, 18 December 2020. (Due to COVID-19)
Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Based on Agatha Christies novel of the same name.
– October –
October 2021 | Call the Midwife | TV Series | Season 10 | PBS | Set in 20th Century. **Updated – 1 Mar 21**
Filming completed on 19 February 2021, now in post production.
– November –
– December –
10 December 2021 (USA) | West Side Story | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
A remake of the 1961 film about two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
22 December 2021 (USA) | The Nightingale | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
More information coming soon. Adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name. The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II.
Sometime in 2021 – Unknown Dates
2021 | Against The Ice | Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1900s.
Netflix’s Against the Ice is an adaptation of the book Two Against the Ice published by Danish polar explorer and writer Ejnar Mikkelsen. It will tell the story of Mikkelsen’s expedition into Greenland in 1909.
2021 | Anne Boleyn | TV Series | Season 1 | Channel 5 | Set in 16th Century, 1530s.
A new thriller dramatising the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life, starring Jodie Turner-Smith as King Henry VIII second wife.
2021 | Banking on Mr. Toad | Movie | Set in late 19th Century or early 20th Century.
A biopic about the writer Kenneth Grahame, the birth of his iconic story “The Wind In The Willows“, and his life with wife Elsie, and Alastair their troubled young son.
2021 | Belfast | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **Just added – 26 Feb 2021**
Belfast is the humorous, tender and intensely personal story of one boy’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, and introduces Jude Hill.
2021 or 2022 | Bridgerton |TV Series | Season 2 | Netflix | Set in 19th Century. **Just added – 24 Feb 2021**
Netflix’s most popular show will be back. Filming to begin Spring 2021.
2021 | The Confessions of Frannie Langton | TV Series | Season 1 | ITV | Set in 19th Century.
Based on the award winning 2019 novel of the same name by Sara Collins, tells the the haunting tale of an ex-slave woman from Jamaica who was charged of murder. The limited series explores her fight to tell her story in the early 19th Century, London.
2021 (UK) | Death Comes as the End | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC One | Set in Ancient Egypt, 2000 BC
Adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1944 novel of the same name, a young woman suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine.
May 2021 (AUS)? | The Duke | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
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. Based on a true story.
2021 | Emperor | Movie | Set in 16th Century.
Action epic about young Johanna “Of Ghent” (Sophie Cookson), who seeks revenge on the holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Adrian Brody) for the death of her father. It happens in a world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation, and treason. It’s the sixteenth century revisited.
2021 | The Essex Serpent | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Apple TV+ | Set in 19th Century.
Based on Sarah Perry’s award-winning novel of the same name. The Essex Serpent which is inspired by true events, follows a widowed Cora, who, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.
Claire Danes replaces Keira Knightley who quit the leading role due to family reasons. **Just Updated – 26 Feb 2021**
2021 | Father Brown | TV Series | Season 9
2021 | The French Dispatch | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **UPDATED – 27 Feb 21**
Other dates –
The release date has changed many times since 2019 due to COVID-19.
At this stage it should be released May 2021, but this could change.
2021 | Gentleman Jack | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 19th Century.
2021 | The Harder They Fall | Movie | Set in 19th Century **Just added – 25 Feb 21**
Western movie about Nat Love (1854 – 1921: African-American cowboy and former slave) who reassembles his former gang to seek revenge against the man who murdered his parents.
2021 | The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe | TV Series | Season 1 | BBC1 | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Based on Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe. It will explore her relationship with Hollywood studios and with public figures such as JFK and Bobby Kennedy.
2021 | The Last Kingdom | TV Series | Season 5 | Netflix
2021 | A League Of Their Own | TV Series | Season 1 | Set 20th Century, 1940s.
This story of incredible women who dared to play professional baseball begins with the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943.
2021 | Louis Wain (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain) | Movie | Set in late 19th Century.
Biopic of the prolific English artist who rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century.
2021 | Masters of the Air | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Apple TV+ | Set in 20th Century, 1940s. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
Based on the actions of the Eighth Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
2021 | Miss Austen | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century
Based on the new Novel of the same name.
Miss Austen (Novel) by Gill Nornby
The #1 bestseller and one of the best novels of 2020.
A wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen – an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries.
Set to be a major TV drama
2021 | Mrs Harris Goes to Paris | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1950s. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
Based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico. 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.
2021 | The North Water | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC | Set in 19th Century, 1850s. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
Based on the novel of the same name by Ian McGuire. Four-part thriller set in the UK and the Arctic about an ex-army surgeon who joins a whaling expedition who finds himself aboard with a murderous psychopath.
2021 or 2022 | Outlander | TV Series | Season 6 | Set in 18th Century. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
Filming is under way 2021. Based on ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’.
2021 | Peaky Blinders | TV Series | Season 6 | Set in 20th Century. **Updated – 28 Feb 21**
Due to COVID19 Season 6 has been delayed. Filming started January 2021. We may need to wait until the end of 2021 or perhaps early 2022. This will be the series finale. There is a rumour that a spin-off production could be in works.
2021 | Perry Mason | TV Series | Season 2 | HBO | Set t in 20th Century, **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
2021 | Promises | Movie | Set in 20th Century. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
The untold stories of Sikh soldiers during WWI and WWII.
2021 | The Pursuit of Love | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC One | Set in 20th Century, 1940s. **Just added – 24 Feb 21**
In the search for love against the backdrop of the Second World War. Based on the novel of the same name by Nancy Mitford.
2021 | Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse | TV Movie | SKY
About a young Roald Dahl meeting Beatrix Potter.
2021 | The Witcher | TV Series | Season 2 | Netflix | Set in Fantasy Period
Due to many COVID delays we expect season 2 release date at some point in 2021, possibly towards the end of the year.
2021 | Vikings: Valhalla | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 11th Century **Updated 25 Feb 21**
A spin-off to the very popular Vikings series that’s set to have a huge budget. Filming has reportedly concluded which means we could get the first batch of episodes by the end of 2021. Set at the end of the Viking Age, the series starts a century after the original series and will tell the tales of some of the best known Norsemen in history: Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (a Viking descendant).
Period Dramas 2022 & beyond
January 2022 | A Discovery of Witches | TV Series | Season 3 | SKY
1899 | Netflix
Historic horror from the creators of the German series Dark expected in 2022.
Bloom | TV Series | Netflix
Callie Khouri and Juliana Maio are set to write this series about women attempting to break into the world of fashion after WW2.
Carnival Row | TV Series | Season 2 | Amazon Prime | Set in Fantasy Period.
Set in a Victorian/Fantasy world with mythological creatures and fairies whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. In July 2019, Amazon renewed Carnival Row for a second season. Here is Season 1.
Conan the Barbarian | Netflix
Adaptations based on the Conan the Barbarian.
The Crown | TV Series | Season 5 | Netflix
Filming due to begin in the summer of 2021 likely ready for a 2022 release. Set in the early 2000s so not a period drama but it does follow the series.
Emancipation | Movie | Apple TV+ | Set in 19th Century, 1860s
The film is based on the true story of ‘Whipped Peter’. It tells the story of a runaway slave who flees a Louisiana plantation to join the Union Army. Emancipation is also inspired by the photograph ‘The Scourged Back’ – an image of an escaped slave’s back, scarred from whipping. Hopefully Emancipation will arrive in theatres in late 2022 or early 2023. Staring Will Smith.
Kaos | Netflix
British historical comedy that looks into Greek mythology.
Killers of the Flower Moon | Movie | Apple TV+ | Set 20th Century, 1920s
This will be a film adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book of the same name. A story of oil, greed and murder set in the Osage Nation of the 1920s. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
Kitbag AKA (Josephine and Napoleon) | Movie | Apple TV+ | Set in 19th Century, early 1800s.
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. Production will begin in early 2022 in the UK.
Mr. Malcolm’s List | Movie | Set in 19th Century, 1810s.
In 2019, Refinery29 released “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” a short ten minute film (overture) set in the year 1818. A wealthy, young lady named Julia engages in courtship with a mysterious wealthy suitor, Mr. Malcolm (the biggest catch of the season), unaware that he has a list of qualities required of a future wife. It is a prequel to a feature-length Regency era romantic comedy that’s in the works which is scheduled to be released 2022. Based on Suzanne Allain novel of the same name.
Victoria | TV Series | Season 4 | **Just added – 1 Mar 21**
As at February 2021 its looking like (not yet confirmed) that there will be a fourth season. ITV administration reportedly expects Victoria to run for a total of six series, so a fourth should be expected.
The Witcher: Blood Origin | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix
Prequel series to The Witcher.
Period Dramas in Development / Rumours
Bass Reeves Project | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century **Just added – 26 Feb 2021**
Western – based on the book Black, Red & Deadly by Arthur T. Burton, about 19th century Arkansas slave-turned U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.
The Bluff | Netflix | Set in 19th Century **Just added – 3 Mar 2021**
Pirates in the Caribbean, set in the Cayman Islands in the 1800s.
Chapelwaite | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century, 1850s.
Based on Stephen King’s 1978 short story, Jerusalem’s Lot. Captain Charles Boone, who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea.
Christmas Carol (AKA – A Christmas Carol)| TV Movie | Apple TV+ **Just added – 26 Feb 2021**
A musical starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.
Damsel | Movie | Netflix | Set in Fantasy Period.
Starring Millie Bobby Brown as Princess Elodie. The story follows a young princess who is married off to a rival kingdom and immediately finds herself in danger when it’s revealed that her new home has a nasty little secret — during the harvest season, the kingdom sacrifices their princesses to a hungry dragon.
The Elephant Man | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC1 | Set in 19th Century.
Starring Charlie Heaton. Two-part drama about Joseph Merrick.
The Five | TV Series | Season 1 | BBC1 | Set in 19th Century, 1880s.
Scriptwriter Gwyneth Hughes is writing a new TV series based on a study of the forgotten victims of Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper. Based on 5 woman who were murdered in the year 1888.
A Gentleman in Moscow | TV Mini-Series | Set in 20th Century, 1920s.
An adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel of the same name, which tells the story of a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.
Luna Nera | TV Series | Season 2 | Netflix | Set in 17th Century
Netflix has not yet confirmed if they will go ahead with season 2.
Operation Mincemeat | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1940s. **Just added – 3 Mar 21**
Starring Colin Firth. Set in 1943 during WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops.
The Other Typist | TV Series | Hulu | Set in 20th Century, 1920s. **Just added – 26 Feb 2021**
Based on Suzanne Rindell 2013 novel of the same name. Manhattan in 1924 at the height of the Prohbition Era, working at a local police station, an innocent fascination with the glamorous underground of jazz and speakeasies, turns into a dangerous obsession. Starring Keira Knightley.
Peaky Blinders Spin Off – Unsure of name.
Sanditon | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 19th Century
It is rumored that on 13 January 2021 a company was formed called ‘Red Planet (Sanditon 2) Limited’. Could it actually be happening?? I will keep you updated!