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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 (UK) | The Serpent | TV Series | Season 1 | BBC One| Set in 20th Century, 1970s.
The remarkable story of how murderer Charles Sobhraj was captured. Based on a true story.

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.

5 January 2021 (Canada) | Summerland | Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
Other dates – 24 July 2020 (UK) | 31 July 2020 (USA/Canada)

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.

8 January 2021 | Dickinson | TV Series | Season 2 | Apple TV+ | Set in 19th Century.
Not only do we get to enjoy season 2 but it has been confirmed for a third season.

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 –

8 February 2021 (France) | Paris Police 1900 | TV Series | Season 1 | Set 19th Century, 1890s.
Set in Paris in the year 1899. A young ambitious inspector investigates the death of a young woman. Filming of Season 2 should start 2022.

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…

21 February 2021 | When Calls the Heart | TV Series | Season 8 | Hallmark Channel | Set in 20th Century, 1910s.

24 February 2021 | Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 16th Century
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.
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.
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 –

1 March 2021 (UK) | 20 August 2020 (USA) | Emperor | Movie | Set in 19th Century, 1850s.
Emperor is inspired by the legend of Shields “Emperor” Green, a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South.

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.

8 March 2021 (Spain) | Dime Quién Soy: Mistress of War | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Set in 20th Century, 1930s, 1940s.
Other Dates – 4 December 2020 (Spain) – Movistar+’s
Based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Julia Navarro . Amelia Garayoa gives up a comfortable life in her fight for freedom, becoming swept up in the greatest conflicts of the 20th century.

11 March 2021 | Coven of Sisters | Movie | Netflix | Set in 17th Century, 1600s.
French Basque Country, year 1609. The men of a small fishing village have gone to sea. Judge Rostegui, who has been charged by the king with ridding the country of the devil’s wiles, arrests Ana and her friends and accuses them of witchcraft.

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.
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.
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.

25 March 2021 (USA) | 26 March (UK/Canada) | The Vineyard | TV Series | Season 1 | Prime Video | Set in 19th Century, 1860s.
Spanish period drama. Based on the novel of the same name by María Dueñas, a romantic drama set in 1860 against the backdrop of different historic world cities.

26 March 2021 (UK) | The Banishing | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
The Banishing tells the story of the most haunted house in England. In the 1930s, a young reverend, his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret.

26 March 2021 | The Irregulars | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 19th Century.
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 –

2 April 2021 (USA) | Madame Claude | Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Paris, the late 1960s. Madame Claude is at the head of a flourishing business dedicated to prostitution that gives her power over both the French political and criminal worlds. But the end of her empire is closer than she thinks.

4 April 2021 (USA/Canada) | Atlantic Crossing | TV Series | Season 1 | Masterpiece PBS | Set in 20th Century1940s.
The incredible, true story of the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha’s efforts to support her country during World War II.

9 April 2021 | THEM | TV Series | Season 1 | Amazon Prime | Set in 20th Century1950s.
“Them” is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. A Black family in the 1950s moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. 

11 April 2021 (USA) | 17 May 2021 (UK) | 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.

16 April 2021 (UK & Ireland) | Leonardo | TV Series | Season 1 | Prime Video | Set in 15th Century.
Other Dates – 23 March 2021 (Italy)
Starring Aidan Turner (Poldark) who will play Leonardo.

18 April 2021 (UK) | 3 October 2021 (USA/Canada PBS) | Call the Midwife | TV Series | Season 10 | BBC / PBS | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **Just updated**
Call the Midwife season ten takes place in 1966. Sister Julienne’s attempts to secure the financial future of Nonnatus House.

23 April 2021 | Shadow and Bone | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in Fantasy Period.
Based on the novels of the same name by Leigh Bardugo. Set in an 1800s fantasy war torn world with a touch of futuristic elements.

– May –

9 May 2021 (UK) | 30 July 2021 (USA/AUS/Canada) | The Pursuit of Love | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC One & Prime Video | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
In the search for love against the backdrop of the Second World War. Based on the novel of the same name by Nancy Mitford.

14 May 2021 | Domina | TV Series | Season 1 | Sky Atlantis | Set in Ancient Rome
The extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman in the world. Follow Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress.

14 May 2021 | The Underground Railroad | TV Mini-Series | Prime Video | Set in early to mid 19th Century.
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.

28 May 2021 (USA) | American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally | Movie | Set in 20th Century1940s.
The life of American woman Mildred Gillars (Meadow Williams) and her lawyer (Al Pacino), who struggles to redeem her reputation. Based on a true story during World War II.

– June –

1 June 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.

3 June 2021 | Why Women Kill | TV Series | Season 2 | Paramount+ | Set in 20th Century1940s.
A dark comedy set in 1949, Los Angles. A housewife who wishes to join an elite gardening club.

4 June 2021 (USA) | 21 June 2021 (UK) | Edge of the World | Movie | Set in 19th Century, 1840s.
Biopic about Sir James Brooke, the British adventurer who became King of Sarawak in the 1840’s.

14 June 2021 | Mixte | TV Series | Season 1 | Prime Video – France | Set in 20th Century1960s.
A French TV Series set at The Lycée Voltaire school, 1963. Until then reserved for boys, welcomes girls for the first time. 

16 June 2021 | Silver Skates | Movie | Netflix | Set in 19th Century, 1890s.
Other dates – 10 December 2020 (Russia)
A romantic Russian period drama set in 1899 St Petersburg, based on the novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge.

– July –

9 July 2021 | The Cook of Castamar (La cocinera de Castamar) | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 18th Century.
Other Dates – 21 February 2021, Spain
Set in early 18th-century Madrid, the plot follows the love story between an agoraphobic cook and a widowed nobleman.

15 July 2021 | The Legend of El Cid | TV Series | Season 2 | Amazon Prime | Set in 11th Century.

15 July 2021 | The North Water | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century, 1850s.
An ex-army surgeon joins a whaling expedition and finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. Set in 1959. Based on Ian McGuire’s novel of the same name.

23 July 2021 (USA/AUS) | 6 August 2021 (UK) | The last letter from Your Lover | Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
A young journalist in London becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s.

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.

30 July 2021 (USA/UK) | The Green Knight | Movie | Set in 14th Century, Fantasy Period.
A fantasy re-telling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

– 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.

24 August 2021 | Britannia | TV Series | Season 3 | SKY Atlantic & NOW | Set in 1st Century.

– September –

3 September 2021 | Cinderella | Movie | Prime Video | Set in Fantasy Period

3 September 2021 (UK) | 3 October 2021 (Canada/USA) | Grantchester | TV Series | Season 6 | Set in 20th Century, 1950s.

12 September 2021 (UK) | 2022 Canada/USA (Masterpiece) | Endeavour | TV Series | Season 8 | Set in 20th Century, 1970s.

13 September 2021 (Canada) | 14 September 2021 (UK) | 2022 (USA) | Murdoch Mysteries | TV Series | Season 15 | Set in early 20th Century . **Just added – 5 Oct**

16 September 2021 (Denmark) | Margrete: Queen of the North (Margrete den første) | Movie | Set in 15th Century1400s. **Just added – 5 Oct**
Queen Margrete who rules Sweden, Norway and Denmark through her adopted son, Erik. Set in 1402.

16 September 2021 (UK – Channel 5) | 2022 (USA – Masterpiece) | All Creatures Great and Small | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 20th Century1930s. **Just added – 12 Oct**

17 September 2021 (Canada) | 26 December 2021 (AUS/NZ) | 25 February 2022 (UK) | The Duke | Movie | Set in 20th Century1960s.
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.

8 September 2021 (UK) | 17 September 2021 (USA) | 16 October 2020 (Japan) | Wife of a Spy | Movie | Set in 20th Century1940s. **Just added – 12 Oct**
Set in Japan during World War II, a wife who starts suspecting that her husband may be a spy for the United States.

21 September 2021 (New Zealand) | 13 October 2021 (France) | 21 October 2021 (Australia) | Eiffel | Movie | Set in 19th Century, 1880s. **Just added – 12 Oct**
The government is asking Eiffel to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World Fair, but Eiffel simply wants to design the subway. Suddenly, everything changes when Eiffel crosses paths with a mysterious woman from his past.

22 September 2021 (USA – ABC) | ? (Canada – CTV) | ? (Disney+) | The Wonder Years | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **Just added – 5 Oct (Thanks Elly)**
The Wonder Years is set in the late 1960s and takes a nostalgic look at the Williams family, Black middle-class residents of Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean

30 September 2021 | Luna Park | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1960s. **Just added – 12 Oct**
In 1960s Rome, a meeting between a free-spirited young woman who grew up in her family’s circus and a girl of wealthy descent leads to secrets, intrigue, and unexpected loves.

– October –

10 October 2021 (Canneseries) | (UK/USA/Canada?) | Around The World In Eight Days | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century, 1870s.
It is based on the 1873 Jules Verne novel of the same name.

15 October 2021 (USA) | The Last Duel | Movie | Set in 14th Century, France.
King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

22 October 2021 (USA) | 29 October 2021 (UK) | Last Night in Soho | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Other Dates – 23 April 2021 (USA/UK) 
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.

22 October 2021 (UK/USA) | The French Dispatch | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.

– November –

3 November 2021 (USA/UK) | The Harder They Fall | Movie | Set in 19th Century. **Just Updated**
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.

5 November 2021 (Amazon Prime) | 10 September 2021 (Canada-TIFF) | 22 October 2021 (limited release) | The Electrical Life of Louis Wain | Movie | Set in 19th Century. **Updated**
English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings.

5 November 2021 | The Club (Kulup) | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 20th Century1950s. **Just added – 14 Oct**
In cosmopolitan 1950s Istanbul, a mother with a troubled past works at a nightclub to reconnect with and help the rebellious daughter she couldn’t raise.

10 November 2021 | Passing | Movie | Netflix | Set in 20th Century1920s. **Just added – 14 Oct**
In 1920s New York City, a Black woman finds her world upended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who’s passing as white.

12 November 2021 (USA / UK) | Belfast | Movie |  Set in 20th Century1960s.
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 DenchJamie DornanCiaran Hinds, and introduces Jude Hill.

19 November 2021 (Hulu) | The Great | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 18th Century, 1760s **Just added – 13 Oct**
Four months after launching a coup against her husband, a pregnant Catherine gains the upper hand in her war against Peter.

– 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.

17 December 2021 | The Witcher | TV Series | Season 2 | Netflix | Set in Fantasy Period

22 December 2021 Sherlock Holmes 3 | Movie | Set in 19th Century (to be confirmed).
More information coming soon. Sequel to Sherlock Holmes 2.

24 December 2021 | The Mezzotint | TV Movie | BBC | Set in 20th Century, 1920s.
A Christmas ghost story set in an old English country house in 1922.

25 December 2021 (UK – Channel 5) | 2022 (USA – Masterpiece) | All Creatures Great and Small | TV Series | Season 2 – Christmas Special | Set in 20th Century1930s. **Just added – 12 Oct**

25 December 2021 (BBC One + PBS)| Call the Midwife – Christmas Special | TV Series | Season 11 | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Lucille and Cyril are planning a Christmas wedding!

25 December 2021 (Theaters) | 14 January 2022 (Apple TV+) | 24 September 2021 (Premier) | The Tragedy of Macbeth | Movie | Set in 17th Century. **Just Updated 4 Oct**
A black and white production based on William Shakespeare play or the same name.

31 December 2021 | Cyrano | Movie | Set in 17th Century, 1640s. **Just added – 14 Oct**
Based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac. Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab her heart through love letters.

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Sometime in 2021 – Unknown Dates

2021 | A Column of Fire | TV Series | Season 1 | Epix | Set in 16th Century, 1550s.
Set in 1558, a romance between Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald, continuing on through half a century of political intrigue and turmoil. Follows 1989’s The Pillars of the Earth and 2007’s World Without End

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 | Babylon Berlin | TV Series | Season 4 | Set in 20th Century, 1930s.
Filming to start in early 2021, which means the release date could be 2022. Set in mid-1930s.

2021 | Blonde | Movie | Set in 20th Century.
A chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe. Based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.

2021 or 2022 | Bridgerton |TV Series | Season 2 | Netflix | Set in 19th Century.
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.

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.
The six-part drama to air some time in late 2021 or early 2022

2021 | The Gilded Age | TV Series | Season 1 | HBO | Set in 19th Century, 1880s.
Set during the Gilded Age (1882), in New York City. By the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes

2021 | Halston | TV Mini-Series | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1970s, 1980s.
Inspired by the American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, better known as Halston.

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 | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel | TV Series | Season 4 | Amazon Prime | Set in 20th Century1960s.
Release date to be confirmed but looking like December 2021.

2021 | Masters of the Air | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Apple TV+ | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
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 | Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Filming wrapped in February 2021.

2021 | The North Water | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC | Set in 19th Century1850s.
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 | Perry Mason | TV Series | Season 2 | HBO | Set t in 20th Century

2021 | Promises | Movie | Set in 20th Century.
The untold stories of Sikh soldiers during WWI and WWII.

2021 | The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) | TV Series | Season 4 | Set in 20th Century1960s.

2021 | Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse | TV Movie | SKY
About a young Roald Dahl meeting Beatrix Potter.

2021 | The Winter King | TV Series | Season 1 | Epix | Set in the Middle Ages.
Based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles books.

2021 | Vikings: Valhalla | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 11th Century
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).

2022

Period Dramas 2022 & beyond

1 January 2022 | House of the Dragon | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in Fantasy Period **Just added – 6 Oct**
The story of the House Targaryen set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

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.

2022 | All Quiet on the Western Front | Movie Set in 20th Century, 1910s.
A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.

2022 | 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.

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.

Call the Midwife | TV Series | Season 11, 12 & 13 + Christmas Specials | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.

Call Your Daughter Home | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix | Set in 20th Century, 1920s
Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the book by Deb Spera of the same name. Set in 1924 South Carolina.

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.

10 February 2022 (AUS) | 1 February 2022 (USA/UK) | Death on the Nile | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1930s
Other dates: 17 September 2021, 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.

3 June 2022 (USA) | Elvis (AKA Untitled Elvis Presley Project) | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1950s.
A biopic about Elvis Presley, with focus on his early years.

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.

2022 | 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.

2022 | Father Brown | TV Series | Season 9
To be release early 2022

2022 | Gentleman Jack | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 19th Century.

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.

Medieval | Movie | Set in 14th Century
The story of 14th century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.

2022 Miss Scarlet and the Duke | TV Series | Season 2 | Masterpiece | Set in 19th Century1880s.
Season 2 will premiere in 2022 on PBS in the USA, and on Alibi 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.

6 May 2022 | Mrs Harris Goes to Paris | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1950s.
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.

23 December 2022 (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.

Early 2022 | Outlander | TV Series | Season 6 | Set in 18th Century.
Filming is under way 2021. Based on ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’.

Paris Police 1900 | TV Series | Season 2 | Set 20th Century, 1900s.
Filming of Season 2 should start 2022.

2022 | Peaky Blinders | TV Series | Season 6 | Set in 20th Century.
Due to COVID19 Season 6 has been delayed. Filming started January 2021. All going well the premiere should be sometime in Q1 2022 on BBC and in Q2 2022 on Netflix.
This will be the series finale. There is a rumour that a spin-off production could be in works.

Persuasion | Movie | Set in 19th Century
Adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel of the same name.

Sanditon | TV Series | Season 2 | Set in 19th Century
Filming for Sanditon 2 is officially underway – but there’s no official air date yet. I will keep you updated!

Victoria | TV Series | Season 4 |
As of July 2021, ITV confirmed that there were no active plans for a fourth series.

2022 | When Hope Calls | TV Series | Season 2 | Hallmark | Set in 20th Century, 1910s.
Hallmark has yet to confirm if there is to be a season 2.

16 September 2022 | White Bird: A Wonder Story | Movie | Set in 20th Century, 1940s.
A young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

The Witcher: Blood Origin | TV Series | Season 1 | Netflix
Prequel series to The Witcher.

2022 | The Wonder | Movie | Netflix | Set in 19th Century, 1950s.
Set in the Irish Midlands in 1859, two strangers transform each other’s lives in a story of love pitted against evil.

Period Dramas in Development / Rumours

Bass Reeves Project | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 19th Century
Western – based on the book Black, Red & Deadly  by Arthur T. Burton, about 19th century Arkansas slave-turned U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.

Becoming Elizabeth | TV Series | Season 1 | Set in 16th Century.
The series will explore the early years of the last Tudor Monarch – Queen Elizabeth I.

The Bluff | Netflix | Set in 19th Century
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+
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 Century1920s.
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.

Great Expectations | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | BBC | Set in 19th Century.
The six-part period drama is based on Charles Dickens 1861 novel of the same name.

The Great Gatsby | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Set in 20th Century, 1920s.

The Ipcress File | TV Mini-Series | Season 1 | Set in 20th Century, 1960s.
Based on the spy novel of the same name by Len Deighton. Set during the cold war.

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.
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 Century1920s.
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.

The Time Traveler’s Wife | TV Series

Peaky Blinders Spin Off – Unsure of name.

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