Period Dramas for December 2020

4th December 2020Mank – (Movie) – Netflix
Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.
Set in 20th Century, 1930s.

4th December 2020A Christmas Carol – (Movie)
Theatre and film comes together in this radical new take on Dickens’ classic.
Set in 19th Century, 1840s, Historical Fantasy.

13th December 2020Pennyworth – (TV Series) – Season 2
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.
Set in 20th Century, 1960s

18th December 2020Death on the Nile – (Movie) **Has been moved to 17 September 2021**
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.
Set in 20th Century, 1930s.

18th December 2020Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – (Movie)
Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson’s play of the same name.
Set in 20th Century, 1920s.

22nd December 2020 (UK) – All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas Special – (TV Series) – Season 1Channel 5
Not feeling very festive James Herriot is struggling to hide his feelings for Helen. While travelling together in Dales they are trapped in thick fog. Will James tell Helen of his feelings and will Helen make it to her wedding?
Set in 20th Century, 1930s.

23 December 2020 (UK) – Upstart Crow: Christmas Special – (TV Series) – Season 4BBC Two
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: A Lockdown Christmas 1603.
Set in 17th Century.

25th December 2020Bridgerton – (TV Series) – Season 1Netflix
Based on Julia Quinn’s novel series ‘Bridgerton’.
Set in 19th Century.

25th December 2020Call the Midwife: Christmas Special – (TV Series) – Season 9

25th December 2020 (USA) – News of the World – (Movie)
Other dates – 1st January 2021 (UK)
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.
Set in 19th Century.

25th December 2020 (USA/Canada) – Pinocchio – (Movie)
Due to Covid-19 this 2019 adaptation of Pinocchio has now been dubbed in English and to be released this Christmas.
Set in Historical Fantasy.

25th December 2020Sylvie’s Love – (Movie) – Amazon Prime
Years after their summer romance comes to an end, an aspiring television producer and a talented musician cross paths, only to find their feelings for each other never changed. With their careers taking them in different directions, they must choose what matters most.
Set in 20th Century, 1950s.

25th December 2020 (Sweden) – The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu): Christmas Special – (TV Series) – Season 4
Season 4 is a special Christmas season taking the viewers back to the summer of 1951. This is the year Calle and Nina choose to leave their respective families in order to finally be together.
Set in 20th Century, 1950s.

26th December 2020 (UK) – Blithe Spirit – (Movie)
Other dates – 19th February 2021 (USA/Canada)
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.
Set in 20th Century, 1930s.

27th December 2020 (UK) – Black Narcissus – (TV Mini-Series) – Season 1BBC1
Himalayas, 1934. A remote clifftop palace once known as the ‘House of Women’ holds many dark secrets. When the young nuns of St. Faith attempt to establish a mission there, its haunting mysteries awaken forbidden desires that seem destined to repeat a terrible tragedy. Adaptation of the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden.
Set in 20th Century, 1930s.

30th December 2020 (Ireland) – Vikings – (TV Series) – Season 6 – Part 2Prime Video
Other dates – 1st January 2021 (Canada) – History Channel
Vikings comes to an end. A sequel series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, is in development for Netflix.
Set in 8th Century.

31st December 2020 (USA) – Jumanji: Level One – (Movie)
Set in 1869, two children receive a mysterious game after their father goes missing in the jungles of Africa. They unravel both the secret of their father’s disappearance and the origin of Jumanji. See how it all began.
Set in 19th Century, 1860s.

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