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Get stuck into these historical dramas, all packed with family drama and secret scandals.
What is it about period dramas that makes them so compelling? Perhaps it’s nostalgia for what seemed like a simpler time. Or the pure escapism of the gorgeous costumes, sets and olde-worlde language.
Whatever it is, the good news is that there are so many excellent period dramas around these days. Here’s our pick of the series we think Downton Abbey fans will enjoy.
A young and impulsive woman moves to the fishing village of Sanditon, which is about to reinvent itself as a seaside resort and fashionable playground for the British elite. Based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
Yorkshire, England, 1832. Landowner Anne Lister will do whatever it takes to save her ancestral home, and that includes marrying well – but not to a man. Based on the story of the real-life Anne and her search for a wife. This may be an unusual love story for the time, but it features all the same social politics, romance and scandal you’d expect from a period drama. It also features a grand old manor house in the English countryside.
This gorgeous series is an adaptation of William Thackeray’s 1848 novel about Becky Sharp and her friends and family during the Napoleonic Wars. Starring Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman and Johnny Flynn.
Sex, revenge and cunning are everywhere in this raunchy show about an 18th-Century London brothel owner raising her stunning daughters in a very seedy world. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, and, in Season 2, Liv Tyler.
The British period drama captivates and entertains with its royal performances and attention to detail. The trials and tribulations of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) play out in Victoria as the 18-year-old ascends to the throne after her paternal uncle King William IV passes away.