Love Downton Abbey? These series should be on your watchlist
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.
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.
The White Queen, based on the Philippa Gregory novels, sees three ladies of the court controlling the fight for England’s throne. But there can be only one left standing.
Don’t worry about the kings, their knights, their horses and all their men – they’re not the real power-players in historical drama series The White Princess. Instead, it’s the women behind the kings who’re controlling things, whether it’s secretly manipulating their ruling lovers behind the scenes, delivering veiled threats under their breath or even outright in-your-face malicious words to their counterparts. It’s the sequel to The White Queen and while there is seemingly peace, it’s fragile, to say the least.
For more British drama, check out the full catalogue here.