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12 great period drama series you must watch

The best period drama series to watch in your spare time

For the lovers of period drama, and for those who are trying it out I’ve composed a list of the 12 best period dramas. Some of the series have been shown very recently and some were filmed a while ago but they are all truly great.

1  Downton Abbey

the best period drama - Downton Abbey

There’s not a single person who won’t have heard about Downton Abbey. It was a revolutionary series representing the posh life of a 20th century family with their hardships, love affairs, triumphs and grief. You immediately fall for the characters and sympathise with them. The servants are at the heart of each episode and play a crucial part in telling the Crawley family’s story.

2 Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a six-hour BBC mini series based on the Jane Austen’s novel about the handsome Mr.Darcy and the Bennet family. This is one of the best adaptations remaining true to the tone and spirit of the novel. This is a genuine love story of two people from a different class and background who manage to leave aside their pride and prejudice.

3 Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

Helen George, Bryony Hannah, Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart were the first midwives to be cast in the series. It’s one of the best period dramas that doesn’t feature posh society but real life and struggle in the 20th century. The whole story is set in 1950’s in Poplar, London. If you think that the story is only about women in labour then you are wrong. It is about love, sacrifice, grief and compassion. However, there are still a lot of birth scenes and newborn babies.

4 The Crown

The Crown

The Crown is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The story begins with her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 and runs all the way to the fourth series which is planned to focus on Margaret Thatcher’s premiership and the life of Diana, Princes of Wales.

5 Victoria


It’s the story of the monarch’s life who became Queen at the age of 18 after the death of her father King William IV. It’s also a story of her early marriage to Prince Albert and her infatuation for, and friendship with Lord Melbourne. There are a lot of struggles that Victoria faces throughout the series being a mother, wife and the Queen.

6 Poldark


The period drama is set in the late 18th century when the main character Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his home in Cornwall. That’s when he discovers his father has passed away, his estate is in debt, and the love of his life is engaged to his cousin.

Poldark is a romance and consolation. It’s about a person trying to restore their own life after having lost almost everything.

7 War and Peace

War and Peace

It’s a historical period drama based on the novel written by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy. The story begins in Russian in 1805. The main characters are very young and are trying to find meaning in their lives. The events are happening in the course of the war against Napoleon which affects and changes some of the main character’s lives. There’s betrayal and mercy, love and forgiveness.

8 Howards End

Howards End

Howards End is a lovely story of the relationship between three families – the rich and posh Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the couple struggling to make both ends meet – the Basts. Throughout the plot the Wilcox and Schlegel families learn valuable lessons from one another and in the end they finally find harmony and peace.

9 Versailles


Versailles is a Franco-Canadian historical fiction set during the reign of Louis XIV. The TV series received mixed reviews to positive reviews due to its controversy and steamy nature. However, this period drama remains very popular among its fans. There are three seasons so far and the third season is belived to have been the last.

10 The Woman in White

The Woman in White

The Woman in White is a five-part TV adaptation of the novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian mystery takes place in 1859 and immerses you in the story of Walter Hartright and two sweet sisters Laura and Marian. Their amazing friendship and love for one another is fascinating and touching.

The mysterious woman in white who knows a very dark secret will keep you thrilled until the very end.

11 Little Women

Little Women

Little Women is based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War. Like in any period drama there’s a lot of love and grief but the sisters stick together no matter what.

12 The Durrells

The Durrels

The Durrells is a British comedy-drama series based on Gerald Durrell’s three autobiographical books about his family’s life on the Greek Island Corfu. The family move suddenly from Bournemouth to Corfu having no money or friends there to help them. However, locals become very fond of the family and try their best to help them assimilate to the Greek lifestyle. It’s a very light and harmless Sunday TV series which will leave you in good spirits for another working week.

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