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Period Drama Series


The good lord bird

Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this series based on the novel. "Onion" is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.

Atlantic crossing

A princess steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha.

A suitable boy

Amid the cultural upheaval of 1950s India, Lata is torn between romance and responsibility, while her wayward brother-in-law Maan has a perilous affair with a glamorous courtesan.

Beecham House.

Delhi 1795: John Beecham, a former soldier in the East India Company, is determined to leave the past behind and start a new life. At the grand house, the staff is shocked that their new master has arrived with his infant son, a baby of mixed parentage. John is determined to reunite his family in Delhi and keep the identity of his child secret, but at what cost to himself and those he loves?


Follows events when the rising nouveau riche, including the Trenchard family, rub shoulders with London's well-known upper classes and when secrets from the past threaten to come out.

Catherine the Great

Helen Mirren stars as Catherine the Great, as the brilliant monarch who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the eighteenth century.

Little women

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. A BBC/Masterpiece production stars Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury.

Alias Grace

Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, Alias Grace tells the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who - along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) - finds herself accused and convicted of the infamous 1843 double murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin).

The crown.

One shouldn't be fooled, The Crown, is no mere gossipy biopic of Queen Elizabeth II. Some episodes aren't even really about Elizabeth at all. She might be ostensibly its lead character but The Crown is about so much more than the early days of her reign. Early episodes feature King George graphically coughing up blood, other episodes are about Philip, with his thwarted ambitions and wounded pride, or of her prime minister Churchill and his political maneuvering and rivalries, and of Margaret's scandalous love affair with the divorced commoner. Excellent cast featuring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby and John Lithgow.

The son.

Kidnapped by the Comanche after his mother and sister are murdered, thirteen-year-old Eli McCullough quickly adapts to Comanche life until the tribe is decimated by armed Americans, leaving Eli alone in a world where he is neither white nor Indian.

To walk invisible

Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) writes and directs this costume drama which follows a three-year period in the lives of the Brontë family. Set in 1840s Yorkshire, sisters Anne (Charlie Murphy), Charlotte (Finn Atkins) and Emily (Chloe Pirrie) must come together after their troubled brother Branwell (Adam Nagaitis) struggles and fails to come to terms with his alcohol and drug addiction. With their family situation worsening by the day, the sisters turn to writing as a way to escape the hardships of their family life.


 A high school teacher travels back in time to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination. Starring James Franco and filmed in Hespeler.

X Company.

This gripping WWII espionage drama follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits - Canadian, American and British - torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. These agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they're fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hellholes in the field, it's one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X.

Indian summers.

Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English with their Indian subjects, and the intricate game of power, politics, and passion that ensues. Julie Walters stars as Cynthia Coffin, the glamorous doyenne of an English social club, and is joined by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, and Lillete Dubey.

Home fires

Home Fires takes us to heart of a rural Cheshire community during the Second World War, where a group of women band together to keep their world – and the nation – from falling apart while the men are away fighting at the front. When Women's Institute president Joyce Cameron (Francesca Annis) resigns and takes most of the membership with her, it's up to Frances Barden (Samantha Bond) and her supporters to resurrect the Institute, and recruit new members from unexpected places.

Peaky Blinders.

Never mind the dodgy accents – with Cillian Murphy as the ever-so-dapper Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders is a riveting, fast-paced tale of post-first world war Birmingham gangsters. A thoroughly entertaining romp through a world of violence, robbery rackets, betting scams, family loyalties and murder.

The Paradise.

Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues, and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents, she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things.


Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin. Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson as the fiery servant Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark’s enlightened household.

Wolf Hall

Thomas Cromwell, (Mark Rylance) is a blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’ King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) is haunted by his brother’s premature death and obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne. Told from Cromwell’s perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn, and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation. based on the novels by Hilary Mantel.

The book of negroes

Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa, enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata (Aunjanue Ellis) must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.

Parade's End

Set during World War I, Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) struggles with decorum, duty, and his ambivalent feelings for his manipulative socialite wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), who may or may not be carrying his child, and his feelings for the young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens). A five-part series based on the novels of Ford Madox Ford and adapted by Tom Stoppard.

The Bletchley Circle

With an extraordinary flair for code breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills, four seemingly ordinary women become the unlikely investigators of a string of grisly murders in this original thriller, set against the backdrop of post-war London.

Mr Selfridge

At the unfashionable end of Oxford Street in 1909 London, an American retail tycoon arrives to jettison fusty British tradition and open one of the finest department stores the world has ever seen: Selfridges

Spies of Warsaw

David Tennant and Janet Montgomery star in this adaptation of Alan Furst's celebrated spy novel set in Poland, Paris and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. At the French embassy in Warsaw, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of the city.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, le Carré’s frequent protagonist George Smiley is tasked to root out a mole in “the Circus”—the author’s version of the British secret service—and to do so even more covertly than usual, since the suspected double-agent might be one of the agency’s bosses. As Smiley pursues his investigation, le Carré explores the office politics of an organization where the employees are allowed to kill each other.

Call the midwife

In the spring of 1957 newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee arrives in the East End of London to begin her career. After overcoming the initial shock that her new home is a convent rather than a private hospital she quickly becomes immersed in her new life.


The lives of two working class Australian families who come to live together at One Cloud Street, over a period of twenty years, 1943 - 1963.

Lark Rise to Candleford.

Set in 19th Century Oxfordshire, a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.


An English soldier fights in the trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Mildred Pierce

An faithful adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel, which centers on Mildred Pierce Beragon (Kate Winslet), a wife who separates from her unemployed husband, and takes a job as a waitress during the Great Depression.

The Hour

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Upstairs Downstairs

In 1936, diplomat Sir Hallam Holland and his wife Lady Agnes move into 165 Eaton Place and launch a new era for the sumptuous home at the heart of Upstairs Downstairs.

Downton Abbey

Set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.

Pillars of the Earth

Based on the novel by Ken Follett and set in 12th Century England in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, this epic story revolves around the building of a cathedral and follows the lives of three men over 40 years as they each deal with politics, war, romance and personal ambition.

Mad Men.

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels.

John Adams

Starring Paul Giamatti as Adams and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, the miniseries chronicles the man who played a pivotal role in fostering the American Revolution and laying the building blocks of a republic—but whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Rufus Sewell, Sarah Polley.

The Tudors.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the young King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion. Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Northam, James Frain, and Peter O'Toole round out the all-star cast of this lavish series.