History is always better told in tv shows than in cinema, because you really do need more time to tell something properly or really get the gist of the atmosphere in that period. It's also for that reason that period dramas are rather rare. Because they have to nail how a certain period of time looked and felt, it is pretty expensive. Nonetheless, the genre is popular, like the best watched British costume drama Downton Abbey has shown us, so studios are not too afraid to invest in something special. Netflix has never spend as much as on The Crown.
|costume drama TV series||2017|
|Popular actors||Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks|
|Trending TV Series||Wolf Hall, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel & Another Period|
2017 releases - most anticipated costume drama TV series to watch
The Feud (Sunday March 5, 2017)Creator Ryan Murphy Actors Jessica Lange
The story of the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during the making of the classic movie What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?. It is based on the book 'Best Actress' by Jaffe Cohen & Michael Zam...Read more
Victoria (Sunday January 15, 2017)Creator Daisy Goodwin Actors Jenna Coleman
The early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert....Read more
Genius (Thursday January 19, 2017)Creator Michael Grandage Actors Colin Firth
We know Einstein as the man who developed the theory of relatively, but this show also tells the story of how the younger Einstein, a simple clerk, could not even get a teaching job or doctorate. ...Read more
The Halcyon (Saturday January 2, 2016)Creator Charlotte Jones Actors Annabelle Apsion
Downton Abbey but then set in a luxury London hotel basically. Also on ITV....Read more
Best costume drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016Best costume drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).
Little Dorrit (Sunday March 29, 2009)Creator Charles Dickens Cast Claire Foy
Another mini-series based on a Dickens book. Amy Dorrit carries the burden of taking care of her family, since her father is in debtors' prison....Read more
Mr Selfridge (Sunday March 31, 2013)Creator Andrew Davies Cast Ron Cook
The story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American entrepeneur with a department store in London....Read more
Bleakhouse (Sunday January 22, 2006)Creator Charles Dickens Cast Anna Maxwell Martin
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Bleak House captures the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system....Read more
Downton Abbey (Sunday January 9, 2011)Creator Julian Fellowes Cast Hugh Bonneville
A portrayal of an aristocratic British family and their staff, beginning at the years before the first world war. BBC’s Downton Abbey is an enormous success – you’ve probably seen it, or at least heard of it. The decadence of the Crawley family is simply nice to look at, as are the shenanigans a level below (the staff) and the relationships between the family and their personnel. Yes, most characters are one-dimensional, and the fights and struggles are simplistic. No one really cares, apparently. Neither do we. ...Read more
Deadwood (Sunday March 21, 2004)Creator David Milch Cast Timothy Olyphant
The story is set in the late nineteenth century and highlights the town of Deadwood and its inhabitants that are surrounded by...Read more
Mad Men (Thursday July 19, 2007)Creator Matthew Weiner Cast Jon Hamm
The famous drama revolving around Don Draper: the creative director of an advertising firm who has a lot to hide.
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|Familiar faces||Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster & Christina Hendricks|
|Trending shows||Wolf Hall, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel & Another Period|
costume drama TV series scheduled for release this year.