Bridgerton: If you like the Netflix period drama, you’ll love… Poldark, The Great and Downton Abbey

Suffering from post-Bridgerton blues? Get your period drama fix with these quality series.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 8 January 2021 - 1.58pm
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Bridgerton is the perfect TV show for the winter.

It’s a real treat for the senses, with lavish costumes, spectacular ballroom scenes and even some recognisable music.

If you’ve finished all of season one and don’t know where to go next, we’ve picked out some other shows that should fill your period drama fix.

The Great

How can I watch it?

The Great continues on Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4 with catch-up episodes available on All 4.

What’s it about?

This comedy drama focuses on the rise of Catherine the Great, from a normal young girl to the longest reigning female ruler in Russian history.

Why should I watch it?

Satirical, fun and (mostly) fiction, this is one of the most humorous period dramas you’ll watch. It also boasts a decent cast, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult.

Harlots

How can I watch it?

Harlots season 3 is available on BBC iPlayer.

What’s it about?

Harlots focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in Soho, London. She aims to improve her and her girls’ lives by moving to another location to serve a richer clientele.

Why should I watch it?

Starring big names like Samantha Morton and Leslie Manville and created by an all-woman production team, Harlots is a lavish and lewd period drama to be devoured.

Poldark

How can I watch it?

All four seasons of Poldark are available on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Based on the Winston Graham novels of the same title, it follows the fate Captain Ross Vennor Poldark who has returned from the American War of Independence to his native Cornwall.

Why should I watch it?

Gorgeous Cornish scenery provides the backdrop to this drama, which has love triangles, family jealousy and amusing witty insults to keep you on board.

Downton Abbey

How can I watch it?

All six seasons of Downton Abbey are available on BritBox.

What’s it about?

The series is set in a fictional country estate in Yorkshire, depicting the lives of the Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th century.

Why should I watch it?

Probably the biggest TV period drama ever (it’s won an Emmy and a Golden Globe), if you’re one of the few yet to watch Downton Abbey then you’re in for a lavish comfort blanket of a show. It’s been praised for its script, acting and how it’s been artfully crafted.

Belgravia

How can I watch it?

Belgravia is available to watch on BritBox.

What’s it about?

Belgravia is based on the novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes – the creator of Downton Abbey. It’s about the “upper echelon” of 19th century London society, and how a series of events will have long-lasting consequences for the Trenchards family.

Why should I watch it?

Tamsin Greig and Philip Glenister are among the cast. If you’re a fan of Downton with not a huge amount of time to spare, it’s definitely worth a pop – it’s created by the same production team, and there are only six episodes so you could easily binge it over a weekend.

Victoria

How can I watch it?

Victoria seasons one to three is available on BritBox.

What’s it about?

As the title suggests, the show focuses on the reign of Queen Victoria from her accession to the throne at the age of 18.

Why should I watch it?

Jenna Coleman is brilliant in the title role. It’s also perfect if you’re a fan of The Crown, as it’s inspired by real events and serves as a history lesson as well as a gripping drama.

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