10 Things to Watch Now That You’ve Binged Bridgerton

So you’ve rinsed your way through the steamy period drama that is Bridgerton?

Well then, no doubt, like many, you’re eagerly waiting for Lady Whistledown to pick up her pen again in season 2… but, with production planned for this Spring, there’s going to be a little Bridgerton shaped hole in your life for some time.

Thou shall not stress though, because we’re here to help you try and fill it! We’ve put together a mix of TV shows and films for you to draw your attention to; some new, some old, but all definitely echoing the suave and style of your new favourite period drama.

1.  Belgravia (TV mini-series) (2020)

What’s it about?

Set in the 19th century, ‘new money’ family, the Trenchard’s, rub shoulders with London’s upper classes, but secrets from the past soon become a threat. 

Why you’ll like it

Belgravia was written for the screen by Julian Fellowes, the man behind the creation and co-writing of Downton Abbey (2010-2015). That’s not all though, as other Downton team members, Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge, all reunited again as executive producers on Belgravia. For Downton lovers then, it’s no surprise that this newer mini series offers an epic production design and score, but viewers can revel in a darker, fast-paced story line entwined with attempted murder, adultery and much more. 

Watch on: Available to rent on Prime Video

2.  The Crown (TV series) (2016 – Present)

What’s it about?

Follow the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the Duke of Edinburgh, all the way into the early 21st century. The historical drama blends facts with fiction as it depicts the inner workings of the royals and their relationships, from Princess Margaret to Lady Diana.

Why you’ll like it

It’s only been the talk of the last four years! The Crown’s brilliant casting is enough to draw you in and each cast member offers their best portrayals of their real counterparts, notably, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher. 

The award-winning show looks fantastic thanks to its lavish sets, costumes, and expensive production. The Crown delivers with its clever attention to detail, whilst some storylines are utterly salacious. We won’t get into the controversy over it’s historical accuracy though, so we’ll leave you to make your mind up on that! 

Watch on: Netflix

3.  Dickinson (TV series) (2019 – Present)

What’s it about?

Step into the world of writer Emily Dickinson as she explores the constraints of society, gender and family. This creative series adds a modern and comedic age to the budding writers coming-of-age story, and it’s certainly not afraid to be itself! Expect period costumes that directly contrast with the deliberately contemporary dialogue, for added fun.

Why you’ll like it

 Hailee Steinfeld stars as the titular character and works her charm on audiences, embracing the freshness and quirkiness of the script. Steinfeld dons the appropriate outfits and sure does look the part, whilst still mastering the ever so contrasting and sometimes misplaced dialogue. Dickinson really is an imaginative and colourful display, and one that will resonate with millennials the most. Keep an eye out for Wiz Khalifa’s appearance in the series too, as he portrays the coolest embodiment of Death.

Watch on: Apple TV

4.  Emily in Paris (TV series) (2020 – Present)

What’s it about?

Emily, a driven young woman from Chicago, moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. Her role is to bring an American point of view to a French marketing firm. You’ll watch Emily play out her new adventure as she adjusts to the culture clash, a new career, friendships and love life.

Why you’ll like it

If you’re looking for a lighthearted and easy watch, then Emily in Paris may be right up your alley. The series is whimsical in its efforts, with a watchable leading lady in Lily Collins. Whilst far from believable, you can enjoy vicariously experiencing what it would be like to prance around Europe with a neverending wardrobe of stylish outfits and delightful meeting places. 

Watch on: Netflix

5. Emma (Movie) (2020)

What’s it about?

 In Regency-era England (ahem, ring a bell?!), a wealthy and elegant young woman amuses herself with matchmaking and meddling in the romantic lives of her friends. 

Why you’ll like it

Another one for millennials! Emma is a light movie adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy. It’s witty and romantic, with a sense of humour, and bursting with over-stylised costumes and colorful sets. Compared to previous adaptations, Taylor-Joy’s portrayal of Emma feels a little colder and sometimes nastier, but that’s the point. Worth watching for the leading performance and to see if Emma earns her happily ever after.

Watch on: Available to rent on Prime Video

6. Gentleman Jack (2019 – Present)

What’s it about?

A biographical dramatisation of the charismatic LGBTQ+ trailblazer and cryptic diarist Anne Lister. Set in 1832, Anne returns to Halixfax, West Yorkshire, to restore her uncle’s estate that she has inherited, and encounters a potentially blossoming romance with another woman.

Why you’ll like it

The period drama is unique and groundbreaking in its nature, centering on two female protagonists and their condemned romantic relationship in the1800s. Suranne Jones is an exciting and intriguing watch as she takes on the bold persona of Lister too. Donning the tophat and extravagant costumes, Jones is one of the key reasons to watch the show as she wholeheartedly carries the funny, smart, and touching story along. 

Watch on: Available to rent on Prime Video

7. The Great (TV Series) (2020 – Present)

What’s it about?

This self-titled anti-historical comedy-drama tells the story of a royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century. Catherine is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor. The show is loosely based on the rise to power of Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia.

Why you’ll like it

Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star opposite one another in another of the newer period dramas. Satire in style, this fictionalised series tackles murder plots, depravity, romance, and further absurdity. It’s wacky with a wicked sense of humour, and worth a watch for the pure fun of it all.

Watch on: StarzPlay on Prime Video

8.  Harlots (TV Series) (2017 – 2019)

What’s it about?

It’s 1753 in London, and Margaret Wells is determined to improve her life and raise her daughters. However, in a world where women’s opportunities for economic advancement are either through marriage or sex work, Margarent must take action, and moves her brothel to Greek Street, Soho, to serve a wealthier clientele. 

Why you’ll like it

Who wouldn’t want to watch one business woman’s rise over a brothel?! Samantha Morton (The Walking Dead) and Lesley Manville (Maleficent) go head to head in this feminist period drama which uncomfortably explores the fight for survival and family.

Watch on: StarzPlay on Prime Video

9. Little Women (Movie) (2019)

What’s it about?

The coming-of-age chronicles of the March sisters, four young women, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, who are each determined to live and determine their own lives during the 19th century. The story sees Jo reflect back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the sisters.

Why you’ll like it

Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen breathe life into the March sisters, alongside a broader ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep and Timotheé Chalamet. Greta Gerwig’s endearing tale of the young women is a classic coming of age story with a lot of empathy and affection, and one which viewers can enjoy whilst exploring the lessons of womanhood.

Watch on: Available to rent on Prime Video

10. The Tudors (TV Series) (2007-2010)

What’s it about?

Delve into Henry’s nearly 40-year reign from 1509, to his famous female companions, from Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, to his relationships with the important figures that were Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey, and the Duke of Suffolk.

Why you’ll like it

It’s the most dramatic, saucy, and riveting retelling of the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII thou shall ever watch! With a stellar cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer, Sam Neill, Sarah Bolger, and James Frain, we’ve already given you six reasons to watch it. The Tudors is one of our favourite historical shows, thanks to it’s grit, graphic displays of violence, and its themes of greed, lust, love, and power. Not forgetting that it certainly takes no-shame in its depictions of Henry’s love life! 

Watch on: All4

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