Binged Bridgerton? 10 More Period Dramas to Look Forward To This Year

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If you’re among the millions who have already devoured all eight episodes of Bridgerton’s candy-colored, extravagantly costumed and frustratingly withholding second season, you may find yourself longing for another Regency-era romance to fill the hole in your heart. You can rest easy: 2022 looks set to be a bumper year for star-studded period dramas, on both the big and small screen. These are the 10 you just can’t miss.

Gentleman Jack

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The second installment of Sally Wainwright’s utterly delightful 19th-century romp following a swaggering lesbian landowner (Suranne Jones) who falls for a blushing heiress (Sophie Rundle) will feature love triangles, disapproving elders and a glamorous European getaway.

Out April 25 on HBO Max.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

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Highclere Castle’s hallowed halls are playing host to a film crew (with Dominic West as a mustachioed leading man, no less) in Simon Curtis’s long-awaited sequel. As the Crawleys contend with their rapidly modernizing world, expect quips and pure, unadulterated escapism.

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Out in theaters May 20.

The Essex Serpent

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Screenwriter Anna Symon and director Clio Barnard are translating Sarah Perry’s lush Victorian fable into an evocative six-part series starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston. She is a widow who becomes obsessed with a mythical serpent, and he a sceptical vicar.

Out May 13 on Apple TV+.

Babylon

With a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Olivia Wilde, Jean Smart and Margot Robbie – the latter as silent screen siren Clara Bow – Damien Chazelle’s glittering ode to 1920s Hollywood will examine the industry’s transition to talkies. It could very well dominate at the 2023 Oscars.

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Out in theaters December 25.

The Wonder

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Set in the misty valleys of 19th-century Ireland, Sebastián Lelio’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s beguiling thriller centers on a nurse (Florence Pugh) who travels to a remote village to witness a miracle: a girl who’s been fasting for months. But is she a saint or a fraud?

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Expected on Netflix this year.

Brideshead Revisited

Andrew Garfield will be the naive Charles Ryder, Rooney Mara the ethereal Julia Flyte, and Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes the latter’s formidable parents in this fresh take on Evelyn Waugh’s most famous novel. With Luca Guadagnino at the helm, it should be as visually ravishing as it is emotionally charged.

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Expected this year.

Persuasion

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Dakota Johnson’s Anne Elliot yearns for Cosmo Jarvis’s Frederick Wentworth in Carrie Cracknell’s playful reimagining of Jane Austen. Watch it for the sumptuous costuming and supporting performances from Richard E. Grant, Henry Golding, and Suki Waterhouse.

Expected on Netflix this year.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

After embodying Princess Diana in The Crown and an Anna Delvey-inspired scammer in Anna X, Emma Corrin will transform into another fascinating and divisive heroine in Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s sweeping love story: D.H. Lawrence’s free-thinking noblewoman who has an affair with her gamekeeper (Jack O’Connell).

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Expected on Netflix this year.

Emily

Emily Brontë, who died aged 30, just a year after the publication of Wuthering Heights, is the subject of Frances O’Connor’s ambitious directorial debut. With Emma Mackey in the titular role, it imagines her tumultuous coming of age as a reclusive rebel in the Yorkshire moors.

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Expected in theaters this year.

Marie Antoinette

Emilia Schüle is the doomed French queen alongside Louis Cunningham’s Louis XVI in this epic, eight-part feminist retelling from The Favourite’s co-author Deborah Davis. Filmed in Versailles, it promises opulent gowns, palace intrigue and plenty of heart, too.