10 period dramas to watch on Netflix while waiting for ‘Bridgerton’ season three
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10 period dramas to watch on Netflix while waiting for ‘Bridgerton’ season three

As the excitement for the upcoming third season of Bridgerton reaches its peak, anticipation is at an all-time high, especially with the recent onset of Polin fever. Starring Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton as the lead couple for the season, the world of high society, romance, and scandal is set to captivate audiences once again this May. 

But for those who find themselves craving even more period drama escapades while eagerly awaiting the return to the anachronistic Regency-era London, fear not, for Netflix has an impressive array of films and shows to transport you to worlds filled with even more sensational royal scandals, intricate court politics, and timeless romance.

Step back in time to the early 19th century with Pride and Prejudice, a beloved adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel starring the iconic duo of Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFayden. Follow the spirited Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates the societal expectations of marriage and love, all while clashing with the haughty Mr Darcy. For more Austen, tune into Emma, where Emma Woodhouse takes centre stage. This charming adaptation of Austen’s beloved comedy of manners follows Emma as she meddles in the romantic affairs of her friends and neighbours, stirring the pot where not even required.

Sensibility and Sensibility is another period drama that can whisk you away to the world of Jane Austen once again. This time follow the Dashwood sisters as they navigate love, loss, and societal expectations in early 19th-century England. 

For a dose of steamy French sophistication and intrigue, Lady J is the delightful romp through 18th-century aristocratic circles. Join Madame de La Pommeraye as she concocts a cunning scheme to exact revenge on a faithless lover, weaving a web of love, betrayal, and redemption. This is, after all, the original that inspired the shockingly tantalising 1990s hit Cruel Intentions.

For more contemporary adaptations of a world bygone there is Mr Malcolm’s List. It invites viewers into the glittering world of Regency-era England, where a young woman sets out to teach a haughty suitor a lesson in humility after he rejects her for failing to meet his exacting standards. This storyline has streaks of Pride and Prejudice and Bridgerton season two, plus it has a diverse cast headlined by the Slumdog Millionaire breakout star Freida Pinto.

Even Enola Holmes offers a fresh, feminist take on the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries. And The Personal History of David Copperfield brings Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life with humour, heart, and a touch of whimsy.

For those who prefer their drama in series form, Downton Abbey offers a glimpse into the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their loyal house helps in early 20th-century England. With its sprawling ensemble cast and richly detailed setting, this series is sure to keep you hooked from start to finish. But then again, many Bridgerton fans grew up on Downton Abbey.

Bridgerton fans would also know of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. This prequel explores the rise of Queen Charlotte to power in 18th-century England and her love story with King George. With its lush costumes and standout performances, this limited series is a must-watch for fans of the original show. And you might actually find it to be better than the Bridgerton seasons!

Finally, let The Empress transport you to the glittering courts of 19th-century Austria, where a young duchess finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue and betrayal after marrying the Emperor. With its lavish production and intriguing story, this German historical drama is sure to be a fun departure.

10 period dramas to watch while waiting for Bridgerton season three:

  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Lady J (2018)
  • Emma (2020)
  • Mr. Malcom’s List (2022)
  • Enola Holmes (2020)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Downton Abbey (2010-2015)
  • Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023)
  • The Empress (2022)