12 classic British period drama series you can watch on BBC iPlayer right now

There’s currently a wonderful selection of British period drama series on BBC iPlayer.

UK viewers who have a TV licence can watch the BBC’s streaming service on a wide range of devices, including tablets, mobile phones, computers and smart televisions – all with no adverts!

In addition to featuring recently aired shows to catch up on, BBC iPlayer has recently started showcasing a huge array of classic series from the corporation’s archive.

We’ve put together this list of suggestions for British period drama fans to check out:

 

The Musketeers (30 episodes)

Based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers, BBC One’s action adventure series aired for three seasons between 2014 and 2016.

Available for 11 months.

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Les Miserables (6 episodes)

Andrew Davies (Mr Selfridge) adapted Victor Hugo’s French historical novel for BBC One in 2018, starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins.

Available for 5 months.

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Rillington Place (3 episodes)

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer appeared in this biographical crime drama about the case of serial killer John Christie, and the wrongful execution of Timothy Evans on BBC One in 2016.

Available for 9 months.

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Summer of Rockets (6 episodes)

Stephen Poliakoff’s 1950s Cold War drama aired on BBC Two in 2019, starring Keeley Hawes from The Durrells.

Available for 10 months.

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Bleak House (15 episodes)

Broadcast on BBC One in 2005, this serial based on Charles Dickens’ 1852 serialised novel features a brilliant ensemble cast, including Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones).

Available for 4 months.

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Burton & Taylor (TV movie)

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West play Hollywood’s most glamorous couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, in BBC Four’s 2013 film about the pair’s final performance together in Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983.

Available for 9 months.

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Father Brown (10 episodes)

Based on the stories by GK Chesterton, BBC One’s hit daytime drama stars Mark Williams (Harry Potter) as a crime-solving Roman Catholic priest in the 1950s.

Available for 5 months.

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Little Dorrit (14 episodes)

Claire Foy (The Crown) and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) lead the cast of BBC One’s epic 2008 adaptation of Dickens’ powerful story of love, honour, debt and hope in 1820s London.

Available for 4 months.

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North and South (4 episodes)

Based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 Victorian novel, this mini-series starring Richard Armitage is set across the social divide in the changing world of Victorian industrial society.

Available for 5 months.

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Pride and Prejudice (6 episodes)

Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle star in BBC One’s award-winning 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Regency romance.

Available for 5 months.

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War and Peace (6 episodes)

Three young people experience life, love and loss against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon in BBC One’s 2016 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, featuring James Norton (Grantchester) and Lily James (Downton Abbey).

Available for 11 months.

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Sense and Sensibility (3 episodes)

A young pre-Downton Abbey Dan Stevens stars in BBC One’s 2008 adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, in which the Dashwoods start a new life in Devonshire where, one of the sisters quickly finds she has suitors to choose from.

Available for 4 months.

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