3 of the best English Period Dramas on Netflix

If you are a fan of British Period Dramas like us, then Netflix is a great place to discover some of the best period dramas on TV right now.

Netflix, of course, is one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world right now and is available in countries around the world. It is packed full of tv series, movies, and documentaries and has a bit of something for everyone, from period dramas to anime to shows for kids.

Depending on where you are based, you might not have access to some of the brilliant period dramas that are currently available on Netflix, however, you can bookmark any of the titles listed below and these will then appear once they become available in your region.



Bridgerton is very much a modern-day Downton Abbey and revolves around the Bridgerton family. Set in Regency-era London’s competitive world, the show revolves around the complex social season where children of marriageable age of nobility and gentry are launched into society.

The second season of Bridgerton launched in March 2022 and quickly became the most-watched English-language television series on Netflix with a reported 656.16 million hours in its first 28 days of release.

Both seasons are currently available on Netflix and the series has already been renewed for a third and fourth season.

The show is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels and showcases the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane. The powerful Bridgerton family is at the heart of the series and features eight close-knit siblings as they try to navigate the complicated and complex social season in the hope of finding romance, adventure, and ultimately, more power.

Discover three reasons to watch Bridgerton on Netflix today.


Peaky Blinders

Undoubtedly one of the most popular shows launched on Netflix, Peaky Blinders follows a notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter what the cost.

There are currently six seasons of Peaky Blinders available on Netflix and the sixth season was confirmed as being the final season produced, however, rumours of a follow-up movie still persist.

The first season begins in 1919, a few months after the end of the First World War and centres around the Peaky Blinders street gang. Each season sees the Shelby family growing in power as they expand their criminal organisation north and south of Birmingham with season six seeing them carrying out much of their activity in the United States.

Peaky Blinders has a cult following and the final episode of the show was seen by 3.7 million viewers in the UK alone.

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The English Game

An unsung British period drama on Netflix is The English Game. The show is focused on two 19th-century footballers on opposite sides of a class divide as they navigate professional and personal turmoil to change the game – and England – forever. 

It is essentially a story about the invention of football and how it quickly rose to become the world’s most popular game by crossing class divides. 

The show was written and produced exclusively for Netflix by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. The show is loosely based on real-life events, however, the dates and the players are not necessarily true to life. 

This is a fun period drama that delivers a message of hope for the underdogs as the bunch of millworkers from Darwen, Lancashire, take on the elite from Eton and ultimately, change the game of football forever.

Read our exclusive The English Game preview.


Netflix delivers British period dramas

Netflix is one of the world’s most popular streaming services and since its inception, it has inspired a number of streaming services that are both international and local. Amazon Prime is another popular streaming service around the world, but you will also find more regional services like Stan in Australia, Neon in New Zealand and Hulu in the United States.

One thing all these streaming platforms have in common is a clean design and layout, making content easy to discover. The clean design, often featuring a solid background colour (black for Netflix, white for Amazon etc) is supported by strong brand colours (red for Netflix, Blue for Stan etc). This is a common layout for website designers looking to make their content easy to browse and can be seen on other leading sites around the world including Nike, Adidas, Betway Casino, Lululemon and more.

Searching for British period dramas on Netflix couldn’t be easier. Simply search for the code 12123 within the search function, either in the App or on your desktop browser and all British period dramas, series and movies will be displayed.

It’s not just British period dramas you will find on Netflix. The streaming giant has a range of period dramas from around the world, so if period dramas are your favourite, then make sure you check out the huge range on Netflix.