40 new British period drama movies you need to go see in 2022

2022 is looking like another exciting year for British period drama fans.

Here, in alphabetical order, are all the new British historical and period drama movies you need to see this year!

Take a look at our big previews of this year’s new British period drama TV mini-series and returning British period drama TV series too.

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Against the Ice

What is about?

Based on Danish novel Two Against the Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen, this true survival story of friendship, love and the awe-inspiring power of companionship is set in Greenland in the 1909.

Against the Ice stars Heida Reed (Poldark), Charles Dance (The Crown), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), and Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders).

Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they must fight to stay alive.

What did the reviews say?

Game of Thrones star shows his range in this arctic adventure … this intense two-hander with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Cole has defied the frostbitten clichés and is packing some hard-won emotional oomph.” ★★★★ – The Times

“Simple but sturdy Netflix survival drama.” ★★★ – The Guardian

Ejnar Mikkelsen’s novel Two Against the Ice is available on Amazon.

 

Benediction

What’s it about?

Written and directed by Terence Davies (A Quiet PassionSunset Song), Benediction explores the life of First World War poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon.

The biopic stars Jack Lowden (War & PeaceThe Long Song) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) as the younger and older version of Sassoon, alongside Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Calam Lynch (Mrs Wilson), Simon Russell Beale (Mary Queen of Scots), and Kate Phillips (Wolf Hall).

What did the reviews say?

Benediction finds both sorrow and hilariously withering wit in the eventful life of a famed wartime poet, offering some of the sharpest, nimblest dialogue of writer-director Terence Davies’ estimable career.” ★★★★ – Empire

“Inspired by the life of Siegfried Sassoon, Terence Davies’s evocative drama is no cradle-to-grave biopic … It’s beautiful, but only in the way it tends to its tragedies with such care.” ★★★★ – The Independent

 

Burial

What’s it about?

Set in the last days of World War II, this is the fictional story of a small band of Russian soldiers, led by intelligence officer Brana Vasilyeva ( Charlotte Vega), tasked with trafficking the remains of Hitler back to Stalin in Russia.

En route, the unit is attacked by German ‘Werwolf’ partisans and picked off one-by-one. Brana leads her surviving comrades in a last stand to ensure their ‘cargo’ doesn’t fall into the hands of those who would see it buried, in order to hide the truth forever.

Burial also stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Bill Milner (Dunkirk), and Harriet Walter (Downton Abbey).

When’s it out?

Burial will be released in cinemas later this year.

 

Catherine, Called Birdy

What’s it about?

Based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel for children, Lena Dunham’s coming-of-age comedy Catherine, Called Birdy follows the adventures of a teenage girl in Medieval England as she navigates through life and tries to avoid the arranged marriages her father maps out for her.

Amazon Prime’s movie stars Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Paul Kaye (After Life), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who).

When’s it out?

Catherine, Called Birdy will be released in cinemas on 23rd September, then on Amazon Prime Video on 7th October.

Karen Cushman’s book Catherine Called Birdy is available on Amazon.

 

Death on the Nile

What’s it about?

Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot in the sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel, Death on the Nile sees Poirot investigate a murder while on a luxury cruise on the Nile River in Egypt.

The all-star cast includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey), Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ali Fazal (Victoria & Abdul), Sophie Okonedo (Christopher Robin), Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), and comedian Russell Brand.

What did the reviews say?

“[Death on the Nile] feels far more personal than Orient Express, with much higher stakes.” ★★★ – Empire

“Branagh’s spirited performance as Poirot and a big-name ensemble cast can’t keep this stale and two-dimensional whodunnit afloat.” ★★ – The Guardian

Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile is available on Amazon.

 

Downton Abbey: A New Era

What’s it about?

Following the huge success of the first movie in 2019, the whole Downton Abbey cast have reunited for a sequel.

They’re joined by Dominic West (The Crown), Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), and Laura Haddock (The Musketeers).

Set in 1928, A New Era sees our beloved characters embark on a lavish trip to the South of France where they must uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.

What did the reviews say?

“The new Downton Abbey movie is very much the escape we all desperately need right now, a world you and your mum will enjoy spending time in.”- Mamamia

“Plenty of surprises and an iconic moment to savour … The luxury soap opera’s second feature-length spin-off ticks all the right boxes.” – The Telegraph

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

The Duke

What’s it about?

Helen Mirren (The Queen), Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones), and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) star in this uplifting tale from the director of Notting Hill.

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend.

What did the reviews say?

“The kind of heist movie that will steal your affections from under your nose. An Ealing-esque comedy with its heart exactly in the right place, it proves a fitting farewell for the multitalented director, Roger Michell.” ★★★★ – Empire

“Jim Broadbent is priceless in this canny, tender British comedy … expert handling on all sides makes this stranger than fiction story work.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

 

Emily

What’s it about?

Mansfield Park actress Frances O’Connor makes her directorial debut with this period drama film about the brief life of famed English writer Emily Brontë, played by Emma Mackey (Death on the Nile).

Best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, Brontë died in 1848 at the age of just 30.

The cast also includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers), Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack), Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) as Emily’s brother, Branwell Brontë.

When’s it out?

Emily will be released in cinemas in October.

 

Empire of Light

What’s it about?

Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) star in this love story set in the 1980s from James Bond director Sam Mendes.

They’ll be joined by Toby Jones (Detectorists), Crystal Clarke (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain), Tanya Moodie (A Discovery of Witches), and Micheal Ward (Small Axe).

Empire of Light is set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the south coast of England.

When’s it out?

Empire of Light is set for release this autumn.

 

Enola Holmes 2

What’s it about?

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown returns as the titular young detective in a second Enola Holmes movie.

Based on Nancy Springer’s book series about the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, the first film was a huge hit for Netflix in 2019.

Original cast members Henry Cavill, Louis Partridge, and Helena Bonham Carter are all back again as Enola’s older brother Sherlock Holmes, Tewkesbury, Eudoria Holmes respectively.

When’s it out?

Enola Holmes 2 premieres exclusively on Netflix later this year.

 

Enys Men

What’s it about?

Set in 1973, Enys Men is a new horror movie from the BAFTA winning writer-director of 2019’s acclaimed Bait.

The film deals with a woman (Mary Woodvine) who is alone on a remote Cornish island from winter into spring as a Volunteer for The Wildlife Trust, observing an extremely rare flower that only grows in this one place. In the middle of the island stands a Bronze Age standing stone, which may or may not be moving closer to her cottage.

When’s it out?

Enys Men will be released in cinemas in 2022.

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

What’s it about?

Casino Royale actor Mads Mikkelsen joins the Harry Potter prequel franchise’s third outing, The Secrets of Dumbledore, taking over the role of Grindelwald.

Jude Law returns as the young Albus Dumbledore, alongside Fantastic Beasts regulars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, and Jessica Williams as Eulalie ‘Lally’ Hicks.

Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. With the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?

What did the reviews say?

The Secrets of Dumbledore falls into many of the same pitfalls as its successors … And throughout it all, you can sense the desperation to recapture the magic of the much better movies Fantastic Beasts originated from.” – Mashable

The Secrets Of Dumbledore doesn’t quite cast a Potter-like spell — but with solid action and moments of genuine heart, it delivers a little light in the Wizarding World’s darkest hour.” ★★★ – Empire

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Firebrand

What’s it about?

From the producer of The Dig, Firebrand stars Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) as Katherine Parr, the last of King Henry VIII’s six wives, alongside Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts), Erin Doherty (The Crown), and Eddie Marsan (Ridley Road).

With four husbands herself, Parr was Queen of England and Ireland from until Henry’s death in 1547, and was the final queen consort of the House of Tudor.

When’s it out?

Firebrand is expected to arrive in cinemas later in 2022 or in early 2023.

 

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

What’s it about?

The Crown actress Emma Corrin stars as Lady Chatterley in this new adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s classic 1928 novel about an unhappily-married wealthy lady who engages in a torrid affair with a gamekeeper on their English estate.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been adapted by French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Mustang) from a script by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee.

When’s it out?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover will be released in 2022.

D.H. Lawrence’s novel is available on Amazon.

 

The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die

What’s it about?

The fifth season of The Last Kingdom is followed by a one-off feature-length movie, Seven Kings Must Die.

Producer Nigel Marchant explained last year that while Season 5’s finale “fully concludes the series,” the show’s makers felt “there was always one more story that we wanted to tell.”

Set in the late 9th century AD, when England is divided into seven separate kingdoms, Netflix’s epic historical drama series is based on the Saxon Stories novels by Bernard Cornwell.

When’s it out?

The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die will premiere exclusively on Netflix in late 2022 or early 2023.

 

Lee

What’s it about?

Kate Winslet stars as Lee Miller in this historical movie about the model-turned-photographer’s experiences in World War II.

The cast also includes Jude Law (The Nest), Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock), Josh O’Connor (The Crown), and Marion Cotillard (Inception).

When’s it out?

Lee will be released in 2022 or 2023.

 

Medieval

What’s it about?

Historical action-drama Medieval tells the story of 14th century Czech national hero and revered military tactician Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.

Joining Ben Foster as Zizka are Sir Michael Caine and Narnia star William Moseley.

When’s it out?

Medieval will be released in 2022.

 

Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

What’s it about?

Best known for his two Sherlock Holmes movies, as well as King Arthur: Legend of the SwordThe Man From UNCLE, and Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, Guy Ritchie returns with this World War II secret operatives movie.

Ritchie adapting The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops by historian Damien Lewis.

When’s it out?

Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022.

Damien Lewis’s book The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is available on Amazon.

 

Mr Malcolm’s List

What’s it about?

Based on the novel by Suzanne Allain, Mr Malcolm’s List follows a young woman in 1800s England enlists the help of her friend to get revenge on a suitor who rejected her for failing a requirement of his list.

The movie stars Theo James (Sanditon), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Sope Dirisu (The Halcyon), Zawe Ashton (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Bly Manor).

When’s it out?

Mr Malcolm’s List is set for release in July.

Suzanne Allain’s novel Mr Malcolm’s List is available on Amazon.

 

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

What’s it about?

Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris follows a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who becomes obsessed with a couture Dior dress and decides to go on an adventure to Paris.

World on Fire star Lesley Manville leads the cast, alongside Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Rose Williams, and French actress Isabelle Huppert.

When’s it out?

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will be released in the UK this autumn, and in the US in July.

Paul Gallico’s novel Mrs ‘Arris Goes to Paris is available on Amazon.

 

Munich: The Edge of War

What’s it about?

Set in the autumn of 1938 as Europe stands on the brink of the Second World War, Munich: The Edge of War is based on Robert Harris’s bestselling 2017 novel.

Jeremy Irons leads the cast of Netflix’s historical thriller as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, alongside George McKay (1917), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), and Erin Doherty (The Crown).

What did the reviews say?

“An enjoyable World War II spy flick, Munich: The Edge Of War scores with strong performances and filmmaking craft, but is let down by a lack of dramatic heft. A Father’s Day watch in waiting.” ★★★ – Empire

“An elegant what-if twist on wartime history … Jeremy Irons is on top form as Neville Chamberlain in a Robert Harris adaptation that melds fact with enjoyable fiction.” ★★★ – The Guardian

Robert Harris’s book is available on Amazon.

 

My Name is Leon

What’s it about?

Based on Kit de Waal’s novel, the BBC’s one-off TV movie set in 1980s Britain stars Malachi Kirby (Small Axe), Monica Dolan (A Very English Scandal), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense), Christopher Eccleston (The A Word), and Sir Lenny Henry (Doctor Who).

My Name is Leon tells the uplifting and incredibly moving story of nine year old Leon, a mixed-race boy whose desire is to keep his family together, as his single-parent mother suffers a devastating breakdown.

When will it air?

My Name is Leon will premiere on BBC Two in the UK in June.

Kit de Waal’s novel is available on Amazon.

 

My Policeman

What’s it about?

Emma Corrin (The Crown) stars alongside One Direction singer Harry Styles in this romantic movie set in 1950s Brighton, based on Bethan Roberts’ novel My Policeman.

Inspired by the life of E.M. Forster and his relationship with his long-time companion Bob Buckingham and his wife, Roberts’ 2014 book has been adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia).

When’s it out?

My Policeman will be released in UK cinemas in October, then globally on Amazon Prime Video in November.

Bethan Roberts’ novel My Policeman is available on Amazon.

 

Nell Gwynn

What’s it about?

Based on the Olivier-winning play by Jessica Swale, this film dramatises the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II, and her part in the theatre of the 17th century.

Nell Gwynn comes from the makers of Darkest HourAtonement, and The Theory of Everything, with French-British actress Emma Mackey (Death on the Nile) playing the title character.

When’s it out?

Nell Gwynn is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022.

Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn book is available on Amazon.

 

Operation Mincemeat

What’s it about?

Set in 1943, this World War II movie from the makers of The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey).

The story follows two brilliant intelligence officers who conceived a plan to trick the Nazis that was dubbed Operation Mincemeat.

What did the reviews say?

“Matthew Macfadyen steals the show in a pacey war thriller.” ★★★★ – The Times

“A classic tale of British second world war derring-do and the sort of film you’ll watch with your dad on a Sunday afternoon.” – The Spectator

Ben McIntyre’s book Operation Mincemeat is available on Amazon.

 

Persuasion

What’s it about?

One of two new versions of Persuasion this year, Netflix’s film is “a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel.”

Dakota Johnson (The Lost Daughter) leads the cast as Anne Elliot, while Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding plays Mr Elliot.

When’s it out?

Persuasion will premiere on Netflix in July.

Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is available on Amazon.

 

Persuasion

What’s it about?

This new adaptation of Jane Austen’s final completed novel comes from the producers of Suffragette and the director of the BBC’s The Long Song.

Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot (Australian actress Sarah Snook) who, many years after refusing the proposal of young naval officer Frederick Wentworth, finds herself navigating the waters of English society when Wentworth returns from war a wealthy and decorated captain. As Anne ponders missed opportunities, she must consider her own regrets and unwavering, possibly unrequited love.

When’s it out?

Persuasion is expected to arrive in cinemas in late 2022.

Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion is available on Amazon.

 

Peter Pan & Wendy

What’s it about?

Jude Law stars as Captain Hook in Disney’s new fantasy adventure film based on J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan.

When’s it out?

Peter Pan & Wendy will premiere exclusively on Disney+ later this year.

 

The Phantom of the Open

What’s it about?

The Phantom of the Open tells the remarkable true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator who, with the support of his family and friends, managed to gain entry to the 1976 British Open qualifying, despite never playing a round of golf before!

From the writer of Paddington 2, the uplifting comedy-drama stars Mark Rylance (The BFG), Sally Hawkins (Paddington), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).

What did the reviews say?

“This underdog golf biopic sometimes swings and whiffs with its hyper-quirky styling, but a bright script and game performances see it through.” – Variety

“Rylance’s Maurice is truly adorable. When he’s in the frame, everyone’s a winner … The actor makes the World’s Worst Golfer into a loveable legend all over again.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

Simon Farnaby’s book The Phantom of the Open is available on Amazon.

 

Prizefighter

What’s it about?

Set in Bristol, England in 1800 and based on a true story, Prizefighter explores the life of Jem Belcher, who became the youngest ever world champion, became blind at 22, and was dead by the age of 30.

Matt Hookings (Winter Ridge) plays Belcher, alongside Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones), Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings), Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans), and Julian Glover (Game of Thrones).

When’s it out?

Prizefighter will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 22nd July.

 

The Railway Children Return

What’s it about?

Jenny Agutter reprises her her role as Bobbie from 1970’s classic The Railway Children movie in this enchanting and heart-warming adventure for a new generation.

The Railway Children Return is set in 1944, with a new group of children being evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War.

When’s it out?

The Railway Children Return will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 15th July.

The original The Railway Children movie is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Save the Cinema

What’s is about?

Set in a small Welsh town in the 1990s, Save the Cinema is a feel-good story based on the efforts of one woman bringing together a community to save the local cinema.

Samantha Morton (Harlots) leads the cast, alongside Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), Adeel Akhtar (Les Miserables), and Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes).

What did the reviews say?

“The end result is the sort of film people always say ‘they just don’t make any more’, a modestly funny, gently uplifting tale of a community coming together to do a good thing.” ★★★ – Daily Mail

“Suitable for a family audience – and how many live action films of late can you say that about – and with real rewatch value to it too, Save the Cinema captures the feel of films that the UK industry got really good at in the later 1990s, and sort of fell out of love with. It’s not just a love letter to the big screen, but to the tone of those feel good comedies as well.” ★★★★ – Film Stories

 

See How They Run

What’s it about?

Sam Rockwell (Moon), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom), Ruth Wilson (Mrs Wilson), and Adrien Brody (King Kong) lead the cast of this murder murder movie set in London’s West End in the 1950s.

See How They Run sees plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit.

When’s it out?

See How They Run will be released in cinemas in September.

 

Shackleton

What’s it about?

From the makers of Taboo and the writer of 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy film, this new biopic about the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton stars English actor Tom Hardy.

The legendary polar explorer led British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 20th Century. During one of his journeys, his ship, Endurance, was crushed in the pack ice and Shackleton led his crew on a months-long journey in sub-zero temperatures until they reached solid ground.

When’s it out?

Shackleton is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022.

 

Spamalot

What’s it about?

Based on 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie, the hit Broadway musical Spamalot is finally heading to big screen.

The upcoming film adaptation has been written by Monty Python member Eric Idle, and will be directed by Casey Nicholaw, who was the original Broadway production’s choreographer.

When’s it out?

Spamalot is expected to arrive in 2022 or 2023.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

War Magician

What’s it about?

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) stars as Jasper Maskelyne, a real-life British illusionist who used magic to defeat Erwin Rommel during the Second World War.

War Magician is based on the book by David Fisher and is directed Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).

When’s it out?

War Magician is expected to arrive in cinemas in late 2022.

David Fisher’s book is available on Amazon.

 

Wolves of War

What’s it about?

Based on a true story, Wolves of War stars Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), and singer-actor Matt Willis (Allies).

Westwick and Willis are playing British officers leading a team of allied commandos on a mission in Bavaria near the end of World War II to extract an American, played by Graves, who’s being held hostage by the Nazis.

When’s it out?

Wolves of War is expected to be released in 2022.

 

White Bird: A Wonder Story

What’s it about?

White Bird: A Wonder Story charts the story of a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Based on R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel, the movie stars Gillian Anderson (The Crown) as Vivienne, the woman who along with her family must make unimaginable choices.

When’s it out?

White Bird: A Wonder Story will be released in 2022.

R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel White Bird: A Wonder Story is available on Amazon.

 

Women in the Castle

What’s it about?

Adapted from Jessica Shattuck’s hit 2017 book, Women in the Castle tells the story of three German women during and after the Second World War.

The trio of main characters – played by Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express), and Nina Hoss (My Little Sister) – are widows of conspirators involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and each of them must deal with the fallout of her personal life differently.

When’s it out?

Women in the Castle is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022.

Jessica Shattuck’s novel is available on Amazon.

 

The Wonder

What’s it about?

Set in 1862 and based on Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel, this Irish period drama movie stars Florence Pugh (Little Women), Tom Burke (The Musketeers), Niamh Algar (Deceit), Toby Jones (Dad’s Army), and Ciarán Hinds (The Woman in Black).

The Wonder follows a young girl who stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to investigate, as tourists and pilgrims flock to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?

When’s it out?

The Wonder will premiere on Netflix in 2022.

Emma Donoghue’s novel The Wonder is available on Amazon.

 

Take a look back at our list of 2021’s best British period drama movies here!