44 new British period drama movies you need to 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 next year!

You can also take a look at out our epic preview of this year’s British period drama TV series too.

 

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.

When’s it out?

Against the Ice will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world later this year.

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

 

Bee Gees movie

 

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

 

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), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), 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.

When’s it out?

Death on the Nile will finally sail in to cinemas in February.

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 will reunite for a sequel.

When’s it out?

Downton Abbey 2 will arrive in cinemas on 18th March.

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.

When’s it out?

The Duke arrives in UK cinemas in February.

 

Emily

 

Empire of Light

 

Enola Holmes 2

 

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 late 2021 or early 2022.

 

Everest

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

 

Firebrand

 

Instrumental

What’s it about?

The Theory of Everything director James Marsh adapts the bestselling memoir of English concert pianist James Rhodes, played by Andrew Garfield (Breathe).

Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music reveals how music saved the piano prodigy’s life after he was abused during his time at his all-boys junior school.

When’s it out?

Instrumental is expected to be released in 2022.

James Rhodes’ book Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music is available on Amazon.

 

Kitbag

 

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

 

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.

 

Let Me Count The Ways

What’s it about?

From the makers of Belle, Let Me Count the Ways dramatises the love affair between the Elizabeth Barrett Browning and playwright Robert Browning in the mid-19th century.

The Victorian poet is played by English actress Emilia Clarke, best known as Daenerys in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

When’s it out?

Let Me Count the Ways is set for release in 2022.

 

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.

 

Merlin

 

Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

 

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 will be released in 2022.

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 Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, and Rose Williams (Downton Abbey).

When’s it out?

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will be released in the UK on 25th February and in the US on 4th March.

Paul Gallico’s novel Mrs. Harris 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).

When’s it out?

Munich: The Edge of War will premiere exclusively on Netflix on 21st January.

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 air on BBC One in the UK in early 2022.

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 is being adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia).

When’s it out?

My Policeman is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2022.

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.

When’s it out?

Operation Mincemeat will arrive in cinemas in January 2022.

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

 

Persuasion

What’s it about?

One of two new versions of Jane Austen’s final completed novel this year.

When’s it out?

Persuasion will premiere on Netflix in 2022.

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

 

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).

When’s it out?

Save the Cinema will premiere in UK cinemas, and on Sky Cinema and NOW TV from 14th January.

 

See How They Run

 

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

 

A Special Relationship

What’s it about?

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) plays Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor in this biopic about the Oscar-winning star’s journey from actress to activist.

A Special Relationship comes from the makers of The King’s Speech, with a screenplay by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy.

The movie is described as “a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world.”

When’s it out?

A Special Relationship will be released in 2022.

 

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

 

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!