72 new British TV period drama series you need to see in 2022

2022 looks set to be another wonderful year for fans of British period drama series.

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

You can also check out our massive preview of this year’s British period drama movies too.

 

All Creatures Great and Small – Season 3

 

Anne

What’s it about?

ITV’s four-part drama tells the inspirational true story of justice campaigner Anne Williams as she attempts to uncover the truth about what her son’s death in 1989’s Hillsborough football tragedy.

The Village star Maxine Peake leads the cast as Anne Williams.

When will it air?

Anne will air on ITV in the UK in January.

 

Around the World in Eighty Days

What’s it about?

Doctor Who star David Tennant leads the cast of this new series based on French writer Jules Verne’s classic 1873 book.

Around the World in Eighty Days follows the adventures of Phileas Fogg from London (Tennant) and his valet Passepartout (French actor Ibrahim Koma) as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager.

When will it air?

Around the World in Eighty Days will premiere on BBC One in the UK this Christmas, and on PBS in January 2022.

Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days novel is available on Amazon.

 

Audrey

 

The Ballad Of Renegade Nell

 

The Battersea Poltergeist

 

Becoming Elizabeth – Season 1

What’s it about?

Starz’s eight-part Tudor drama series depicts the struggles of Queen Elizabeth I (German actress Alicia von Rittberg) to control her own destiny and take real power as the men around her attempt to claim her sovereignty.

Becoming Elizabeth creator Anya Reiss commented: “Drama seems to skip straight from Henry VIII’s turnstile of wives to an adult white faced Gloriana – missing out boy kings, religious fanatics, secret affairs and a young orphaned teenager trying to save herself from the vicious scramble to the top.”

When will it air?

Becoming Elizabeth will premiere on Starz in the US and on StarzPlay in the UK in early 2022.

 

Brideshead Revisited

 

Bridgerton – Season 2

What’s it about?

Based on the bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, Netflix’s hit historical romance series follows eight close-knit siblings as they look for love and happiness in Regency London high society in early 1800s England.

The second season of Bridgerton will focus on the efforts of Anthony Bridgerton, played Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), to find himself a wife.

When will it air?

Season 2 is expected to premiere on Netflix in early 2022.

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels are available on Amazon.

 

Call the Midwife – Season 11

 

Carnival Row – Season 2

What’s it about?

Set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures, Amazon’s hit series is led by Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom and British model turned actress Cara Delevingne.

Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham has teased: “At the end of Season 1, all of our characters are in completely different circumstances than they started the show. And that also includes the Burge itself. The change the city goes through in the eighth and final episode is so seismic that it really sets off Season 2.”

When will it air?

Season 2 began filming in September 2019, but production was halted due to the pandemic, so we’d expect it to premiere on Amazon in early 2022.

Carnival Row is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia

What’s is about?

Netflix announced plans in 2018 to adapt all seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

The streaming service is developing new TV series and film projects based on the classic tales by British author C.S. Lewis.

When will it air?

Details are still unconfirmed, but the first of these Narnia projects is expected to premiere exclusively on Netflix later in 2021.

The BBC’s classic Narnia adaptations are available on DVD on Amazon.

 

A Column of Fire

What’s is about?

Following The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, A Column of Fire is the third book in Ken Follett’s successful Kingsbridge series.

A Column of Fire follows the 1558 romance between Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald, continuing on through half a century of political intrigue and turmoil.

When will it air?

A Column of Fire is expected to premiere on Epix in the US in 2021.

Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire novel is available on Amazon.

 

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

 

The Crown – Season 5

 

The Curse

 

Derry Girls – Season 3

 

Doctor Who

What’s it about?

The BBC’s long-running time travel drama series continues in 2022 with a series of specials for Broadchurch star Jodie Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

The second of three special sees the TARDIS travel to 19th century China for an encounter with real-life Chinese pirate leader Zheng Yi Sao.

When will it air?

‘Legend of the Sea Devils’ is set to air on BBC One and BBC America this Easter, ahead of a final feature-length special for Whitaker’s Doctor this autumn.

Season 13 is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Dodger – Season 1

What’s it about?

CBBC’s comedy-drama Dodger follows the exploits of the infamous pickpocket, The Artful Dodger, and Fagin’s gang as they find ingenious ways to survive the grim and exploitative conditions of early Victorian London in the 1830s.

The ten-part family adventure series stars Billy Jenkins (The Crown) as Dodger, and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) as Fagin.

When will it air?

Dodger will premiere in the UK on CBBC and BBC iPlayer soon.

 

1899 – Season 1

 

The Elephant Man

What’s it about?

Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton stars in BBC One’s new two-part drama from the makers of The Missing and the producer of Poldark.

The Elephant Man tells the story of Joseph Merrick, who was born in England in 1862 and appeared in a freak show as the “Elephant Man” due to his severe face and body deformities. He was later well known in London society after becoming friends with a prominent surgeon.

When will it air?

The Elephant Man will air on BBC One in the UK in 2022.

 

The English

 

The English Patient

 

Englistan

 

What’s it about?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Riz Ahmed created this nine-part multi-generational 20th century family drama for BBC Two.

Englistan will follow the story of three generations of a British Pakistani family, the Latifs, as they pursue their dreams over four tumultuous decades.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, hinted: “Set against the familiar backdrop of the late 20th but from a point of view which feels entirely new, Englistan is the story of the birth of multicultural Britain as seen from the inside.”

When will it air?

Englistan will air on BBC Two in the UK in 2022.

 

The Essex Serpent

What’s it about?

Adapated from Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel by the writer of Mrs Wilson, this Apple TV+ mini-series stars Claire Danes (Homeland) and Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager).

The Essex Serpent follows newly widowed Cora (Danes) who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.

When will it air?

The Essex Serpent will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ later this year.

Sarah Perry’s novel The Essex Serpent is available on Amazon.

 

Father Brown – Season 9

What’s is about?

Set in the Cotswolds in the 1950s and based on the stories by GK Chesterton, the BBC’s hit daytime drama series returns for a ninth season – including a very special 100th episode!

Harry Potter actor Mark Williams reprises his role as the crime-busting Roman Catholic priest, alongside regulars Sorcha Cusack, Emer Kenny, Jack Deam, and John Burton.

When will it air?

Season 9 will premiere on BBC One in the UK in early 2022.

Father Brown is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Final Round

What’s it about?

Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones is adapting The Final Round, the memoir of five-time female world boxing champion Jane Couch.

Couch carved out her trailblazing career in the 1990s, when it was still illegal for women to box in the UK. Her memoir charts her upbringing in a fishing village through to her ascent in the boxing world. At the center of the story is Couch’s legal battle with the U.K. Boxing Board of Control to recognize female boxers.

When will it air?

The series is expected to premiere in 2022.

Jane Couch’s memoir is available on Amazon.

 

Funny Girl

What’s it about?

Based on About a Boy author Nick Hornby’s 2016 novel of the same name, this comedy drama series stars Gemma Arterton (Their Finest) as a young woman from Blackpool finding her comic voice in the male dominated world of the 1960s sitcom.

The cast of Funny Girl also includes Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding), David Threlfall (Shameless), and Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express).

When will it air?

Funny Girl will premiere in the UK exclusively on Sky and streaming service Now TV in 2022.

Nick Hornby’s novel Funny Girl is available on Amazon.

 

The Gallows Pole

 

Gentleman Jack – Season 2

What’s it about?

Based on the diaries of remarkable Regency landowner Anne Lister, the BBC’s Gentleman Jack returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire for a second season of eight new episodes.

Yorkshire, 1834. All eyes are on Anne Lister and Ann Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.

When will it air?

Gentleman Jack will return in 2022 on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the USA.

Season 1 is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Gilded Age – Season 1

What’s it about?

Created by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, this long-delayed series is set in New York in 1882 and focuses on the emerging rich and the working class.

The Gilded Age follows Marian Brook, the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who embarks on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell.

While this is an American series, it has been rumoured that younger versions of popular Downton Abbey characters could appear.

When will it air?

The Gilded Age will premiere in the US on HBO and in the UK on Sky Atlantic in January.

 

The Gold

 

Grantchester – Season 7

 

Great Expectations

What’s is about?

From Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, with producers Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tom Hardy (Taboo), this new six-part drama brings to life Charles Dickens’ thirteenth novel for the BBC and FX.

Writer Steven Knight commented: “I chose Great Expectations as the next work to bring to the screen not just because of the timeless characters, but also because of the very timely story. A story of class mobility and class intransigence, told through an intensely emotional and personal first-person narrative.”

When will it air?

Great Expectations will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on FX in the US in 2022.

 

Hotel Portofino – Season 1

When will it air?

Hotel Portofino will premiere on BritBox in the UK on 27th January.

 

House of the Dragon – Season 1

 

The Ipcress File

What’s is about?

ITV’s new six-part adaption of Len Deighton’s classic espionage novel stars Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) as Harry Palmer, alongside Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager).

Set against the backdrop of Cold War Europe in Berlin and London during the 1960, The Ipcress File is a stylish and tense tale of abducted scientists, brainwashing, inter- departmental rivalry, treason, and a possibly unwise romance.

When will it air?

The Ipcress File will premiere on ITV in the UK in early 2022.

Len Deighton’s original novel is available on Amazon.

 

The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

What’s it about?

Based on Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe, this series from The Good Karma Hospital writer Dan Sefton dramatises the last six months of Marilyn Monroe’s life.

Exploring the area “where the harsh glamour of 1960s Hollywood and the hard-edged politics of Washington intersect,” The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe explores Monroe’s relationship with Hollywood studio bosses and US President John F Kennedy.

When will it air?

The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe is expected to air on BBC One in the UK in 2022.

 

The Last Kingdom – Season 5

What’s is about?

The Last Kingdom returns for a fifth and final season.

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 English author Bernard Cornwell.

When will it air?

Season 5 will premiere exclusively on Netflix in early 2022.

The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Leonardo – Season 2

 

Life After Life

What’s is about?

Based on Kate Atkinson’s acclaimed novel, this four-part mini-series stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sian Clifford (Fleabag), James McArdle (Man In An Orange Shirt), and Jessica Hynes (Up the Women).

Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) plays Ursula Todd, who is born one night in 1910, but dies before she draws her first breath. On that same night in 1910, Ursula is reborn and survives. Time and time again, living and dying in different circumstances, Ursula is reborn into a new, alternative iteration of life once more.

When will it air?

Life After Life will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK later this year.

Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life is available on Amazon.

 

Lord of the Rings series – Season 1

When will it air?

The as-yet-untitled series premieres on 2nd September on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Magpie Murders

 

 

Maigret

 

Malory Towers – Season 3

 

Marie Antoinette

 

Miss Austen

What’s is about?

Set in 19th-century Britain, Miss Austen is inspired by Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s letters.

This series from the makers of Gavin & Stacey is based on Gill Hornby’s acclaimed novel, which was hailed as one of the books of 2020 by the Financial Times and The Times.

When will it air?

Miss Austen is expected to air in 2022.

Miss Austen: A Novel is available on Amazon.

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke – Season 2

 

Nautilus

 

Nolly

What’s it about?

Russell T Davies, the acclaimed writer of It’s a Sin and A Very English Scandal, returns with this ’80s-set ITV mini-series about Crossroads legend Noele Gordon.

Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) stars as the titular ‘Nolly’ in this three-part “sharp, affectionate and heart-breaking portrait of a forgotten icon.”

When will it air?

Nolly will premiere on ITV in the UK later in 2022.

 

Outlander – Season 6

What’s it about?

The new season of Starz’s historical fantasy drama series is based on the sixth book in author Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes.’

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are back as Claire and Jamie in 8 new episodes of Outlander, fighting time, space, and history to protect their family.

When will it air?

Season 6 will premiere in March 2022 on Starz in the US and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

Outlander is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Peaky Blinders – Season 6

What’s it about?

The BBC’s hit period drama series about a crime family in Birmingham, England in the early 20th century returns for a sixth and final season.

When will it air?

Season 6 is expected to premiere in early 2022 on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix internationally.

Peaky Blinders is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Pistol

What’s it about?

Based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, Danny Boyle’s six-part biopic of English punk rock band the Sex Pistols explores “the moment that British society and culture changed forever” in the 1970s.

Pistol stars Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, and Christian Lees as Glen Matlock.

The cast also includes Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit) as manager Malcolm McLaren, Talulah Riley (Westworld) as designer Vivienne Westwood, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.

When will it air?

Pistol is set to premiere on FX later this year.

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol by Steve Jones is available on Amazon.

 

The Reckoning

 

Roads to Freedom

 

Sanditon – Season 2

 

SAS: Rogue Heroes – Season 1

What’s it about?

Created by Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight, this action-packed six-part BBC series tells how the world’s most renowned and ruthless Special Forces unit, the SAS, came to exist.

SAS: Rogue Heroes is set during darkest days of World War Two and is based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book Rogue Heroes.

The cast includes Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Jack O’Connell (Skins), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde), and Dominic West (The Hour).

When will it air?

SAS: Rogue Heroes will air in 2022 on BBC One in the UK.

Ben Macintyre’s book Rogue Heroes is available on Amazon.

 

The Sister Boniface Mysteries – Season 1

What’s it about?

Based on the character of Sister Boniface from Father Brown, this spin-off series stars Lorna Watson (Watson & Oliver), reprising her role as the sleuthing nun in ten new light-hearted murder mysteries.

Created by Father Brown writer Jude Tindall and set in 1960s England, The Sister Boniface Mysteries sees Sister Boniface using advanced techniques for tracking down killers.

When will it air?

The Sister Boniface Mysteries will be available to watch exclusively on BritBox in the US in 2022.

Father Brown is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

The Serpent Queen

 

A Spy Among Friends

What’s is about?

Based on Ben Macintyre’s book, Cold War espionage thriller A Spy Among Friends stars British actors Damian Lewis (The Forsyte Saga) and Guy Pearce (Memento).

The six-part mini-series from the executive producer of Homeland tells “one of the greatest spy stories ever.”

When will it air?

The series is expected to premiere in autumn 2022 on BritBox.

Ben Macintyre’s book A Spy Among Friends is available on Amazon.

 

Taboo – Season 2

What’s it about?

Created by actor Tom Hardy and Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight, Taboo launched way back in January 2017 and a second season could finally be on the way this year.

Set in 1814, the first season followed James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), believed to be long dead, who returned home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.

Eight new episodes of the dark period drama will see our anti-hero “continue to explore many realities as he takes his band of misfits to a new world.”

When will it air?

Season 2 will hopefully air in 2022 on BBC One in the UK and on FX in the USA.

The first season of Taboo is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Three Little Birds

What’s it about?

Written by Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch, The Long Song), this life affirming six-part drama is inspired by his mother’s stories about leaving Jamaica in the 1950’s for Great Britain, which became her lifelong home and where she raised her family.

Three Little Birds narrates the adventures of gregarious sisters Leah and Chantrelle, who hail from St Anne’s district in Jamaica, and their virtuous, bible-loving acquaintance, Hosanna as they board a cruise ship heading for a new life in Great Britain.

When will it air?

Three Little Birds will premiere on ITV in the UK in 2022.

 

A Town Called Malice

 

Tom Jones

 

Victoria – Season 4

What’s it about?

A fourth season of ITV’s historical drama series about the life of Queen Victoria hasn’t been officially confirmed, but it is apparently in development, even if there might be a bit of a wait.

Victoria creator Daisy Goodwin has teased ominously that it’ll be “an absolute humdinger, because… well, you can go to Wikipedia to find out!”

When will it air?

Season 4 may air in late 2022 on ITV in the UK and on PBS in the US.

The first three seasons of Victoria are available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Vikings: Valhalla – Season 1

What’s is about?

Netflix’s Vikings follow-up series is set a hundred years after the original show and features “the most famous Vikings known to history.”

Iconic historical figures in Vikings: Valhalla will include Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdotter, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.

The cast features Leo Suter (Sanditon), Sam Corlett (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Frida Gustavsson (Swoon), and Bradley Freegard (Keeping Faith).

When will it air?

Vikings: Valhalla will premiere exclusively on Netflix in February 2022.

Vikings is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

The War Rooms

 

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

 

The Winter King

What’s is about?

This new TV series from the makers of His Dark Materials adapts the first of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles novels, set in Britain during the time of King Arthur.

The Winter King sees Derfel Cadarn, a former warrior sworn to Arthur and now an elderly monk, tell the story of how Arthur became warlord of Dark Age Britain despite illegitimacy to the throne.

When will it air?

The Winter King will premiere on Epix in the US in 2022.

Bernard Cornwell’s The Warlord Chronicles novels are available on Amazon.

 

The Witchfinder – Season 1

What’s it about?

Created by Alan Partridge writers Neil and Rob Gibbons, The Witchfinder stars Daisy May Cooper (The Personal History of David Copperfield) and Tim Key (Alan Partridge).

BBC Two’s new six-part comedy series follows a witchfinder and his suspect on a road-free road trip through an England gripped by civil war, famine and plague in the 1647.

When will it air?

The Witchfinder will air on BBC Two in the UK in 2022.

 

World on Fire – Season 2

What’s it about?

BBC One’s epic international period drama series set in World War II was renewed for another season back in 2019, but the pandemic has resulted in significant filming delays.

The second season of World on Fire is set to span the years 1940 to 1941, and all the main cast are expected to return, including Oscar-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Sharpe star Sean Bean, and Lesley Manville (Mum).

When will it air?

Season 2 will air hopefully in late 2022.

World on Fire is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

The Yorkshire Ripper

What’s it about?

From the makers of Des and White House Farm, ITV’s six-part true crime drama depicts one of the most notorious and shocking serial killer cases in the world.

The Yorkshire Ripper follows the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe between October 1975 and January 1981, as police undertake the biggest manhunt in British criminal history.

When will it air?

The Yorkshire Ripper is expected to air on ITV in 2022.

 

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