22 returning British period drama TV series coming back in 2022

2022 is lining up to be another incredible year for fans of British period dramas on television.

Here, in alphabetical order, are all the returning British historical and period drama series coming our way this year!

You can read our massive previews of this year’s British period drama movies and new British period drama TV mini-series too.

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All Creatures Great and Small – Season 3

What’s it about?

Based on author James Herriot’s much-loved collection of stories, Channel 5’s hit revival of All Creatures Great and Small follows the heartwarming and humorous adventures of a young country vet in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1930s.

Two more seasons were announced earlier this year, with star Rachel Shenton hinting that Season 3 is “a completely new chapter” for James and Helen.

When will it air?

Season 3 is expected to premiere in the UK this autumn on Channel 5, ahead of its US broadcast on PBS in early 2023.

All Creatures Great and Small is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

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 focuses on the efforts of Anthony Bridgerton, played Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), to find himself a wife.

What did the reviews say?

“Ravishing love story eventually finds its stride in swoonworthy return on Netflix.” ★★★★ – Metro

Bridgerton doesn’t disappoint with its highly-anticipated second season thanks to Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey’s electrifying chemistry.” ★★★★ – Radio Times

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels are available on Amazon.

 

Call the Midwife – Season 11

What’s it about?

Having celebrated a decade on air last year, the BBC’s long-running period drama series about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London continues with its eleventh season.

Season 11 opens during Easter 1967, with celebrations underway for an exciting Easter bonnet parade outside Nonnatus House, while Lucille and Cyril are enjoying married life.

What did the reviews say?

“Most dramas flag after a few series, but Call the Midwife is better than ever in its eleventh year. Very impressive.” – Daily Star

“Heidi Thomas’s well-judged script finds hope amongst the wreckage and light in the darkness as another triumphant series comes to a close.” – The Daily Telegraph

Season 10 is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

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 Crown – Season 5

What’s it about?

Netflix’s award-winning period drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom once again introduces an entirely new cast with its fifth season.

Taking over from Olivia Colman as the Queen is Imelda Staunton (Cranford), joined by Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) as Prince Phillip, Lesley Manville (World on Fire) as Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) as Princess Diana, Dominic West (The Pursuit of Loveas Prince Charles, and Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major.

When’s it on?

Season 5 premiere exclusively on Netflix this November.

The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Derry Girls – Season 3

What’s it about?

Set in Derry, Northern Ireland in the mid-1990s, Channel 4’s hit comedy series follows a group of four best friends, along with hapless English cousin James, as they navigate their teenage years in a Catholic girls’ secondary school during the end of the Troubles.

The third and final season of Derry Girls sees that “while Northern Ireland is growing up, this gang of eejits certainly aren’t anytime soon.”

What did the reviews say?

“Everything that made the past two seasons of Lisa McGee’s comedy series magic is back.” ★★★★★ – Radio Times

“A fitting, side-splitting farewell … the funniest, sharpest sitcom on TV is bowing out on a high.” ★★★★★ – NME

 

Doctor Who

What’s it about?

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

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

What did the reviews say?

“A moody and oddly melancholic episode wrapped in the trappings of a grand pirate adventure it doesn’t quite have the capacity to live up to.” – Den of Geek

“All aboard, me hearties: the Doctor is back, with pirates … this special episode is an Easter treat.” ★★★ – Evening Standard

Season 13 is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

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.

What did the reviews say?

“The BBC’s highest-rating daytime drama returns with its winning formula – bucolic village life plus homicidal naughtiness – firmly intact.” ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

Father Brown is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

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.

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.

What did the reviews say?

“Suranne Jones returns in style in this rip-roaring romp … Love in peril, beautiful vistas, a witty script, and the Olympic speed-walking of Jones as ‘Britain’s first modern lesbian’ – Jack’s back!” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

“One of the greatest British period dramas of our time … Suranne Jones is an alchemical force of nature in the gleeful, radical return of this rollicking, romantic and exquisitely scripted show.” ★★★★★ – The Guardian

Season 1 is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Grantchester – Season 7

What’s it about?

Tom Brittney (Outlander) and Robson Green (Soldier Soldier) are back as Will Davenport and DI Geordie Keating in six brand new episodes of ITV’s popular 1950s crime drama series.

As the Reverend Will Davenport unites happy couples in holy matrimony, Detective Inspective Geordie Keating is busy as ever investigating a range of local murder cases.

What did the reviews say?

“For its seventh series, Grantchester took us back to the sweltering summer of 1959, but as ever in this Cambridgeshire village, nothing was hotter than Reverend Will Davenport.” – iNews

Grantchester is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Larkins – Season 2

What’s it about?

Bradley Walsh (Doctor WhoLaw & Order: UK) and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal) return in six new episodes of ITV’s popular comedy-drama series set in 1950s Kent.

Based on the novels by H.E. Bates, which were previously adapted in the classic Darling Buds of May series, the second season of The Larkins sees the Jerebohm family at war with the Larkins following their arrival in the village.

When will it air?

Season 2 is expected to premiere on ITV in the UK and on Acorn TV in the US this autumn.

The Larkins is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

 

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.

What did the reviews say?

“Danes-and-Saxons saga hurtles towards an epic climax.” ★★★★★ – The Arts Desk

“The culmination of this epic journey will provide long-time fans more than enough to be satisfied with.” – Flick Fan Nation

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

 

Leonardo – Season 2

What’s it about?

From Sherlock writer Steve Thompson and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz, this historical drama series stars Aidan Turner (Poldark) as Italian inventor, scientist, and artist Leonardo da Vinci.

The show’s producer has hinted that fans will see Leonardo during his time in Rome in Season 2, encountering other talents of the day such as Raphael and Michelangelo.

When’s it on?

Season 2 is expected to premiere in the UK on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

 

Malory Towers – Season 3

What’s it about?

Based on the classic novels by English author Enid BlytonMalory Towers follows the adventures of Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all girls’ boarding school.

Set in post-war Britain on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast, the children’s series returns with another 13 episodes to explores a nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, a mystery ghost and lasting friendships.

When will it air?

Season 3 will premiere later this year on CBBC in the UK and on the Family Channel in Canada.

Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers books are available on Amazon.

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke – Season 2

What’s it about?

Miss Scarlet and The Duke stars Kate Phillips (Wolf HallThe Crown) as Eliza Scarlet, the fictional first ever female detective in 1800s London.

The second season sees Eliza continue to grow her private detective firm with the somewhat reluctant help of her friend (or more-than-friend?) police detective William “The Duke” Wellington, played by Stuart Martin (Jamestown).

When’s it air?

Season 2 will premiere in the US on PBS this October and in the UK on Alibi.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

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.

What did the reviews say?

“It had everything – action, drama, romance, sex, and even a little time travel discussion.” – Daily Record

Outlander season 6 has finally reached its pretty dramatic denouement, plunging fans back into another Droughtlander (again) – but it was a bit of rickety eight-episode ride to get there.” – Metro

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 final season.

Season 6 opens with Tommy embarking on a trip to North America, where the end of Prohibition presents some new opportunities. However, danger looms in the form of an old enemy who is finally making his move.

What did the reviews say?

“The gangster saga bows out in a blaze of glory, giving all our fan favourites their moment in the sun … and leaving plenty of feuds for the future.” – The Guardian

“Peaky Blinders says goodbye without really saying goodbye in a minor-key finale that turns explosive, with a thrilling twist.” – Den of Geek

Peaky Blinders is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

Sanditon – Season 2

What’s it about?

Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, Sanditon has been revived by PBS and BritBox despite its cancellation in 2020.

Season 2 picks up with heroine Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) returning to the picturesque coastal resort, as the town is growing in popularity.

What did the reviews say?

“The canceled PBS series got a second life thanks to Bridgerton fans hungry for more Regency-era romance. Season two doesn’t disappoint.” – Glamour

“Further, Season 2 continues with Season 1’s weakness of uneven writing that is simply ludicrous sometimes, but the show—clearly needing to regroup after the loss of James’ Sidney—finds stronger footing as it progresses.” – Paste Magazine

Sanditon is available on DVD 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.

 

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?

If greenlit, 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.

 

Vienna Blood – Season 3

What’s it about?

Adapted from Frank Tallis’s best-selling Liebermann novels by Sherlock writer Steve Thompson, the BBC’s hit period crime drama returns for a third season.

Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game) and Austrian actor Juergen Maurer will both reprise their roles as brilliant young English doctor Max Liebermann and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt.

When will it air?

Season 3 is expected to air in the UK later this year on BBC Two, then in the US in early 2023 on PBS.

Vienna Blood is available on DVD on Amazon.

 

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.

 

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