44 brand new British period drama TV series to watch in 2023

2023 looks set to be another thrilling year for British period drama fans.

Here, in alphabetical order, we’ve listed all the new British historical and period drama mini-series coming to our screens over the coming year!

You can read our epic previews of 2023’s new British period drama movies and returning British period drama TV series too.

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What’s it about?

Archie tells the story of Hollywood’s greatest leading man, Cary Grant, who starred in classic movies like NotoriousNorth By Northwest, and To Catch a Thief.

BritBox and ITV’s four-part mini-series comes from writer Jeff Pope (Mrs BiggsPhilomena, Stan & Ollie) and stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) as Archie Leach, aka Cary Grant.

When will it air?

Archie will premiere in 2023 on new streaming service ITVX in the UK, and on BritBox in the US.

Cary Grant: The Collection is available on DVD on Amazon.


The Artful Dodger

What’s it about?

Set in Australia in the 1850s, The Artful Dodger explores the adult double life of Charles Dickens’ famous prince of thieves, now a surgeon who can’t shake his predilection for crime.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually) leads the Disney+ series’ cast, alongside Harry Potter star David Thewlis as Fagin.

When will it air?

The Artful Dodger is expected to premiere exclusively on Disney+ towards end end of 2023.

Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist is available on Amazon.



What’s it about?

This new TV drama about the early years of Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn is written by American screenwriter Jacqueline Hoyt (The Underground Railroad), and comes from the makers of The Young Pope.

Born in Brussels in 1929, Audrey Hepburn spent her childhood in Belgium, England, and the Netherlands, before beginning her acting career in London’s West End.

When will it air?

Audrey will hopefully premiere in 2023.

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection is available on DVD on Amazon.


The Ballad Of Renegade Nell

What’s it about?

Gentleman Jack and Last Tango in Halifax writer Sally Wainwright has created this new Disney+ period drama series.

Set in the 18th century, The Ballad of Renegade Nell follows swashbuckling highwaywoman Nell Jackson, who begins a life of robbery when she’s framed for murder.

Wainwright teased: “Nell’s a ball of irreverent, blustering energy, fighting against the privileged gatekeepers of English society in 1705, battling to contain mysterious forces within her and her enemies as she goes on the run with her two sisters.”

When will it air?

The Ballad Of Renegade Neil will premiere exclusively on Disney+ around the world in 2023.


The Battersea Poltergeist

What’s it about?

This television drama is based on the BBC’s Battersea Poltergeist podcast, which tells the true story of one of Britain’s strangest hauntings.

63 Wycliffe Road is an ordinary house on a quiet South London street, but in 1956 it becomes famous as the site of an alleged poltergeist. The strange events focus around teenager Shirley Hitchings – but is it a haunting or hoax?

When will it air?

The Battersea Poltergeist will premiere on Peacock in 2023.

The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist book is available on Amazon.



What’s it about?

A crime procedural with a twist, Bodies is based on Si Spencer’s mind-bending 2015 graphic novel.

Netflix’s eight-part drama follows four detectives in four different eras of London as they find themselves investigating the murder of the same victim, uncovering a conspiracy spanning 150 years.

Leading the cast as the four detectives are Kyle Soller (Poldark), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), Shira Haas (Unorthodox), and Amaka Okafor (The Responder).

When will it air?

Bodies premieres exclusively on Netflix in October.


Brideshead Revisited

What’s it about?

The BBC and HBO are developing a new version of Brideshead Revisited, based on Evelyn Waugh’s classic 1945 novel.

Set in the 1920s through to the early 1940s, Brideshead Revisited tells the story of Charles Ryder and his friendship with the Flytes, an aristocratic family of English Catholics who live in a palatial mansion called Brideshead Castle.

This mini-series comes from the makers of Parade’s End and Poldark, with Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) writing and directing.

When will it air?

The new Brideshead Revisited is expected to premiere on BBC One in the UK and on HBO in the US in 2023.

The original Brideshead Revisited series is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.


Changing Ends

What’s it about?

Changing Ends is based on the English comedian Alan Carr’s childhood in Northampton in the 1980s.

Told “with warmth and wit,” ITV’s six-part nostalgic comedy series from the makers of Gavin & Stacey stars Belfast actor Oliver Savell as the young Alan.

What did the reviews say?

“A laugh-out-loud autobiographical comedy with a lot of heart … The ’80s-set series is a delightful exploration of Alan Carr’s teenage years that’s both moving and hilarious.” ★★★★ – Radio Times

“Alan Carr’s new autobiographical sitcom, Changing Ends, is that most joyous of things: a smart, inventive, honest and charming coming-of-age story. It’s also, in the case of Carr, the making of a national treasure.” ★★★★★ – The Independent


The Christie Affair

What’s it about?

Based on Nina de Gramont’s novel The Christie Affair, this series starring Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) dramatises the real-life 11-daay disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926.

The Christie Affair is described as “part sweeping love story, part exploration of the bonds of womanhood, and part murder mystery to rival one of Christie’s own, now very famous stories.”

When will it air?

The Christie Affair is expected to air in 2023.

Nina de Gramont’s novel The Christie Affair is available on Amazon.


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 in 2023.

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 2023.

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


Dick Turpin

What’s it about?

Noel Fielding (The Great British Bake Off, The IT Crowd) stars as legendary British highwayman Dick Turpin in this new AppleTV+ comedy-adventure series.

In this irreverent retelling, Dick is the most famous, but least likely of highway robbers, whose success is defined mostly by his charm, showmanship and great hair.

When will it air?

The currently-untitled Dick Turpin series will premiere exclusively on Apple TV+ later this year.


The Doll Factory

What’s it about?

Based on Elizabeth Macneal’s historical fiction novel, the six-part series comes from the makers of Marcella and the producer of Magpie Murders.

Set in London, 1850, The Doll Factory tells the story of Iris, who paints dolls for a living alongside her twin sister, Rose.

When will it air?

The Doll Factory will premiere in the UK exclusively on Paramount+ in 2023.

 Elizabeth Macneal’s novel The Doll Factory is available on Amazon.


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?

It’s unclear The Elephant Man is still happening, but it could air on BBC One in the UK in 2023.


The English Patient

What’s it about?

Emily Ballou (Taboo, Scott & Bailey) is writing this new adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel for the BBC.

Set during the North African/Italian Campaigns of World War II, The English Patient was published in 1992 and previously adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1996.

When will it air?

The English Patient will hopefully premiere on BBC One in the UK in 2023.

The 1996 movie is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.



What’s it about?

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

Englistan follows 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?

Still in development, Englistan could air in 2023 on BBC Two in the UK.



What’s it about?

ITV’s drama series Fash tells the story of footballers Justin and John Fashanu, and comes from the executive producers of A Very English Scandal.

When will it air?

Fash will premiere in the UK on ITV1 and streaming on ITVX in 2023.


Funny Woman – Season 1

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

What did the reviews say?

“Gemma Arterton stars in a paean to a certain era of innocent, slapstick comedy … This show feels like a warm hug, and Arterton plays Nick Hornby’s heroine with a breezy ease and natural wit.” ★★★ – The Independent

“Gemma Arterton is absolutely captivating in this Nick Hornby adaptation … The actor exudes star power in this take on the popular novel. It blossoms into a colourful romp through the swinging 60s that is very much TV as comfort food.” ★★★ – The Guardian

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


The Gallows Pole

What’s it about?

Acclaimed filmmaker Shane Meadows (This is England) directs his first ever period drama with this adaptation of Benjamin Myers’ novel The Gallows Pole for the BBC.

Starring Michael Socha (This Is England), Tom Burke (The Muskeeers), George MacKay (1917), and Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey), the six-part TV series tells the remarkable true story of the rise and fall of the Cragg Vale Coiners in the 1760s.

What did the reviews say?

“The roughcast look, feel, performances … wit and earthy intelligence combine to make this a drama of rare quality in every sense. It is funny, moving, enraging, shocking by turns and always compelling. Not to be missed.” ★★★★★ – The Guardian

“With a script that’s frank, daft and laugh-out-loud funny … this is less of a committed retelling of the gripping tale and more of a three-hour galavant through Meadow’s zany imagination.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

Benjamin Myers’ novel The Gallows Pole is available on Amazon.


A Gentleman in Moscow

What’s it about?

The writer of All Creatures Great and Small has adapted Amor Towles’ hit 2016 book A Gentleman in Moscow for television.

Ewan McGregor leads the cast as Count Alexander Rostov who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history.

When will it air?

The series is expected to premiere in 2023 on Showtime in the US, and on Paramount+ in the UK and internationally.

Amor Towles’ novel A Gentleman in Moscow is available on Amazon.


The Gold

What’s it about?

Inspired by the true story of the Brink’s-Mat robbery, this ’80s-set heist series from BBC One and Paramount+ dramatises the ‘crime of the century’ and the decades-long chain of events that followed.

The Gold stars Hugh Bonneville and Tom Cullen from Downton Abbey, alongside Charlotte Spencer (Sanditon), Jack Lowden (War and Peace), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!), and Emun Elliott (The Paradise).

What did the reviews say?

The Gold is a real audience-pleaser, a classic, classy British crime drama with a big and brilliant cast.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

“BBC One’s The Gold is outstandingly enjoyable TV.” – The New Statesman


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.

The cast of Great Expectations includes Olivia Colman (The Crown) and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), alongside Ashley Thomas (The Ipcress File), Johnny Harris (Medici), and Shalom Brune-Franklin (The Tourist).d

What did the reviews say?

“FX’s sinister Great Expectations adaptation makes Charles Dickens feel new again … Steven Knight’s dark and haunting approach serves the oft-interpreted story well.” – Prime Timer

Great Expectations has an electric Olivia Colman, but not enough else … In all, Dickens devotees will find things to admire in this series, but it may prove tough going for general viewers.” – Variety



What’s it about?

Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) stars as Joan Hannington in this six-part ITV drama inspired by the UK’s most notorious jewel thief.

Set in the fun, brash, aspirational world of 1980s London, Joan comes from the writer of Mrs Wilson.

When will it air?

Joan will premiere on ITVX in the UK later this year, then on ITV1 at a later date.


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?

We’re not sure if this is going ahead, but it’s possible The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe may air on BBC One in the UK in 2023.


The Long Shadow

What’s it about?

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

The Long Shadow 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 Long Shadow will air on ITV1 in September.


Mary & George

What’s it about?

Based on Benjamin Woolley’s non-fiction book The King’s Assassin, this new historical drama sees Julianne Moore (The Hours) bring to life the extraordinary true story of Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham.

Born in 1570, Villiers moulded her beautiful son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful royal favourite. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled, and influential mother and son England had ever seen.

When will it air?

Mary & George will premiere towards the end of 2023 on AMC in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India, while in the UK and Ireland, it’ll air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW.


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 four-part adaptation 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 will premiere on PBS in the US in 2023.

Miss Austen: A Novel is available on Amazon.


Mrs. Churchill

What’s it about?

This new five-part drama series exploring the public and private life of Clementine Churchill, wife of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, comes from the executive producer of World on Fire and Grantchester.

Mrs Churchill tells the untold story of a fiercely independent and very modern heroine who risked everything to save her country and the world from fascism–and her husband from himself.

When will it air?

Mrs Churchill is expected to premiere on PBS in 2023.



What’s it about?

This new 19th century adventure series on Disney+ stars Shazad Latif (Spooks, Star Trek: Discovery) as Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, French author Jules Verne’s classic science fiction adventure story.

Described by executive producer Joanna Devereaux as “breathtaking, action-packed and a huge amount of fun,” Nautilus tells the origin story of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine, the Nautilus.

When will it air?

Nautilus will premiere exclusively on Disney+ in 2023.

Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is available on Amazon.



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.”

What did the reviews say?

“Fabulous, glamorous, joyous fun that makes Noele Gordon a star once more … Helena Bonham Carter and Russell T Davies combine to turn the Crossroads star’s downfall into a rollicking good time and a fitting tribute.” ★★★★★ – The Telegraph

“Helena Bonham Carter is on sensational form in this overly sentimental love letter to a soap queen.” ★★★ – The Independent


Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

What’s it about?

This limited series is a prequel to Netflix’s hit period drama Bridgerton, which also returns for a third season in 2023.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.

What did the reviews say?

“A ravishing, romp-packed prequel … The series is a rare exception to the rule of prequels (generally substantially worse than the originals and undermining all previous endeavours) and will hopefully set many of its younger stars on the road to success.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

Queen Charlotte is the best Bridgerton yet.” – Variety


The Reckoning

What’s it about?

From the award winning team behind acclaimed Shannon Matthews drama The Moorside and Fred West drama Appropriate Adult, this mini-series traces the life of Jimmy Savile, a man who rose from working-class origins to become one of the biggest stars of British television, but in death has become one of the most reviled figures of modern history following revelations of extensive and horrific abuse.

Steve Coogan, best known for his dramatic roles in Philomena and Stan & Ollie, leads the cast of The Reckoning as Jimmy Savile.

When will it air?

The Reckoning will air in 2023 on BBC One in the UK.


Roads to Freedom

What’s it about?

SAS Rogue Heroes writer Steven Knight has adapted Sir Antony Beevor’s books in this World War II series, dramatising the conflict from several international perspectives.

Ridley Scott (Gladiator) is directing the first episode.

When will it air?

Roads to Freedom still in development, but may air later in 2023.


Shuggie Bain

What’s it about?

Scottish-American author Douglas Stuart has adapted his Booker Prize-winning debut novel for the BBC.

Described as “a heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love,” Shuggie Bain is inspired by Douglas Stuart’s own childhood and mother-son relationship in Thatcher-era working class Glasgow in the 1980s.

When will it air?

Shuggie Bain will premiere in 2023 on BBC One.

Douglas Stuart’s novel Shuggie Bain is available on Amazon.


Steeltown Murders

What’s it about?

From the makers of The Pembrokeshire Murders, this true crime drama starring Philip Glenister (Life On Mars) is set in both the 1970s and early 2000s.

Steeltown Murders focuses on the hunt to catch the killer of three young women in the Port Talbot area, and the remarkable story of how – in the first case of its kind – the mystery was solved almost thirty years later using pioneering DNA evidence.

What did the reviews say?

” Philip Glenister shines as a copper hell-bent on finding the truth.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

“It takes its time but never flags or becomes ponderous (thanks to Marc Evans’ directorial talents, as well as the dense script), and it takes its responsibilities to the living and to the dead seriously.” ★★★★ – The Guardian



What’s is about?

Married Spooks star Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes are reuniting in a new three-part drama for ITV and BritBox from the writer of  A Very English Scandal.

Stonehouse tells the story of how disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse disappeared from the beach of a luxury hotel in Florida in November 1974, leaving behind only a neatly folded stack of clothes as he swam off into the sea, intending to fake his own death.

What did the reviews say?

“Matthew Macfadyen is brilliantly ridiculous in this comic masterclass … ITV’s new political drama refuses to take its story too seriously.” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

“Keeley Hawes is the comedic foil to Macfadyen’s loveable rogue in this surprisingly funny ITV series…” – Den of Geek


Ten Pound Poms

What’s it about?

Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst’s new six-part drama follows a group of Brits as they leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 to embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world.

Ten Pound Poms is led by Our Girl star Michelle Keegan, alongside Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones) and Warren Brown (Luther).

What did the reviews say?

“It’s a solidly enjoyable Sunday night drama, albeit one that feels slightly lacking. It doesn’t have the emotional pull of something like Call the Midwife, and it can feel underwritten in places… Still, it’s an interesting period of history.” ★★★★ – The Telegraph

“This is not quite the Sunday night period drama that you might expect… It has a bit more bite than that.” ★★★ – The Guardian


This Town

What’s it about?

Set in the early 1980s, This Town tells the story of an extended family and four young people who are drawn into the world of ska and two-tone music, which exploded from the grass roots of Coventry and Birmingham.

Leading the cast of Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s new BBC drama are Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella),  Geraldine James (Anne with an E), and David Dawson (My Policeman).

When will it air?

This Town will premiere in the UK on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023.


A Thousand Blows

What’s it about?

Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight and actor Steven Graham are reunited in this 12-part period drama for Disney+ and Hulu.

Set against the backdrop of Victorian London’s illegal boxing scene, A Thousand Blows tells the story of two best friends newly arrived from Jamaica who encounter a dangerous veteran boxer.

When will it air?

A Thousand Blows will premiere on Disney+ globally, Star+ in Latin America, and Hulu in the US.


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 BritBox and ITV in the UK in 2023.


Tom Jones

What’s it about?

Based on Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel, ITV’s new four-part period drama comes from the makers of Victoria and Poldark.

Adapted by Vanity Fair screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes, Tom Jones stars Solly McLeod (The Rising) as our hero Tom, alongside Sophie Wilde (You Don’t Know Me) as heroine Sophia Western.

What did the reviews say?

“…a phenomenal cast has been put together for this series and they are, as you’d expect, a delight.” ★★★ – Radio Times

“…this version of Tom Jones boils Fielding’s extensive novel down to the romance between Tom and Sophia, and that’s just fine with us. It’s such a sprawling story, albeit one with a light comedic tone, that putting the focus on the unlikely couple makes it into something contemporary.” – Decider

Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones novel is available on Amazon.


A Town Called Malice

What’s it about?

Set in the early ’80s, A Town Called Malice is a raucous crime thriller and family saga set on the Costa Del Sol, starring Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Jack Rowan (Born to Kill), and Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives).

Sky’s eight-part series follows the Lords, a crime family of petty thieves from South London who have fallen to the bottom of the criminal food chain – and they’re not happy about it.

What did the reviews say?

A Town Called Malice doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s a blast of Eighties-flavoured fun that explores a fascinating and rather overlooked part of British criminal history. Sign us up for a one-way ticket to the Costa del Crime; it looks like a hoot.” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

“Tou don’t get more 1980s than this bloody crime drama … Zippy, brash and so 80s it’s exhausting, this murder-packed gangland show is sheer mindless entertainment.” ★★★ – The Guardian


The War Rooms

What’s it about?

Victoria star Jenna Coleman leads the cast of this new Second World War drama, playing Joan Bright, the woman who ran Winston Churchill’s secret Whitehall bunker.

Based on Joan Bright’s memoir, The Inner Circle: A View of War at the Top, the series has been written by David Chidlow (Moving On).

When will it air?

The War Rooms is expected to premiere in 2023.


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.

What did the reviews say?

“It’s gory, talky, and drenched in political and religious intrigue, which makes it a worthy cousin to Game of Thrones.” – IGN

“The new series is not without charms, chief among them a solid core cast. But a rocky start is bound to lose some potential fans before they get to them.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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


Take a look back at our list of 2022’s best new British period drama TV series here!