42 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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Archie

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.

 

Audrey

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.

 

Bodies

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 will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2023.

 

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.

When will it air?

Changing Ends begins filming in early 2023 and will air on ITV in the UK later in the year.

 

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.

 

Englistan

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.

 

Fash

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 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 2023.

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.

When will it air?

The Gallows Pole will premiere in the UK on BBC One in 2023.

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 BBC ’80s-set heist series 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).

When will it air?

The Gold will premiere in 2023 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and on Paramount+ in the US and all international markets where the service is available.

 

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

When will it air?

Great Expectations will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on FX in the US in 2023.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Nautilus

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.

 

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 ITVX in the UK in early 2023.

 

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.

When will it air?

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2023.

 

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.

When will it air?

Steeltown Murders will premiere in the UK on BBC One and streaming on BBC iPlayer in 2023.

 

Stonehouse

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.

When will it air?

Stonehouse will premiere in the UK on ITV in January, then on BritBox in the US and internationally.

 

Ten Pound Poms

What’s it about?

Shameless writer Danny Brocklehurst’s 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 will be led by Our Girl star Michelle Keegan, alongside Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones) and Warren Brown (Luther).

When will it air?

Ten Pound Poms will air in 2023 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and as a Stan Original Series in Australia.

 

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.

When will it air?

Tom Jones will premiere in 2023 on ITV in the UK, and on PBS in the US.

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.

When will it air?

A Town Called Malice will premiere in the UK on Sky Max and NOW TV in early 2023.

 

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.

When will it air?

The Winter King will premiere on ITV in the UK and on EPIX in the US in 2023.

Bernard Cornwell’s The Warlord Chronicles novels are available 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 2023.

 

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