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Seven historical dramas to watch once you’ve finished Bridgerton

AAfter the success of the torrid first season, that’s no surprise Bridgeton Fans are racing through the second series.

The Shondaland show, which is an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s series of novels, follows various Regency-era London families during courtship.

The first season, which follows Daphne Bridgerton’s romance with the brooding Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, kicked off to great acclaim on Christmas Day 2020. It was then quickly renewed for a second season, which was released on March 25 this year.

“We plan to Bridgeton we’re still a long way off from doing business,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s vice president of global TV, in a statement.

With another prequel in the works – starring newcomers India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest as young Queen Charlotte and King George respectively – we’re currently being spoiled Bridgeton Contents.

However, if you can’t wait until 2023 (at least!) for new content, there’s plenty of drama to enjoy both on Netflix and elsewhere that will fill that up Bridgeton-shaped hole in your heart in the meantime.

The great (StarzPlay, Sky)

Described himself as “an occasional true story” and “an almost entirely untrue story”, The great is a story-driven dramedy directed by Tony McNamara (The favorite, Cruella).

With Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as Peter III. from Russia, The great documents Catherine’s rise from outsider to longest-reigning female ruler in Russian history. linking court politics, sexual politics and national politics, The great is a dramatic and hilarious ride set in the 18th century.

The Duchess (netflix)

Kiera Knightley’s period drama The Duchess

With Keira Knightley alongside Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess is a moving portrait of an unhappy marriage, complete with fling, lavish parties and huge wigs.

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Based on Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire The Duchess follows the marriage of the spirited Georgiana to William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire.

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With six seasons released, a seventh in the works, and a prequel recently announcedTV series stranger is perfect if you’re looking to settle down with a new show.

The award-winning film is set in 18th-century Scotland stranger doesn’t take historical accuracy too seriously, instead combining supernatural elements (time travel) with dramatized historical events like the Jacobite Rising.

With Golden Globe-nominated actress Caitríona Balfe, stranger is also famous for its sex scenes and is therefore the perfect sequel Bridgeton.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Prime video)

Taking the “alternative history” a little further than the typical historical drama, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is Regency with a horror twist. Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, which (you guessed it) parodies the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies re-imagines the Bennet sisters in zombie-infested 19th-century England.

Lily James, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, Lena Headey and Matt Smith all appear to create a star-studded, suspenseful and funny film.

whores (Starz Play)

If Eloise’s trips to Bloomsbury and the growing interest in women’s rights interest you Bridgeton Season two, be sure to keep going whores.

With a grittier, grittier look at Georgian London, whores – based on the non-fiction book by Hallie’s Rubenhold, The Ladies of Covent Garden – follows Margaret Wells and other self-made women running London’s brothels.

With religious crusaders looking to shut down brothels and police raids threatening the Wells establishment, whores shows the other side of Georgian London, where a good marriage is not the only way for women to earn a living.

Emma (netflix)

If you’re looking for Regency romance, Jane Austen adaptations are a safe bet and 2020s Emma is no different. Emma’s wit and intellect as a matchmaker are reflected in this lively adaptation Bridgeton‘s leading women. The Queen’s Gambit Star Anya Taylor-Joy plays the title character: a wealthy young woman with more interest in the love life of others than her own, alongside Johnny Flynn as Mr Knightley.

mr jack (BBC iPlayer)

If you are one of many Bridgeton Fans urging Netflix to introduce LGBTQ+ storylines into next season, mr jack could satisfy you in the meantime.

Also based in Regency England but transporting us north, mr jack Set in Yorkshire in 1832, it follows Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) – the “first modern lesbian” in history.

As she restores the estate she inherited from her late uncle, Lister meets the Halifax locals and embarks on a risky affair with local heiress Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle). After his debut in 2019, mr jack returns to BBC 1 for Season 2 on April 10.

Bridgeton Seasons one and two are available to stream now on Netflix.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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