This Week in Period Dramas – The Christmas Edition 17th December 2017

December 17, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, as a combination of holidays, big period dramas and the instant arrival of an entire season of The Crown (thanks, Netflix) has kept me busy. So let’s jump right back in, as the season of giving has left quite a bit of period drama-shaped previews in the last few weeks. Even better, UK fans can look forward to adaptations of Little Women and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist gracing our screens over Christmas, along with specials of Victoria and Call The Midwife! We’ve got the essential air dates below.

Little Women gets its first trailer

This is the big feature of the BBC Christmas schedule, taking on a beloved story with a promising cast. Call the Midwife‘s Heidi Thomas is the writer of this adaptation, and it stars Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury and a host of young actors led by Maya Hawke as Jo March. So excited about this one!

Jenna Coleman talks about the Victoria Christmas special

In a fun interview with Good Housekeeping, Jenna Coleman gives her thoughts on the upcoming Victoria special, titled ‘Comfort and Joy’. It’s a whole two hours of drama late on Christmas day (eek, watch out for the post-turkey sleepiness) but promises plenty to entertain. Check out the trailer, which looks more indulgently saccharine than a box of Turkish delight.

More details revealed for the Call The Midwife special

For you Call The Midwife fans, the Radio Times has published a deep dive into the characters and potential plot lines of the Christmas special. There’s also a great trailer airing on the BBC at the moment – you can watch it below.

BBC iPlayer challenges Netflix with some boxsets for holiday binge-watching

This weekend, the BBC are unveiling their new range of box sets and some of our favourite period dramas from the last couple of years are making an appearance on BBC iPlayer. Look out for all first three seasons of Peaky Blinders, Tom Hardy’s bombastic Taboo, Wolf Hall and the fantastic Feud: Bette and Joan.

So when are all the period dramas airing over Christmas? 

Clear your schedule and make sure your festive feasts are timed correctly with the following key television times (please note, these are UK times so apologies to those based further afield!)  –

Call the Midwife Christmas special airs on Christmas Day at 7.40pm on BBC1

Victoria Christmas special airs on Christmas Day at 9pm on ITV.

Little Women first airs on Boxing Day at 8.00pm on BBC One, and for the two following days afterwards. (US viewers – if it’s any consolation, this has also been confirmed to premiere on Masterpiece on PBS on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018)

The Miniaturist airs on Boxing Day and the following day at 9pm on BBC One.

Enjoy your holidays and happy watching!

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

    1. its this time of year I wish I was back in the UK… although I dont miss the cold weather and dark days…. just the Christmas TV viewing!

      1. The Christmas TV does help when we’re all huddled indoors from the cold! 🙂

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