We’ve gathered up the period dramas that are newly included with your US Amazon Prime Video membership in June, July, and August 2021. 

Then, we share the historical / costume / period dramas that are coming to Prime Video Channels, are available to rent, and movies and TV series in the genre that are being released to DVD this summer.

Finally, we list some newly added non-period movies and series like British shows and romances that you may also like, that are included with your Prime Video membership.

Check this list throughout the summer; we’ll update all the sections (alphabetically) as more titles become available. If some of these titles look familiar, it’s because they were previously available with Prime, were pulled off, and now they are back. 

Testament of Youth, courtesy BBC Films


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It’s easy to watch the trailers for the films on this list, or add the movies and TV series to your watchlist: just click. This is a US-based list, but if you live in Canada or the UK, you can also use our “Add to your WATCHLIST” links to check availability in your country. 

From British costume dramas to sweeping romantic epics, there’s a lot here by the end of the season, so to help you keep track: the blue TVs next to the title mean the film is included with your membership, the orange TVs mean it is available to rent or is available with a Prime Video Channel subscription.

Also see the list of Period Dramas New on Prime Spring 2021.

Period Dramas Added in June

This section contains newly available historical, costume and period dramas (movies and TV series) that are included with your Prime Video membership.

Man in an Orange Shirt, courtesy PBS Masterpiece





Carrie’s War (2004)

From PBS Masterpiece and BBC. At the start of World War II, 14-year-old Carrie and her younger brother Nick are separated from their mother and evacuated from war-torn London to a rural village in Wales. Upon their arrival, they are assigned to live with a troubled family, the puritanical shopkeeper Mr. Evans, a widower, and his spinster sister, a timid woman named Lou.

While Lou is thrilled to lavish attention on the children, Mr. Evans remains cold and distant. But Carrie and Nick’s fortunes take a turn for the better when they’re sent to fetch a Christmas goose from mysterious Druid’s Bottom, a manor house occupied by a self-professed witch named Hepzibah and Mr. Evans’s ethereal, estranged sister, Mrs. Gotobed. Filled with magical adventures and first love, this is a heartfelt and faithful adaptation of Nina Bawden’s beloved novel for the whole family.

Starring Keeley Fawcett, Jack Stanley, Karen Meagher, Eddie Cooper, Alun Armstrong, Lesley Sharp. 

Rated 7+

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Available June 23


Domina (2021)

The story of Livia Drusilla in ancient Rome, from her early life as a naive young girl in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, through her rise to become the emperor Augustus’ wife, becoming Rome’s most powerful and influential empress. As of June 14, the first two episodes are included with Prime Video; more episodes expected. 

Starring Kasia Smutniak, Isabella Rossellini, Matthew McNulty, Ben Batt, Liam Cunningham.

Rated TV-MA

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Available June 12


Genius (2016)

Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth star in this stirring drama about the friendship between Thomas Wolfe and editor Maxwell Perkins. When, one day in 1929, writer Thomas Wolfe decided to keep the appointment made by Max Perkins, editor at Scribner’s, he had no illusions: his manuscript would be turned down as had invariably been the case. But, to his happy amazement, his novel, which was to become “Look Homeward, Angel,” was accepted for publication. The only trouble was that it was overlong (by 300 pages) and had to be reduced. Although reluctant to see his poetic prose trimmed, Wolfe agreed and was helped by Perkins, who had become a true friend, with the result that it instantly became a favorite with the critics and a best seller.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jude Law, Guy Pearce.

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Rated PG-13

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Available June 16


Gracie! (2009)

From BBC. Singer and comedienne Gracie Fields from Rochdale was the nation’s darling. Beginning on the cusp of World War II and at the phenomenal peak of her career, this heart-breaking love story tells of Gracie’s relationship with Italian-born Hollywood director Monty Banks and its staggering repercussions. Produced as part of a trio of BBC films on ‘Women We Loved’ (the other two being Enid Blyton and Margot Fonteyn).

Starring Jane Horrocks, Tom Hollander, David Dawson, Tony Haygarth, Ellie Haddington.

Rated 13+

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Available June 23


Loving Miss Hatto (2012)

From the BBC comes the story of one of Britain’s most famous pianists, Joyce Hatto, and her husband William, from their meeting in post-war London to her death in 2006 – after which her recordings were discovered to be one of the biggest hoaxes in classical music history. Written by Victoria Wood and based on a true story.

After years of frustration and broken dreams, classical pianist Joyce Hatto finally found international fame in her 70s. Dubbed ‘the greatest living pianist no one has ever heard of’, she had critics raving about her sublime recordings. Yet six months after her death, many of these recordings were discovered to be by other pianists – the greatest hoax in classical music had been orchestrated from the small town of Royston, Hertfordshire.

Starring Alfred Molina, Francesca Annis, Rory Kinnear, Maimie McCoy.

Rated 13+

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Available June 24


Man in an Orange Shirt (2017)

From novelist Patrick Gale, this is a tender film sure to spark conversation about outdated attitudes and equal rights. Two love stories set 60 years apart are linked by a secret that echoes through generations, from a forbidden relationship impossible during WWII, contrasted with a present-day romance that is nearly derailed by the 1940s tale with which it is deeply intertwined. Shown on PBS Masterpiece.

Starring Julian Morris, James McArdle, Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Laura Carmichael, Flaminia Cinque, Joanna Vanderham, David Gyasi.

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Rated TV-14

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Available June 1 for a limited time


Pinocchio (2019)

Period-set fantasy. Geppetto’s puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures – from the belly of a giant fish, to the Land of Toys and the Field of Miracles.

Starring Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini.

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Rated PG-13

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Available June 11


The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)

Do you like “Gentleman Jack’? Try this BBC movie. The story of Anne Lister, a 19th-century Yorkshire landowner, industrialist and lesbian. Anne kept a detailed account of her life in a fascinating and painfully honest 4,000,000-word journal. A sizeable portion was written in code, and the recent deciphering of the diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian.

Starring Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Christine Bottomley, Susan Lynch, Gemma Jones.

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Rated 16+

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Available June 10


Sunstroke (2014)

Pictured on our home page. An epic romantic Russian period drama also known as “Solnechnyy udar,” loosely based on the story Sunstroke and the book Cursed Days by Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer Ivan Bunin. The story is set in a prisoner-of-war camp in November 1920, in the Crimea, after the evacuation of the White Army, with several thousand White officers left behind on the peninsula. The officers are unaware of their impending doom, waiting for their fate to be decided by the Red Army officials. One of them — an unnamed poruchik — is haunted by the memories of a dramatic and brief love affair occurred in 1907, clinging to this memory of an opulent Russia during the glory days before its fall.

Starring Martinsh Kalita, Viktoriya Solovyova, Aleksandr Ustyugov, Anastasiya Imamova, Vitaliy Kishchenko.

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Rated 16+

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Available June 1


Testament Of Youth (2015)

During World War I, Oxford University student Vera Brittain postpones her studies to serve as a nurse while her suitor, her brother, and a secret admirer face death in the trenches. “Testament of Youth” is a searing story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain which became the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A powerful and passionate journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again; a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Dominic West, Hayley Atwell, Miranda Richardson.

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Rated PG-13

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Available June 1


Walter’s War (2008)

A BBC historical drama inspired by the life of Walter Tull who, after years in an orphanage, went on to become a professional footballer and then the first black commissioned officer to lead British troops during the First World War. The action concerns Tull’s turbulent passage from ordinary soldier to extraordinary officer at officer training camp, where he had to face his own demons as well as fight the prejudice that surrounded him.

Starring O.T. Fagbenie, Ewan Stewart, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, Michael Wildman, Samara MacLaren, Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Rated 16+

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Available June 23


Wodehouse in Exile (2013)

An intimate BBC film featuring an all-star cast about how the author PG Wodehouse came to face a charge of treason during the Second World War and how this quintessential Englishman, creator of Jeeves and Wooster, became an exile from his own country and never set foot on English soil again.

Starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Zoë Wanamaker, Curran McKay, Simon Coury, Julian Rhind-Smith. 

Rated 16+

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Available June 23


The following period-set movies and series (and period-inspired titles) are also newly available and included with your Prime membership in June 2021. Click on the titles for more information, to watch trailers where available, and to start streaming full movies or episodes:

June 1: Ali (2001), Goya’s Ghosts (2007), The Last Tycoon (1976), Of Mice and Men (1992). June 3: Macbeth (2020). June 7: Wings of The Wind (2015). June 9: Big Jake (1971), The Great Waves (2021), Through The Shadow (2015). June 10: Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure (2016), Son of the South (2021). June 11: Chinatown (1974). June 12: Warsaw 44 (2014), Life With Father (1947). June 16: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1994). June 22: Tesla (2016). June 26: Salt of the Earth (1954), Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien (1999). June 29: Dorian Gray (2009), Zoo (2018).

Also now free with ads on IMDb TV: Miss Potter (2006), My Week With Marilyn (2011), Orlando (1992), Water For Elephants (2011).

Available for free with ads June 11 on IMDb TV: Timewasters is a half-hour comedy series about a struggling four-piece jazz band from South London who travels back in time. Transported via a “time machine” they discover in a rundown apartment building elevator, the foursome finds itself exploring and navigating the complexities and nuances of the Jazz Age in 1920s London in season one and jumps back to the 1950s during the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll in season two.



Period Dramas Added in July

The Pursuit of Love, courtesy Amazon Studios





An Education (2009)

Three time Academy Award® Nominated Film adapted for the screen from the memoirs of journalist Lynn Barber. A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Jenny is an intelligent young woman on the brink of her 17th birthday, living in the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, who is destined for a promising if somewhat narrow future at Oxford University and beyond. Longing for romance and sophistication to inject some excitement into her humdrum schoolgirl existence, Jenny finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with the mysterious and much older playboy David, which leaves her torn between studying for a place at Oxford, and the more exciting alternative offered to her by a charismatic older man.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins.

Rated PG-13

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Available July 1

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The Children’s Hour (1961)

Longtime friends Martha and Karen run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary, is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship. When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women’s lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. All the stress adversely affects Karen’s engagement to Joe Cardin.

Starring Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, Karen Balkin, James Garner.

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Not rated

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Available July 1


El Cid (Season 2)

The Spanish historical action drama about an 11th-century Castilian knight and warlord returns for a second season, picking up after the death of King Fernando. His sons, Sancho, Alfonso and García, rule the kingdoms of Castilla, León and Galicia, respectively. Ruy is now a knight – a step before becoming a true hero – but he will have to make some very difficult decisions along the way. Will it be Amina or Jimena? Sancho or Alfonso? Loyalty or glory?

Peace or war? Battles, love, politics, intrigue, treason, death, and power struggles provide a rich backdrop for the second season of “The Legend of El Cid,” which chronicles the real-life odyssey of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar: a hero and legend, who was accused of being a traitor by his enemies.

Starring Jaime Lorente, Alicia Sanz, Elia Galera, Lucía Guerrero, Jaime Olías, Adrián Salzedo, Daniel Albaladejo.

Rated TV-14

Available July 15

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

Two intertwining and related love stories… In the first story (set in 1867 England), a strange young woman is dishonored by her affair with a French officer, and loved by a proper young Victorian gentleman who falls hopelessly in love with her. The second story (set in the present) chronicles the similar relationships of the actors who are portraying the protagonists of the first story in a film. In both stories, the lovers are affectingly played by Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. John Fowles’ novel was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter and directed by Karel Reisz. Cinematographer Freddie Francis has been praised for his painterly re-creation of 19th-century Dorset, as well as his complementary 20th-century mise-en-scene. A must-watch!

Starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Emily Morgan, Charlotte Mitchell, Lynsey Baxter.

Rated R for some sexuality

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Available July 1


Indian Summers (Season 1)

Included with Prime for a limited time. Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, “Indian Summers” explores the collision of the ruling class English with their Indian subjects, and the intricate game of power, politics, and passion that ensues.

In Season 1 of the PBS Masterpiece miniseries, it’s 1932 and the Indian Civil Service begin the annual move to Simla, India’s Little England and the exclusive white British Club is prepared for the summer season. But while the British cling to power, India dreams of independence.

Starring Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Amber Rose Revah, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey.

Rated TV-14

Available July 1

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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008)

It’s 1939 and governess Guinevere Pettigrew finds herself out of work and on the bread line. Middle-aged and running out of options,Miss Pettigrew takes an uncharacteristic gamble when, after being refused work at an employment agency, she pinches the details of a juicy assignment and pursues the job herself.

Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand star in this charming comedy about finding a new life and a new love, all in one day. When Miss Pettigrew stumbles upon the chance to become the new “social secretary” to glamorous high-society singer and actress Delysia Lafosse, she seizes the opportunity despite being totally out of her element. Swept up into the glamorous whirl of high society, it’s all Miss Pettigrew can do to keep up with Delysia as she juggles her lovelife and career in this “delightful champagne cocktail of a comedy!” (Leah Rozen, People).

Starring Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Tim Potter.

Rated PG-13

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Available July 16

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The Pursuit of Love (Season 1)

Written for the screen and directed by Emily Mortimer, “The Pursuit of Love” follows the friendship between cousins Linda and Fanny, which will be put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart. Based on the novel by Nancy Mitford. “The Pursuit of Love” is a romantic comedy-drama set in Europe between the two World Wars, and examines the women’s bond on their journey of self-discovery that takes them on a gorgeous, sexy and edgy ride through life.

Starring Lily James, Emily Beecham, Dominic West, Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Shazad Latif, Annabel Mullion, Andrew Scott.

Rated TV-PG

Available July 30

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Swallows & Amazons (2017)

Four children (The Swallows) go on a sailing adventure to an island where they encounter a rival group of kids (The Amazons). Rivalry quickly turns to camaraderie when pirates threaten all they hold dear.

A wonderful family adventure adapted from Arthur Ransome’s classic novel set in the 1920s. While on holiday in the Lake District with their mother Mrs. Walker four siblings – John, Susan, Tatty and Roger – set sail on a boat named Swallow and discover an island. As they begin to explore they realise the island has already been claimed by sisters Nancy and Peggy Blackett, who have their own vessel called the Amazon. Meanwhile, the sisters’ mysterious uncle Jim Turner, who lives in a houseboat and is thought of as a pirate by the Walker children, has become the target of secret agent Lazlow. When Jim is taken captive the Walkers and the Blacketts put aside their rivalry and band together on a mission to discover what happened to him. 

Starring Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Orla Hill, Dane Hughes, Bobby McCullock.

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Rated 7+

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Available July 1


The following period-set movies and series (and period-inspired titles) are also newly available and included with your Prime membership in July 2021. Click on the titles for more information, to watch trailers where available, and to start streaming full movies or episodes:

July 1: Across The Universe (2007), Julie & Julia (2009), Marie Antoinette (2006), The Mask Of Zorro (1998), Your Highness (2011), Patton (1970), Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians (1989), The Black Stallion (1979), The Bounty (1984), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Braveheart (1995), Britannia (Seasons 1 & 2), Comes a Horseman (1978), Doc (1971), Evelyn (2002), The Story of Adele H (1975), Great Expectations (1947), Ned Kelly (1970). July 2: Centurion (2010), Savannah (2014), Small Faces (1998) BBC. July 3: Sherlock Holmes – Dressed to Kill (1946), When We Last Spoke (2020). July 15: Coming Through the Rye (2016). July 16: Romeo and Juliet (2013). July 18: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (Seasons 1 – 4). July 20: Brotherhood (2019), The Sign of the Beaver (1997). July 21: Angela (2019), Serena (2015). July 22: Black Book (2007), The German Doctor (2014), The King’s Choice (2017), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), The Passion of The Christ (2004), The White Countess (2005). July 26: Legend of Two Sisters In the Chaos (2020). 

Also available for free with ads on IMDb TV: July 1: A Beautiful Mind (2001) – After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. Sense and Sensibility (1995): Emma Thompson stars in the captivating romance based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of two sisters’ search for love in strict Regency society. Also once again available for stream for free is Renoir (2013): Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir — son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste — returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

And please note that Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003) is leaving at the end of July.



Period Dramas New to Prime Video Channels

Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries © 2021 AcornTV & RLJ Entertainment, Inc.

This section contains period dramas added in June, July, and August 2021 (movies and TV series) that are included with add-on Prime Video Channels. If you don’t already subscribe to the channel, follow the link below the film description that says “Available …” to sign up for a free trial.





Land Girls (Seasons 1 – 3)

Created by Roland Moore, “Land Girls” follows the lives and loves of four women, Nancy, Joyce, Bea and Annie, away from home, doing their bit for Britain in the Women’s Land Army during World War II. Set on the Hoxley Manor estate against the backdrop of war-weary Britain in the 1940s, the series depicts how the women balance their working lives at the run-down pasture farm with the opulent living conditions at the estate. As they adapt to their new surroundings, and knuckle down to some hard work and play, they realize very quickly that their lives will never be the same again.

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Available June 18 with PBS Masterpiece Channel


Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries (Season 2)

This swinging 1960’s series “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries,” a spinoff of the Australian sensation “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” follows the fearless and spirited Peregrine Fisher (Logie Award-nominated Geraldine Hakewill), the niece of world-class adventuress and private detective Phryne Fisher, as she inherits a windfall from her famous aunt and sets to become an exceptional sleuth in her own right.

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Available June – July with Acorn TV Channel (Episode 1 and 2 premiere on June 7, with weekly
premieres every Monday through July 19)


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978)

Over 7 episodes, Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie’s Marple) stars as imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie, who endeavors to fill her students, all impressionable young girls, with a love of art and as much self confidence as she possesses. Set in Edinburgh in the 1930s, this seven-part series is adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark, who considered McEwan’s performance the best portrayal of her iconic
character.

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Available June 14 with Acorn TV Channel


Walter Presents: King of the Skies (2021)

Based on true characters and events, “King of the Skies” is set during the early days of civil aviation and follows the battle between two men, Albert Plesman and Anthony Fokker from the end of the First World War in 1919 up until the beginning of World War II in 1939.

The men were completely different but needed each other to succeed. The director of the newly created Dutch airline KLM, Plesman was a straightforward, physically imposing, Calvinistic family man of simple descent who was happily married all his life to his wife Suze. An aircraft manufacturer and famous pilot, Fokker came from a wealthy family, was small in stature, and was a notorious playboy and womanizer who wasn’t a fan of rules. Although the men didn’t like each other they could not ignore one another: Plesman needed planes to keep KLM alive and Fokker needed a big customer to sell his planes to.

Over the years their battles were fought in several countries, during exciting, historic air races, and with an extensive cast of larger-than-life characters on both sides of the feud. At a crossroads in their lives the men are brought back together at the dawn of a new war, with one big question present: can they work together to stop the war?

In Dutch with English Subtitles

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Available June 11 with PBS Masterpiece Channel


Also available with channels: The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) is included with Paramount+

Also see BritBox Adds 75 Period Dramas in December if you have BritBox as an Add-on Channel, and Period Dramas on Acorn TV in 2021 if you have Acorn TV as an Add-on Channel.



New Period Dramas to Rent

Center Stage, courtesy Paragon Films Ltd.

This section contains historical, costume and period dramas (movies and TV series) that are newly available to rent on Amazon this season.





Center Stage (1991)

International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies tragic 1930s screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the “Greta Garbo of China,” in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan (Rouge). Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, “tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving” (Time Out).

Starring Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung.

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Rated 16+

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New Period Drama DVD Releases

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar, courtesy PBS

This section contains a selection of historical, costume, and period dramas and other titles of interest that are being released this season to DVD and Blu-ray.




Agatha And The Truth Of Murder/Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar/Agatha And The Midnight Murders: These three films imagine what might have happened to the author Agatha Christie. Recently shown on PBS. Available HERE June 1, 2021.

Drunk History: The Complete Series: A toast: To the complete series of Drunk History! For six buzzworthy seasons, host Derek Waters heard from actors and comedians about history’s most riveting chapters, and produced star-studded reenactments of these events. Some of the stories are silly; others are sobering. Some have been taught far and wide, and others highlight the history of marginalized communities that many textbooks omit. All were worth talking about over a few drinks. (OK, sometimes it was more than a few drinks.) Available HERE June 29, 2021.

Pennyworth: The Complete 2nd Season: A year after the explosive events of last season, England finds itself embroiled in a devastating civil war, with the powerful, neo-fascist Raven Union, led by Lord Harwood (Jason Flemyng) threatening to control the entire country. North London remains one of the few resistance holdouts remaining. It’s here in the West End Neutral Zone, that we find Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). After years in the British Army, his training with the SAS has taught him to be a cynical optimist – expecting the worst, but knowing that he can handle it. Now running The Delaney, a black-market Soho club that welcomes everyone, regardless of their politics, Alfred, with his SAS mates, “Bazza” (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) and “Daveboy” (Ryan Fletcher), is now in search of a way out – before London, and his country, burns itself to the ground. And he’s got his eye on America. Available HERE July 13, 2021.

The Railway Children [Blu-ray]: In turn-of-the-century London, Roberta “Bobbie” Waterbury (Jenny Agutter) lives a perfect upper-class life with her parents, sister and brother until one fateful night when her father is mysteriously arrested. Suddenly impoverished, the children and their mother are forced to move to a dusty cottage far away in the country perched on the edge of a railroad. But along these magical tracks, in the nearby station and on the mighty trains themselves, Bobbie and her siblings will discover adventure, face danger and forge friendships that will change their young lives forever. Dinah Sheridan and Bernard Cribbins co-star in this heartwarming hit based on the beloved novel by E. Nesbit (The Enchanted Castle) and filmed on location in the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside. Nominated for three British Academy Awards, The Railway Children remains one of the best-loved family classics of our time and was recently named one of the top 100 British films of the 20th century by the British Film Institute. Acting great Lionel Jeffries wrote the screenplay and directed this extraordinary film for the whole family. Available HERE on June 15, 2021.

Tous Les Matins Du Monde [Blu-ray]: In the dazzling tradition of “Amadeus,” “Tous les Matins du Monde” (All the Mornings in the World) is a seductive tale of music and passion set in 17th century France. The phenomenal Gérard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac) stars in a fascinating story filled with romance, lust, desire, devotion, revenge and intrigue. Monsieur de Sainte Colombe (Jean-Pierre Marielle, The Da Vinci Code) is reclusive composer who lives with his two beautiful daughters (Anne Brochet and Carole Richert). Their lives are forever changed by the flamboyant young student Marin Marais (Depardieu) who fascinates Colombe and entrances his daughters. See for yourself why critics and audiences alike applauded this magnificent film and celebrated winner of seven César Awards including Best Picture. Available HERE on June 15, 2021.

When Calls The Heart: Pre-Wedding Jitters & Changing Times: Elizabeth is distraught over the reveal of Nathan’s secret; everyone helps a couple prepare for their wedding. Landis, the school inspector, arrives in town and causes trouble for Elizabeth; Rosemary finds her calling; a search is called when one of Hope Valley’s residents is lost. Available HERE August 10, 2021.

When Calls the Heart: What the Heart Wants & Before My Very Eyes: Lucas and Elizabeth take their relationship to the next level, but Elizabeth worries she isn’t ready for commitment. Rosemary and Lee adjust to life with their niece with them while Rosemary ponders her life’s purpose. A health scare has everyone in Hope Valley worried about one of their own and they band together to help with the recovery. Nathan works to finalize his adoption of Allie and a new stranger comes to town with secrets of his own. Available HERE June 22, 2021.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: From Academy Award®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) comes an adaptation of acclaimed British author Judith Kerr’s classic novel based on her childhood memories. The story of a Jewish family’s escape from 1933 Berlin to Europe tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author’s alter ego, nine year-old Anna Kemper (Riva Krymalowski in her feature film debut). Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father (Oliver Masucci)—based on the prominent theater critic Alfred Kerr—suddenly vanishes, the family is secretly hurried out of Germany. Anna begins to understand life will never be the same as she and her family navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees. Available HERE July 6, 2021.

The World To Come: In this powerful 19th century romance set in the American Northeast, Abigail (Katherine Waterston), a farmer’s wife, and her new neighbor Tallie (Academy Award Nominee Vanessa Kirby) find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. A grieving Abigail tends to her withdrawn husband Dyer (Casey Affleck) as free spirit Tallie bristles at the jealous control of her husband Finney (Christopher Abbott). Together, their intimacy begins to fill a void in each other’s lives they never knew existed. Available HERE June 1, 2021.



Other Shows You May Also Like 

This section contains a curated list of movies and TV series new and are included on Prime, that are NOT period dramas. We think fans of historical and costume dramas will enjoy them just the same. Follow the links to watch the trailers. You may also like:

Available June 1: Adaptation (2002), Almost Famous (2000), Dear John (2010), The Haunted Hotel (2021), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Me Without You (2002), Mia And The White Lion (2019), Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012), Seven Pounds (2008), The Terminal (2004), Ulee’s Gold (1997), The Wrestler (2009). June 2: Hideous Kinky (1998), Broken English (2007). June 9: Personally Yours (2000), The Green Promise (1949). June 11: 8 Out of 10 Cats (2011). June 20: The Romance of Tiger and Rose (2020). June 23: The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009). June 26: Royal Wedding (1951).

Available July 1: Awakenings (1990), Big Fish (2003), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967), Midnight In Paris (2011), Philadelphia (1993), Rear Window (1954), Riding In Cars With Boys (1988), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Lady In The Van (2006), Vertigo (1958), The Apartment (1960), At First Sight (1999), My Beautiful Laundrette (1986), Moonlight & Valentino (1995), Lilies of the Field (1963). July 2: About a Boy (2002), E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). July 22: Japanese Story (2003), Priceless (2008).



If you enjoyed this post, be sure to see The Period Films List, with the best British period dramas, historical and costume movies and TV series sorted by era.