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The PeriodDramas.com timeline is a list of period dramas organised according to the year in which each story begins. Click on any entry in the timeline to learn more about it.

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1937All Creatures Great and Small, Falling for a Dancer
1936Ladies in Lavender, The White Countess, Upstairs Downstairs
1935Places in the Heart
1934South Riding
1933Young James Herriot
1932Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Gosford Park
1931Mildred Pierce, The Lady Vanishes
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1929Bright Young Things
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1927Quartet
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1925The King's Speech, The Painted Veil
1924A Passage to India
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1922Bertie and Elizabeth, Brideshead Revisited, Little Ashes, The Great Gatsby
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1920Lilies
1919Chariots of Fire
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1917The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
1916Britannic
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1914Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, The Village, When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
1913The Moth, The Wingless Bird
1912A Night to Remember, Downton Abbey, No Greater Love, S.O.S. Titanic, Somewhere in Time, Titanic
1911The Lost World
1910The Last Station, The Swan, The Wings of the Dove
1909Casualty 1909, Mr Selfridge, The Color Purple, The Man Who Saved Christmas
1908The Great Race
1907A Room With a View, Casualty 1907, Mark Twain and Me, Songcatcher
1906Casualty 1906
1905Angel, The House of Mirth
1904A Dangerous Method, Finding Neverland, Nora, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
1903The Little Kidnappers, Upstairs, Downstairs
1902Berkeley Square, Bride of the Wind, Miss Potter
1901Breaker Morant, Doctor Zhivago, Little House: The Last Farewell, The Tide of Life
1900Letter from an Unknown Woman, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Cherry Orchard, The Duchess of Duke Street, The Fifteen Streets, The Go-Between
1899Cavalcade
1898The Adventures of Ociee Nash
1897My Brilliant Career
1896Little House: Bless All the Dear Children
1895An Ideal Husband, Little House: Look Back to Yesterday
1894Bright Leaf
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1891Lark Rise to Candleford
1890The Christmas Candle
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1888From Hell, Miracle at Sage Creek
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188620,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Woodlanders
1885Freud, The Illusionist
1884Tess, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Black Candle, The Elephant Man
1883Feast of July
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1881Young Winston
1880Anna Karenina, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
1879Love in the Time of Cholera, The Forsyte Saga
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1877The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James
1876The Inheritance
1875A Ghost in Monte Carlo, The Bostonians, The Paradise
1874Anna Karenina, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Forsyte Saga
1873The Buccaneers
1872Around the World in 80 Days, The Portrait of a Lady, The Ruby in the Smoke
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1870Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Little House on the Prairie
1869Far from the Madding Crowd, Little House on the Prairie
1868Lillie
1867Penmarric, The French Lieutenant's Woman
186620,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Daniel Deronda
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1864Mrs. Brown
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1862Fingersmith, Friendly Persuasion, Prairie Rose, The Impressionists
1861Gone with the Wind, Little Women
1860The Onedin Line, The Pallisers
1859Possession
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1857Captains and the Kings
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1855The Barchester Chronicles, The First Great Train Robbery
1854The Rag Nymph, The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton
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1851Edge of Madness, North & South, The Piano
1850Desperate Romantics, The Europeans, The Girl, The Legend of Zorro
1849A Dinner of Herbs, The Woman in White
1848Fall of Eagles, The Moonstone
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1843A Christmas Carol, Drovers' Gold, Scrooge
1842Cranford, North and South, The Oregon Trail, The Secret of Moonacre
1841Edward the Seventh
1840Torrents of Spring, Under the Greenwood Tree
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1838Firelight, Nicholas Nickleby
1837The Young Victoria, Victoria & Albert
1836Impromptu, Tilly Trotter
1835Pride and Prejudice, True Women
1834The Black Velvet Gown
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1829Jane Eyre
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1827Immortal Beloved, Madame Bovary, The Pickwick Papers, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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1824Copying Beethoven
1823Onegin
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1821Duel of Hearts, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Mask of Zorro
1820Jamaica Inn
1819Hawaii, Jamaica Inn
1818Bright Star
1817Princess Caraboo
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1815Emma, The Count of Monte Cristo, Wuthering Heights
1814Persuasion
1813Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, St. Ives
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1811Pride and Prejudice, The Brothers Grimm
1810A Hazard of Hearts, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
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1805Little Dorrit, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Vanity Fair, War and Peace
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1802Miss Austen Regrets, Smuggler, Vanity Fair
1801Jack of All Trades
1800The Duellists
1799Adam Bede, Sleepy Hollow
1798Against the Wind, Northanger Abbey
1797Billy Budd, Pride & Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice
1796Les Miserables
1795Beau Brummell: This Charming Man, Becoming Jane, Napoléon, Napoleon and Love, Sense and Sensibility
1794Reign of Terror
1793Hornblower: The Even Chance, Quills
1792Goya's Ghosts, The Scarlet Pimpernel
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1788A Respectable Trade, The Madness of King George, The Timeless Land
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1782Amazing Grace, Dangerous Liaisons, Valmont
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1774Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, The Duchess
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Unknown: A Room With a View, Alice in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Basil, Bel Ami, December Bride, Dorian Gray, Ethan Frome, First Knight, Garrow's Law, He Knew He Was Right, Lover's Prayer, Mesmer, Moll Flanders, Nancy Astor, Oscar and Lucinda, Rebecca, Red Riding Hood, Swept from the Sea, The Age of Innocence, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, The Countess, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, The History of Mr Polly, The King's Thief, The Mill on the Floss, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, The Secret Garden, The Silver Chalice, The Triumph of Love, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Tristan+Isolde, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights


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