I’m not a massive TV watcher, if I was I wouldn’t manage two kids, a blog and millions of hobbies. However when I do want to relax I usually turn to Netflix. I’m a big period drama addict, I love anything from the Regency period to the 1950s and there is plenty of great stuff to watch on Netflix.
So here are a few things that’s I’ve watched and really enjoyed, mostly for the amazing costumes and vintage inspiration as well as my obsession with the past…
1. Upstairs Downstairs – This wonderful drama set in the 1930s got totally sidelined by Downton Abbey and sadly only two series were made. I only watched it recently and absolutely adored it. The costumes are incredible, the storyline is fantastic, and the period of history leading up WWII so brilliantly portrayed. My only complaint is that the show was axed as it was absolutely wonderful.
I think it would have been better if it was a stand alone project rather than a continuation of the popular 70s drama. But if you love that era of the 20th century, you will love this.
2. Titanic Blood and Steel – This fantastic mini series, follows the building of the Titanic at Harland and Wolff in Belfast between 1909 and 1912. Although it is packed with historical inaccuracies the mix of plot and history makes this a must watch. I loved all the characters both fictional and based on true people.
I also found the Northern Irish history fascinating. This drama shows a whole other story to history’s most famous ship and having watched it twice already I would definitely recommend it.
3. Titanic – Another recently made Titanic programme, this one created by Downton Abbey screen writer Julian Fellowes. This one covers the voyage of the ship from the point of view of several characters.
I shed many tears over this one, as the tragedy is more real than any previous portrayal. You really get a sence of the huge loss of life. It’s definitely worth watching though for the amazing acting, and the fabulous sets and costumes.
4. The Bletchley Circle – I watched this ages ago, and I’m glad to see it’s still on Netflix. This murder mystery follows four women who worked at Bletchley House during WWII and have returned to their normal lives. They all have particular skills and find it hard to fit back in to normal life after their roles in the war.
They find themselves putting their skills into action while hunting the identity of a brutal serial killer. It has a few upsetting scenes so not one for the faint hearted.
5. Foyle’s War – I love this one so much! There are also quite a few series of Foyle’s War on Netflix so if you want something to get really stuck into this a great choice. The programme follows the life of a senior policemen during WWII and has absolutely fantastic plots and again I love the costumes.
6. Pride and Prejudice – I have watched this so many times and I never get sick of it. I remember watching it for the first time when I was 10 and have loved it ever since. Although I prefer the 1980 version even more, this is the perfect BBC costume drama and great for a relaxing evening of swooning over the gorgeous Mr Darcy.
I adore the regency costumes and can’t help but adore everything set in his period. If you’ve never seen this (what planet are you on?) you absolutely must give this Austen classic a watch.
7. Some Like It Hot – This is definitely my favourite Marilyn Monroe film, she looks absolutely amazing in this film and her costumes are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It was made in the 50s and set in the 20s and is an absolute must watch.
8. The Scapegoat – This ITV film is set in a country house in the early 1950s. Basically two men meet in bar and realise they are exactly the same in appearance. After one gets the other drunk a series of misunderstandings lead to them swapping lives. John finds himself at the head of a troubled aristocratic family. This is surprisingly good and great for it’s costumes and locations.
9. Mr Selfridge – The firsts series of this is now on Netflix and I absolutely love it. It tells the story of Harry Selfridge and his famous London Department store at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. It’s full of humour and drama and is a thoroughly good watch. Series two is showing at the moment on ITV but will hopefully make it onto Netflix soon.
10. Bomb Girls – I haven’t actually started watching this yet, but it’s next on my list. I’ve heard good things about it. It’s about a group of women working in a munitions factory during WWII and sounds like my sort of thing.
I hope you like my list and if you’re a Netflix subscriber you’ll give them a go. I think most of these are just available on UK Netflix but US users got Mad Men so I don’t feel too bad!
Let me know if you have any recommendations for great shows on Netflix.