Loved Sanditon and want some more period dramas or romantic dramas to watch now that it’s over? We’ve tracked down some amazing options to scratch that Jane Austen itch!
We didn’t limit this list to just shows, either. These TV series and movies all have the same feeling of Sanditon. That is to say: the combination of romance and drama that Jane Austen crafts so perfectly in her writing.
Hopefully, you enjoy them too!
Probably my go-to recommendation if you like period dramas. Like Sanditon, Bridgerton is one of those guilty pleasure romance shows that you just can’t stop watching.
This is another one based on Jane Austen’s work, so it’s a natural fit for fans of Sanditon. Released in 2022, Persuasion is a made-for-Netflix film starring Dakota Johnson (known for her starring role in Fifty Shades of Grey).
Unlike both Fifty Shades and Sanditon, though, don’t expect much spice from Persuasion.
3. Miss Scarlett and the Duke
Another great period drama, Miss Scarlett and the Duke doesn’t feature high society women in traditional roles. Instead, it’s about a woman who, after her father dies, takes over his detective agency. Part crime drama, part period piece, you’ll love it if you want something a little different from the lords and ladies in other period shows.
4. The Empress
The Empress is based on the life of Elizabeth of Austria, who would later go on to become the Empress of that country. The Netflix show is set earlier in her life, following her dramatic, scandalous, and steamy rise to power.
5. Somewhere in Time
I’m definitely going somewhere in time with this recommendation: this movie was released back in 1980 but is a great watch for romance fans of any generation. While the romance is fantastic, the story is what shines; it’s a time-travel period romance!
6. Downton Abbey
You can’t talk about period dramas and romance without mentioning Downton Abbey. While it’s not as spicy as shows like Sanditon, Downton Abbey makes up for it in charm and story. Plus, it’s a bit more modern; great if you want that period drama feeling but in a newer era.
7. The Jewel in the Crown
Another older one to check out, The Jewel in the Crown was a BBC mini-series released back in 1984. It’s set in India right after World War II during the final days of the British Raj as India moves towards independence.
Along with taking place in a unique historical period, The Jewel in the Crown is also a steamy and drama-filled romance story of a female British journalist who falls for a local man.
Poldark follows the story of a British Captain who returns to Cornwall after three years in America fighting in the War of Independence in 1783. Unfortunately, this return isn’t as sweet as he’d have hoped; his life is a lot different than when he left.
If you haven’t seen Poldark and enjoy period dramas, it’s definitely worth checking out and continues to be well-loved by fans despite the show having ended in 2019.
9. Wives and Daughters
Gotta love the BBC for their adaptations! Wives and Daughters is a four-part mini-series that aired in 1999 and is based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. If you check this one out and enjoy it, there’s also an adaptation of Gaskell’s other popular book, North and South, out there too.
10. Death Comes to Pemberley
This three-part mini-series is an adaptation of P.D. Jame’s novel of the same name. While it’s a murder mystery at heart, what makes this such a great pick for Sanditon fans is that it’s a continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
11. Bleak House
Based on the Dickens novel of the same name, Bleak House is a serial drama set over 15 episodes.
Bleak House tells the story of a longstanding estate battle and includes a cast of squabbling family members and potential heirs. There’s no shortage of romance, deceit, drama, and of course, murder in this one, so it’s definitely worth checking out if that’s your cup of tea.
12. Becoming Jane
Last but definitely not least on this list is the 2007 movie Becoming Jane. This biographical romance film tells the real-life story of Jane Austen as she went from unmarried woman to author of Pride and Prejudice.
Truly a must-watch for fans of Sanditon!
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