The Crown’s third season is now streaming on Netflix. The newest instalment of the show sees Olivia Colman take over Claire Foy’s role as Queen Elizabeth II, with the monarch entering a complicated and contemplative era of her reign. Josh O’Connor, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emerald Fennell are among the new cast additions, as Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, and Camilla Shand (a.k.a. the woman who became Camilla Parker-Bowles), respectively.
But what to do once you’ve binged with the best of them, and now have to wait until season four? Fret not! A plethora of British delights is streamable these days, if you know where to look. We’ve picked seven shows that tick all of your Crown boxes, with detailed period sets, costumes, and that quintessential stiff upper lip. Check out the list below for upcoming, new, and recent shows to watch if you love The Crown.
Fans who thrilled in the travails of Queen Elizabeth II will also undoubtedly find themselves fascinated with this series about her ancestor, Queen Victoria. Three seasons of Victoria have aired, and showrunner Daisy Goodwin has said there will be five altogether, taking the story all the way up to the death of Queen Victoria.
If you like your period British dramas with a side of lesbian intrigue, Gentleman Jack is the show for you. The HBO/BBC production takes place in West Yorkshire, England, in 1832, and features Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, a landowner fighting to save her ancestral home (and indulging in then-taboo romances along the way). Based on a true story, this show makes the perfect rainy Sunday binge-watch.
This BBC miniseries starring Game of Thrones’s Kit Harington, who also produced the show, takes place three centuries before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, during a much more violent time for the royal family. The show is based on the real-life 17th-century Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of English Catholics tried to blow up the House of Lords and kill the King of England. Another opportunity to see Kit Harington onscreen is just a perk.
If you ever find yourself wishing that things got a little steamier on The Crown (or if Edward and Wallis didn’t do it for you), PBS’s Poldark has a smoldering ex–Revolutionary War soldier returning home, where the next battle is for his heart. But seriously, Poldark manages to be both cheesy and well-written and acted (it’s Masterpiece Theatre, after all)—the best of both worlds.
Call the Midwife
This show is especially perfect for Crown fans: It takes place in London in the 1950s and ’60s, at the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign, and follows a group of nurse midwives. If that sounds like a sleepy premise, it isn’t what you think. The show is incredibly emotionally gripping; it follows the nurses while they head into impoverished parts of the city to try and help other women. Now in its sixth season, Call the Midwife is streaming on Netflix.
Set in a similar era to Call the Midwife, Grantchester has not just a hunky lead (James Norton) as its draw, though that is certainly a major reason to tune in. Norton plays a Cambridgeshire clergyman who ends up solving murders in the bucolic village where he is a vicar. Grantchester has a uniquely high crime rate and a very hip jazz club: a combination you never knew you wanted.
Based on the novel by Ford Madox Ford, the BBC’s Parade’s End (now on Netflix) is heart-wrenching, romantic, and suspenseful. Viewers who prefer period detail in their television fare can take in the gnarly battle scenes and beautiful dinner parties, studded by star performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. With a script written by Tom Stoppard, every element of this World War I–era love triangle is perfectly paced, to climactic effect. Bring tissues.
Originally Appeared on Vogue