Historical Dramas New To Netflix

Historical Dramas New To Netflix
 Nelius Stackpoole
Nelius Stackpoole

10 Nov 2017

The Crown Season 2 is launching in one month’s time on 8 December so there’s still time to catch up Season 1 or even re-watch the critically acclaimed first season to refresh your memory.

If you’re up to date with The Crown, check out these TV shows with royal lineage. Binge your way through Netflix’s collection of movies and shows based on the most famous monarchy in the world.

Reign

Teenage Mary Stuart travels to France to meet her fiancé, Prince Francis, although his mother, Queen Catherine, wants to prevent their marriage. Mary must fight for her survival in French court, assisted by her four best friends as ladies-in-waiting, as she battles hidden enemies and dark forces which plot against her rise to power.

 

The Tudors

All the splendour and scandal of England’s 16th-century royal court comes to life in this series that follows Tudor monarch Henry VIII. Focusing on the early years of King Henry VIII's nearly 40-year reign (1509-1547) of England. The series looks at Henry's famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures like Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey (head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome) and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry's best friend and unofficial adviser.

The Duchess

Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront of the Whig Party and helps usher in reform in late-1700s England. The one thing it seems she cannot do is win the heart of her husband (Ralph Fiennes).

Diana

DIANA is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. The film stars British-born Academy Award nominated actress Naomi Watts who assumes the leading role of the eponymous and iconic princess. Naveen Andrews co-stars as Dr. Hasnat Khan.

Secrets of Henry VII’s Palace

The history of this grand 500-year-old palace is inextricably tied to the lavish lifestyle of King Henry VIII and the doomed fates of his six wives. This film focuses on Hampton Court Palace, from its origin through today. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. Today, the palace is open to the public, and a major tourist attraction. Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces of the many owned by Henry VIII.

The Other Boleyn Girl

Based on Philippa Gregory's acclaimed best-selling novel, this brilliant retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson and Eric Bana. Centered around the claustrophobic intrigue that was the court of Henry VIII, this historical drama presents a calculating Anne (Portman), who usurps her older sister Mary (Johannson) as the king's mistress and ultimately desires to be his new queen.

 The Story of Diana

The Princess Diana documentary event marking the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing, captures the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted on the woman known as the People's Princess: in-depth conversations with those who knew her best, as well as the world's leading Diana experts. These interviews are woven together with People's unparalleled reporting, as well as captivating archival footage of the Princess of Wales.