5 shows and movies to watch if you like The Gilded Age

Nicky Morris

Julian Fellowes‘ new period drama, Golden age, came at the right time for TV lovers. The extravagant sets, stellar cast, and color-saturated costumes are the perfect antidote to winter blues.

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But if you’re struggling to wait for each episode to release weekly and need a quick fix of puffy dresses, puffy sleeves, and stately homes, look no further. Here are five shows and movies like The Gilded Age…

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Available on ITV Hub, Prime Video

Based on Jane Austen’s novel, sandit follows Charlotte Heywood, a feisty but naive young woman who arrives in the seaside town in search of new experiences and is shocked to learn of its intriguing and secretive inhabitants.

She soon meets Sidney Parker, the younger brother of entrepreneur Tom Parker, and they immediately collide. Can they look beyond their differences and find love?

Like Marian Brook in Golden ageSanditon’s heroine leaves her family home for a new place on the eve of drastic change.

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Now is the perfect time to catch up on the first season, as the second series will premiere on BrixBoxUK on March 22, a day after its US debut on PBS Masterpiece.


The second season will be released in March this year

North and South

Available on Prime Video

Another period piece that sees a young heroine navigating a new city, North and South follows Margaret Hale, who is forced to move with her family from their sleepy hamlet in the south of England to a smoky industrial town in the north. There she clashes with the owner of a nouveau riche cotton mill, John Thornton, as she struggles to come to terms with his dismissive attitude towards his workers.

Much like Julian Fellowes’ new drama, North and Southwhich is based on the 1854 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, delves into the growing tensions between two social classes.

The series also features an all-star cast, including stay closeby Richard Armitage, Sinéad Cusack, Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniela Denby-Ashe.

North and South

The series is based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1854 novel


Available on Netflix

Bridgerton is the Netflix series the whole world was pretty much talking about when it debuted on Christmas Day in 2020. Based on the novels by Julia Quinn, the period drama follows the family’s eight close-knit siblings. Bridgerton as they navigate life and love in London’s high society.

The first series focuses on Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she makes her debut on the London social scene.

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If you love the extravagant costumes and glamorous stately homes featured in Golden agethen you will love it Bridgerton. Watch as season 2 hits Netflix on March 25!


The second season is coming to Netflix on March 25.

Emma. (2020)

Available on Netflix

Another colorful period drama with puff sleeves, lace-trimmed dresses and high collars, Autumn de Wilde’s Emma is the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved romantic comedy.

The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the beautiful, high-spirited but “slightly” spoiled Emma Woodhouse, who tries to play Cupid in the lives of her friends and family, but overestimates considerably his twinning abilities.

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Josh O’Connor, Johnny Flynn, Connor Swindells and Bill Nighy also star in the glorious period piece.


Anya Taylor-Joy plays Emma in the romantic comedy

The favourite

Available on Prime Video and Disney+

If you want Golden age for its balance of drama and humor, then you’ll love The favourite. The period black comedy earned Olivia Colman her first Oscar for her role as the bubbly Queen Anne.

The film examines the relationship between Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her impoverished young cousin Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) as they vie for the title of Queen Anne’s court favourite.


Olivia Colman won an Oscar for her performance in the film

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