In this post, we will share with you 7 of the best historical Netflix shows to watch in UK. Everything from historical events to powerful figures is portrayed in these excellent picks that’ll revitalize your love of historic entertainment. Let’s get started.
Peaky Blinders (2013-)
Our first feature is the one that popularized smoking more than any smoking ad campaign could (seriously, stop smoking). It takes us back to 1900s England after the war, when the gangster family of the Shelbys grows from bookkeeping to owning estates and empires. Building a dynasty of the Shelby family is done by the mastermind, Thomas Shelby, assisted by his brothers and family.
Season 6 is set to premiere in 2022, so get your watchlist ready for the Shelby family in action. It has an IMDb rating of 8.8/10 and features Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, and more.
The Last Czars (2019)
Our next pick is a TV miniseries that takes us through the dynasties of Russia. The Czar dynasty is portrayed to be the one exercising excellence, power, and vanity during the troubling times of the country. The narrative takes us through the fall of the Romanov Dynasty, and the cause behind it.
The cast features Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright, Oliver Dimsdale, and more. It has an IMDb rating of 7.3/10.
The Queen’s Gambit
In 2020, Netflix was making headlines with this show that broke records after records. It features the story of young Beth Harmon, who is orphaned at a very young age. She discovers her hidden talent for the game of chess and battles the professionals in the competition in the 1960s US. Back then, the crowd did not accept female players that well, but Beth proved them wrong with her gift.
Although gifted with talent, her stardom comes with difficulties and challenges stemming from the unjust system and internal repressed family conflicts. It has an IMDb rating of 8.6/10 and features Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, and more.
Mindhunter is said to be a critically underrated feature, which is highly endorsed by true cinema lovers. It is set in the 1970s when two FBI agents interview serial killers to solve some old and open cases. During the narrative, they must use deeper psychological evaluation to turn interrogations into confessions. The series simply takes us on a sociopathic journey through the characters and the stories they tell.
It has an IMDb rating of 8.6/10 and amassed 35 nominations total with 5 wins. The cast features Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and more.
The hunter days in history are well-captured by our next pick. It revolves around the outlaw, Declan Harp, who campaigns to breach Hudson’s Bay because of the fur trade in Canada. Although the historic timeline is mostly relatable to the Canadian audience, it packs the right number of interwoven storylines, followed by flawless acting of the cast.
It has an IMDb rating of 7.2/10 and amassed 19 nominations. The cast features Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, and many others.
This next feature is a biographical flick revolving around one of the Queens of England. The series follows Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as she battled political conflicts and exercised romance in life. As the events unfold before her, she is set to make decisions that shape the future of the 21st century.
It has an IMDb rating of 8.6/10 and amassed 286 nominations total with 135 wins (including 21 Primetime Emmy Awards). It is listed no. 103 under IMDb’s top-rated TV shows. The cast features Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith, and more.
Our last pick of the bunch takes us through the elegant class of England. The story follows Daphne Bridgerton who is the eldest in the Bridgerton family. The part of every girl’s life, growing in the kingdom family, is getting on London’s competitive marriage market. Daphne is subjected to training, events, and gatherings to uplift her family’s honor in meeting the perfect match.
The plans go sideways when none of the suitors inspire her and she immediately bumps into the dashing and desirable Duke of Hastings, Whistledown. As she takes a shine to him, their interests grow from mutual liking to love, as Whistledown aims to bid farewell to his bachelor days. But during this struggle, they come face to face with society’s expectations of them and must go through hell to unite by love and passion.
The feature has an IMDb rating of 7.3/10 and amassed 49 nominations total with 9 wins (including a Primetime Emmy Award). The cast features Phoebe Dynevor, Rege-Jean Page, Nocila Coughlan, and more.
Though there is no shortage of amazing and entertaining content on Netflix, we hope that you will enjoy our picks of the best historical shows.