If you like the colo­nial era:

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This eight-part mini-se­ries is a bit of a cheat since it fea­tures Bri­tish char­ac­ters ven­tur­ing to the new world, but it comes from the cre­ators of Down­ton Abbey and is a lot of fun. The se­ries fo­cuses on a trio of women — Alice, Ver­ity, and Jo­ce­lyn — who are among the first women to ar­rive at the colony in 1619, and are ex­pected to marry the men who paid for their pas­sage.

Stream it on the Mas­ter­piece Chan­nel on Ama­zon.

Set in East Lon­don in the 1950s, this weepy drama fol­lows a ro­tat­ing group of young mid­wives (which here refers to ob­stet­ric nurses rather than al­ter­na­tive prac­ti­tion­ers) as they de­liver ba­bies, learn lessons and find love. The se­ries al­ter­nates be­tween happy and sad, sweet­ness and tragedy, but even in its dark­est mo­ments it man­ages to make you feel good.

Sea­son 7 airs on PBS Sun­days at 8 ET/PT (times may vary). Stream Sea­sons 1-6 on Net­flix.

If you like crime in your Bri­tish drama:

Like Bri­tan­nia, this ac­tion drama goes pretty far back into Bri­tish his­tory to tell the story of the An­glo-Saxon wars in Eng­land in the ninth cen­tury. Based on the his­tor­i­cal novel se­ries The Saxon Sto­ries, it’s a smartly ex­e­cuted ad­ven­ture that stages great bat­tles and palace in­trigue.

Stream Sea­sons 1-2 on Net­flix.

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