New Costume Movie/TV Shows: Trailer Round-up, Early 2016 Style!


Here are all the upcoming historical costume movies and TV shows for winter and spring that have a trailer! As always, we’re tracking these and more on our Upcoming Movies page.

Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman in a Western. In theaters January 29, 2016.

Dad’s Army

The British Home Guard (older men who volunteered to defend the home front, if needed) during World War II. Starring Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In theaters February 5.

Hail, Caesar!

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, and many more. In theaters February 5.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Jane Austen + zombies, starring Lily James, Lena Heady, and Matt Smith — check out our preview. In theaters February 5.


Season 4 begins February 18 on the History channel.


Donald and Kiefer Sutherland star in a western. In theaters February 19.

Gods of Egypt

A common thief joins a mythical god on a quest through Egypt. Starring Gerard Butler. In theaters February 26.

The Witch

Horror movie about ”a Puritan farmer and his family who have been exiled to live in the wilderness.” In theaters February 26.

Of Kings and Prophets

”A biblical drama centered around a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet, and a resourceful young shepherd.” Begins March 8 on ABC.


A group of slaves plan a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Begins March 9 on WGN.

Queen of the Desert

Nicole Kidman stars in this biopic about Gertrude Bell, “traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.” FINALLY coming to theaters sometime in March.


Season 2 will start in March or April on Starz. There have been two trailers so far, we posted about the first one, here’s a more recent one:

Tale of Tales

Three stories based on early 17th-century fairy tales. It’s been making the film festival circuit for a while, now it will be released for streaming in the US on April 22.

The Legend of Tarzan

“Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.” With Christoph Waltz, Alexander Skarsgård, and more. Coming to theaters July 1.

Unknown Release Dates

Mostly British productions that we’re eagerly awaiting in the US:

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie adaptation starring Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, and more. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.


“What really happened during Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.” Helen McCrory plays Elizabeth I. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

The Crown

Claire Foy as Elizabeth II, from her reign to the present day. Coming sometime this year to Netflix.


BBC TV miniseries, of 20 half-hour episodes, where Charles Dickens’ characters such as Mr. Micawber, Scrooge, and Oliver Twist break free from their books and run into each other. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

Elvis & Nixon

A recreation of the meeting at the White House between Elvis Presley and President Nixon.

The Frankenstein Chronicles

“Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th-century London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead.” Sean Bean stars. Coming sometime this year to A&E.

The Go-Between

An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

Houdini and Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini as an odd couple pair of super sleuths. Coming sometime this year to Fox.

An Inspector Calls

“A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.” Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

Jekyll and Hyde

A sequel to the classic novel, set in the 1930s. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.


Set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the ITV Studios drama will focus upon the shantytown of Jericho, created in the shadow of the viaduct its inhabitants have been brought together to build. We’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

We’ve reviewed it already. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

Life in Squares

An intimate and emotional drama for BBC Two about the revolutionary Bloomsbury group. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.

The Scandalous Lady W

We’ve reviewed it already. BBC TV movie starring Natalie Dormer as Lady Seymour Worsley, the English wife whose very virtue was put on trial in a 1782 court case that shocked the country. She left her husband for another man. Released in 2015 in the UK, we’re hoping for a 2016 US release.


The early days of Louis XIV’s kingship and the building of Versailles — check out our preview. Coming to TV sometime this year!

Which one are you looking forward to?


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

8 Responses

  1. Michael McQuown

    Dad’s Army was an old BBC series. I suspect “An Inspector Calls” is a remake. I may be wrong, but I think Alastair Sim was in the original. The Brits, never ones to make too much of a good thing, had produced a drama series called “The Secret Army,” about the escape line for downed Allied flyers, then turned around and parodied it in “‘Allo, ‘Allo.”
    Tarzan, Houdini and Doyle, and Versailles, I think. Here’s an interesting oddity: Lord Greystoke was Tarzan’s real-world title. Greystoke was also one of the most violent and notorious of the Border towns during the 300 years of strife and storm. One of the most notorious families was Burn, also spelled Bourne.

  2. Karen

    Jekyll and Hyde is playing on CBC in Canada on Monday nights. It began on January 11/2016…I actually haven’t watched it as I have been watching War and Peace on Mondays.

  3. Janette

    Not a new series but a repeat of a very old one for the lucky Brits. I noticed in the news that the BBC are repeating The Pallisers, (1971) in a lunchtime slot. It is the “daddy” of all costume dramas and responsible for my teenage obsession with historical costume back when it was first shown in Oz. I recommend it highly to anyone with the chance to watch it.

  4. mishkagora

    Just watched that trailer for Vikings. What on earth is going on with those costumes? They’re wearing sixteenth century burgonets (helmets)… amongst other travesties!

      • mishkagora

        My husband and I – we met at a historical swordsmanship class – would be happy to review it but it probably won’t come out in Australia until next decade!


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