It’s been a week since the Poldark series three finale aired and the withdrawals have already kicked in.
Symptoms involve obsessively following the official Poldark Twitter account for news on series four, rewatching gifs of George Warleggan’s entertaining facial expressions and booking a last minute break to Cornwall in an attempt to live like (insert Cornish accent here) proper Cornish folk.
The fourth series isn’t set to air until 2018, which might as well be a lifetime for fans of the hit BBC drama.
Thankfully, Netflix exists to once again save the day and provide a much-needed televisual antidote to the fact that we won’t be seeing Aidan Turner heroically galloping across the cliffs on horseback for a while.
Here are five period dramas on Netflix to fill the Poldark-shaped hole in your life.
North & South
This British miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel follows the Hale family who move from their home in the South of England to an industrial mill town in the North.
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) stars as local mill owner John Thornton, who clashes with Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) – the daughter of a former clergyman – after she witnesses his harsh treatment of his workers.
The four-part series from 2004 explores the social classes and gender discrimination that was prevalent in the industrial Victorian era and has a bit of a Charles Dickens feel to it.
If you loved Colin Firth’s brooding Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice, you’ll enjoy Armitage’s brusque Thornton in this.
Benedict Cumberbatch starred in The Hobbit alongside Richard Armitage but miniseries Parade’s End is about as far as you can get from epic Tolkienesque fantasy.
This five-part World War One drama sees Cumberbatch as aristocrat Christopher, who becomes entangled in a love triangle between his selfish, socialite wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), and the young, free-thinking suffragette Valentine (Adelaide Clemens).
As the war rages across Europe, everyone is affected by the terrible conflict and nobody in Christopher’s elite circle comes out unscathed.
Parade’s End received critical acclaim when it aired on BBC Two in 2012 and it’s considered to be a more intellectual Downton Abbey.
It’s a clever, brilliantly scripted series and Cumberbatch, as always, is superb.
If you’ve never watched The Musketeers, you’re seriously missing out.
Based on Alexandre Dumas’ historical novel, the BBC period drama-action series follows young farm boy d’Artagnan, who joins forces with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the titular three musketeers, as they protect King and country, though not necessarily in that order.
Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles are the perfect swashbuckling heroes, winning as many women’s hearts as they do sword fights.
The best thing about the series is that it never takes itself too seriously and it’s good ol’ fashioned adventurous fun.
All three seasons are available on Netflix now for your binge-watching pleasure.
Before she was a Manchester police detective in the recent BBC drama Into The Dark, MyAnna Buring was a prisoner on the other side of the world in the seven-part series Banished.
Buring plays one-time city girl Elizabeth Quinn, one of many British convicts sent to the first penal colony in Botany Bay, New South Wales in 1788.
Banished is a story of basic human survival in an environment where tensions constantly run high as the convicts live alongside the guards and the few women become sexual objects.
Russell Tovey, Julian Rhind-Thutt, David Wenham and Ewan Bremner also star in this dark but compelling 18th century drama.
Airing on ITV at the beginning of last year, Jericho takes place in a shanty town in the Yorkshire Dales and follows a group of labourers as they build a towering railway viaduct in the hope of bringing prosperity to their families.
Whilst the town of Jericho is fictional, the miniseries is inspired by the construction of the Ribblehead Viaduct, which took four years to build in the 1800s.
Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine is the star of the show as widow and mother Annie Quaintain, who seeks work to provide for her children and subsequently opens up a boarding house in Jericho.
Hans Matheson plays mysterious navvy Johnny Jackson, Annie’s first boarder, whilst Clarke Peters stars as experienced foreman Ralph Coates.
It just didn’t get the ratings when it aired on TV but it will provide you with an engaging period drama fix while you wait for Poldark’s triumphant return.