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Watch these immersive period dramas

Escape to another era for a couple of hours

Want to escape reality for a couple of hours? How about transporting yourself to another era? With sumptuous costumes, stunning sets and fascinating historical detail, there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a great period drama. The good news is, we’ve got loads of them to look forward to at Vue…

Downton Abbey: A New Era (At Vue now)

What’s the (historical) story?
The Crawleys return. New era. Same charming and comforting escapism.

Be transported to…
Late 1920s England…and the *ultra* glamorous French Riviera. Everyone’s favourite aristocrats are back, and this time they’re off on their holidays. If you thought life at Downton was glitzy, just wait until they get to the South of France.

See it for…
Feel-good vibes, humour and great historical detail. "The further the '20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways,” says Downton creator Julian Fellows. The fashion, while as fabulous as ever, reflects changing attitudes — so you’ll spot Lady Edith in trousers for the first time.

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Elvis (At Vue 24 June)

What’s the (historical) story?
The ultimate biopic of the King of Rock and Roll

Be transported to…
The time when rock and roll was first born. This musical biopic spans 20 years of Elvis’ life, from his rise to fame to his crazy and unprecedented stardom. Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) directs — so expect plenty of spectacle.

See it for…
Authentic hip thrusts, mutton chops and vocals. Austin Butler beat out some serious competition for the role (including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles) and he’s certainly put in the work — he spent a year voice coaching before filming even started, to sound like the legend.

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The Railway Children Return (At Vue 15 July)

What’s the (historical) story?
Your favourite childhood film finally gets a sequel

Be transported to…
The English countryside in WWII. Set 40 years after the original, Jenny Agutter returns to her iconic role of Bobbie, this time helping a new set of railway children, sent by their mother to live in a Yorkshire village during the war.

See it for…
Nostalgia, comfort and gorgeous scenery. Shot on location in West Yorkshire, the film features many of the locations from the original — including Haworth, The Bronte Passage, and Oakworth station, complete with vintage steam trains.

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The Woman King (At Vue 16 September)

What’s the (historical) story?
Viola Davis portrays a fearless female warrior in a tale of West African history.

Be transported to…
The Kingdom of Dahomey — one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. An historical epic inspired by true events, this tells the story of an all female military unit, with Viola Davies playing their fearless leader.

See it for…
Thrilling action and great characters. "I'm deeply honoured and excited to bring this incredible story of these badass female warriors to life,” says Davies — who is joined by an incredible cast, including Lashana Lynch and John Boyega. Plus, Beyonce is on the soundtrack.

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Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris (At Vue 30 September)

What’s the (historical) story?
A housekeeper goes high-fashion in this heart warming tale.

Be transported to…
Paris in the 1950s. I mean, who *wouldn’t* want to go there? After falling in love with a dress she can’t afford (we’ve all been there), war widow and cleaner Mrs Harris (Leslie Manville) saves all her pennies and travels to the city of lights to get said Dior gown. But that’s just the beginning of her adventure.

See it for…
An utterly charming story — and wonderful vintage fashion, obviously. Dior have collaborated on the film, meaning you can expect some amazing — and authentic – gowns.

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White Bird: A Wonder Story (At Vue 14 October)

What’s the (historical) story?
A harrowing but inspiring tale of survival in WWII.

Be transported to…
A powerful moment in European history. Helen Mirren stars as a woman recounting her childhood in Nazi-occupied France – where she and a schoolfriend go into hiding, and a young man risks everything to help them survive.

See it for…
A super emotional story – and a reminder of the power of human kindness.