(Pocket-lint) - Olivia Coleman took the throne in The Crown when it returned for its third season, but what should you watch when you've finished her glorious reign?

Pocket-lint has curated list of recommended shows that should happily sate the appetite of The Crown's loyal subjects when you're stuck inside, from services including Amazon Prime and Netflix to free services like BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub.

Here are some of the best shows to watch if you're a Crown lover.

Peaky Blinders

  • Where: BBC iPlayer / Netflix
  • When: Available now until 24 March

Like The Crown, Peaky Blinders is an epic, historical series based on true events. However, the drama about a Birmingham gang is heavily fictionalised too, which makes it compelling viewing. Cillian Murphy is superb as Thomas Shelby, head of the Peaky Blinders crime syndicate, while Helen McCrory as excels as Aunt Polly. However, for us it is Paul Anderson's portrayal of Arthur Shelby that steals the show.

Season 1 to 4 is available on Netflix and you can watch the latest season - season 5 - on BBC iPlayer until 24 March.

Downton Abbey

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

With six series and a more recent film under its belt, Downton Abbey is more than a historical drama, it is now an institution in its own right. You can catch up with all the episodes and the topsy turvy lives of the Crawley family with an Amazon Prime Video account.


Call the Midwife

  • Where: Netflix / BBC iPlayer
  • When: Available now

Created by Heidi Thomas, Call the Midwife is a period drama set in the 1950s in East London. There are seven seasons on Netflix following a newly qualified midwife and her colleagues at a nursing covent. You can also watch all seven seasons and the latest eighth season on BBC iPlayer.


The Trial of Christine Keeler

  • Where: BBC iPlayer
  • When: Available now

Directed by Andrea Harkin, The Trial of Christine Keeler looks at the chain of events in the 1960s which became known as "The ProfumoAffair", which forced Prime Minister Macmillan to resign. The series is available on both BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video.

Mary Queen of Scots

  • Where: Rakuten TV
  • When: Available to buy now

This 2018 movie explores the relationship of cousins Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth, and the plot by the Northern Earls to depose the latter to put the beloved Queen of Scots on the throne. The story is highlighted by excellent performances from Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I.


Mad Men

  • Where: Netflix
  • When: Available now

Created by Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is a seven-season drama about a prestigious New York ad agency in the 1960s. The series follows one of the company's to ad executives Donald Draper and it's brilliant. The cast includes Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returned recently for a third season, so it's a good time to catch up. Set in 1958, it follows upper middle-class go-getter Miriam "Midge" Maisel as she embarks on a stand-up career - but not to everyone's liking.

World on Fire

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available to buy now

Starring Julia Brown, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Sean Bean, World on Fire is a gripping mini-series set during the start of World War II. It shows its impact on the ordinary lives of people across affected countries, including the UK, France and Poland. A second series has been confirmed too. 

The Tudors

  • Where: Amazon Prime Video
  • When: Available now

The Tudors is one of the best, grittiest historical dramas to have been made in recent times. Lasting four seasons, every episode is available on Amazon Prime Video for you to binge your way through. A warning though, the action starring Jonathan Rhys Myers (as a young Henry VIII) and Henry Cavill gets a bit spicy at times.

Writing by Rik Henderson.
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