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7 shows to fill the Bridgerton’s Duke of Hastings shaped hole in your heart

Harshita Alok Sharma 

Harshita Alok Sharma
Apr 21, 2021

Eight episodes of Bridgerton were enough to make audiences fall in love with the Duke of Hastings. Shonda Rhimes’ Regency-set romance that premiered on Netflix last Christmas featured dreamy romances, swoony accents and elaborate costumes. Those who were entranced by the show could not wait for the second season, but were left heartbroken when it was announced that Regé-Jean Page will not be part of the series anymore.

Page, starring as Simon Bassett - the Duke of Hastings - was easily one of the biggest attractions of the show. The series has been renewed for three new seconds, with the second season in the works, but fans are sure to miss Page. If you’re wondering what to watch to get over your pain of not being able to watch the Duke of Hastings smirk, we have a list of shows that will help you get your fill of Royalty and historical drama/romance. 

1
Poldark
8.5OTTplay Rating
Aidan Turner plays Captain Ross Vennor Poldark in this period romance. After returning to his house from the American War of Independence, he finds his life and affairs in shambles. But when he hires a scullery maid, he discovers a new passion for life. Created by Debbie Horsfield, Poldark has enough romance to keep you hooked for days.
2
Outlander
8.3OTTplay Rating
Time-travel adventure romance series Outlander is the tale of Clare Randall, a World War II nurse who travels back in time to the 18th century where she meets Jamie Frazier. Starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, Outlander is full of notoriously steamy scenes that give serious competition to Simon and Daphne’s tryst.
3
Harlots
Though the three seasons of Harlots feature commoners who are unlike the royalty of Bridgerton, the show will entice you just as much. Set in 19th century London, the series features strong female characters who are sex workers. They are rivals trying to emerge as the leader in the world’s oldest profession. Harlots stars Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay and Eloise Smyth.
4
The Crown
8.7OTTplay Rating
If you haven’t watched The Crown, you should probably start right away. This Queen Elizabeth II-centric Netflix series is a fictionalised historical take on the Windsor family. We won’t say much and let the show’s 10 Emmy and seven Golden Globes speak for themselves.
5
The Spanish Princess
6.5OTTplay Rating
A fictionalised narrative of the early years of King Henry VII’s infamous rule from the perspective of Catherine of Aragon, The Spanish Princess is the show you should turn to be delighted with diversity. When Catherine’s future husband dies, she sets her sights on the dreamy Henry Tudor. The two seasons of this show star Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O’Connor and Laura Carmichael.
6
The Tudors
8.5OTTplay Rating
Created by Michael Hirst, The Tudors highlights the brutal rule of King Henry VII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). The Tudor dynasty takes centre stage and King Henry’s six marriages form the crux of the show. If you find the first season a little slow, stick with it. We really mean it when we say it gets really good.
7
Downton Abbey
7.6OTTplay Rating
Downton Abbey is a must watch if you love Regency dramas. Set in Yorkshire country estate in the early 1900s, the aristocratic Crawley family is grappling with adapting to a changing British social hierarchy in this show. Downton Abbey stars Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael.
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