a drama set in a particular historical period
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How to use period drama in a sentence
I think the worst thing you can do to the past is turn it into period drama—as much as I like Downton Abbey.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance | Tim Teeman | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Pejic is now taking on his most foreign role yet: as "Radu," in the Turkish period drama Fatih.Kate Moss Joins Vogue as Contributing Fashion Editor; David Bowie Crowned Most Stylish Briton | The Fashion Beast Team | October 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Interestingly, NBC has its own 1960s-set period drama with Playboy.
Longtime viewers will recall that the original aired on ITV, now the home to period drama rival Downton Abbey.
Starring Damian Lewis and Gina McKee, it's a sumptuous and lush period drama about thwarted desire and the chains of matrimony.