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TV history is replete with acclaimed period drama – from historical biographies like Wolf Hall to romantic sagas like Sanditon – but which deserves to claim the title of the best ever?

In Radio Times' new video and podcast series The Best Ever, guests from the worlds of TV, Film and Entertainment will be tackling some of pop culture's biggest conversation points.

From action movies to TV detectives, we'll be asking... which truly was the best ever?

In this latest episode, Poldark star Ruby Bentall and historian Dan Snow (Creative Director, History Hit TV) join the panel to argue their picks for the Best Ever Period Drama.

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Hosted by Morgan Jeffery (Executive Editor,, The Best Ever will see a different line-up of guests go head-to-head each week – expect strong opinions, fiery debate and big laughs as the panel compete to pick up the coveted Best Ever trophy.

This week, Ruby and Dan are joined by Katelyn Mensah, Entertainment & Factual Writer – as each make their case for why their favourite period show should be top of any list.

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Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma and Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in Bridgerton. Liam Daniel/Netflix

Ruby is hoping to quash the opposition with her argument that there's no finer example of the genre than the BBC's 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by writer Andrew Davies, featuring iconic performances from Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Meanwhile, Dan is going to bat for another Davies-penned drama, the BBC's 2016 version of Tolstoy's epic tome War & Peace, while Katelyn is hoping the modern sensibilities of Netflix's Bridgerton will be enough to secure her the coveted Best Ever trophy.

Did you agree with the verdict? What do you think is the Best Ever Period Drama? Let us know on X @radiotimes using the hashtag #TheBestEver.

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Join us again next Thursday (14th March) as we debate The Best Ever TV Comedy – stand-up comedian Dane Baptiste argues that The Simpsons is TV's greatest sitcom, but will he be crowned King of Comedy?

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