Netflix's raunchy period drama Bridgerton will be returning for a second season, adapted from the second Julia Quinn novel in her best-selling series which will see Jonathan Bridgerton and his quest for a wife becoming the main focus.
But fans of Rege-Jean Page's dashing Duke of Hastings - and his steamy relationship with Phoebe Dynevor's belle-of-the-ball Daphne Bridgerton need not worry, as author Julia has agreed that none of us are ready to say goodbye to him just yet.
Appearing on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday (19th February), Julia revealed there was plenty of material for a second series, and that Anthony would be at the forefront of the next episodes.
"I haven't seen the scripts, I can't tell you exactly what happens but I did write the book it's based on, so I have some idea," the author told host Lorraine Kelly. "I don't think anybody wants to say goodbye to the Duke right now."
The second book is called The Viscount Who Loved Me, which follows Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey in the series, as he enters a complicated love triangle while attempting to secure himself a wife.
Netflix recently confirmed that the series is on course to become one of the streaming platform's top five original series to date.
Discussing the huge success of the show, Julia continued: "I hope people would always like a happy ending. I think that’s what romance novels and this type of series does, but 2020 was such an awful year for basically everyone. To have something finish it off that’s just happy, and a little over the top and brightly coloured and inclusive, it was just kind of what we all needed."
And while she said the adaptation from her best-selling novel wasn't "word for word", she described it as "incredible" and affirmed that the "characters are still absolutely true to who they were. The overall story is absolutely true to what it was."
The drama - set in Regency-era London - followed Rege's Simon Bassett, aka the dreamy duke, as he and Phoebe began unconventional courtship, which then led to many a steamy encounter. The series, from Shondaland, also went against the rigid conventions of typical period dramas with a colour blind cast, and soundtrack of classical interpretations of contemporary pop music.
Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix now.
Lorraine airs on weekday mornings on ITV.
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