UPDATED: 13/04/2021 - spoilers ahead
Prepare for a new social season scattered with swooning debutantes because Netflix has officially confirmed that Regency-era drama Bridgerton will be back for seasons three and four.
In true Bridgerton tradition, Lady Whistledown had her say on the exciting news: 'This author shall have to purchase more ink,' quipped the character, who was revealed to be the secret identity of Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) at the end of season one. See below for a special edition of her Society Paper:
With production currently underway on Season two — sadly not including Regé-Jean Page, who recently announced he will not be reprising his role as the Duke of Hastings — it seems we won't have long to wait for more high court drama, with the second series focusing on Anthony Bridgerton's (played by Johnathon Bailey) hunt for a suitable wife.
After the second series was commissioned, Netflix told Radio Times.com, in the guise of Lady Whistledown: 'This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen to report on any and all of his romantic activities.'
Bridgerton Seasons 3 and 4: What will they be about?
Based on the second book of author Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, it stands to reason that seasons three and four will follow a similar pattern — in which case the third and fourth series will likely focus on their counterparts in Quinn's eight-part series: An Offer From A Gentleman and Romancing Mister Bridgerton.
Season two will also see the arrival of Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley from Sex Education), a brand new love interest of Anthony Bridgerton and a fresh character for the show.
'Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included,' Netflix revealed on Instagram.
And author Julia Quinn is thrilled with the casting too, writing on Instagram: 'We have our Kate! Welcome to #Bridgerton, @simoneasshley! I couldn’t dream of a more perfect Kate. I mean, just LOOK at her expression in that first photo!'
Shonda Rhimes' adaptation of Quinn's book series Bridgerton was arguably the biggest show on telly this Christmas... if Netflix technically counts as telly that is.
The quirky costume drama was an instant hit across the board and if you didn't watch all eight episodes in one go, well, then you have more restraint than us.
Set in 1813 Regency England, everything in series one was to die for; the humour, the costumes, the scandals and, of course, the heartthrobs.
Bridgerton Season 2: everything we know so far
Bridgerton's renewal for season two was confirmed by the streaming giant earlier this year, with production now officially under way.
Prior to the announcement, Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls), who plays everyone's favourite, Penelope Featherington, told Variety: 'We all really hope [that Bridgerton will be renewed]. It’s a real joy to make and the response has been beyond our wildest dreams. But until the Netflix gods come down and bless us, we don’t know.'
There are eight books in the series, with season one of the show mostly drawing from the first book The Duke and I, so there's plenty more of the Bridgerton family story to be told.
Bridgerton Season 2: when will it be released?
With production scheduled to begin this spring, we can expect a second season in early 2022.
All but one scene of season one filming was wrapped by February of 2020, so the show didn't have to tackle those spectacular ball scenes and hundreds of cast and crew under social distancing restrictions, so filming might take longer this time around.
Netflix shows often come out around the same time each year but as season one was well underway this time last year, a Christmas release is unlikely for season two.
Bridgerton Season 2: What will happen?
There are eight books in Julia Quinn's series, each focusing on one of the alphabetically named Bridgerton siblings: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth; though not in that order.
While season one mostly draws from the first book The Duke and I, season two will focus on the second book The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is about eldest brother Anthony [played by Jonathan Bailey], the girl he intends to marry, and her meddling half-sister.
Nicola Coughlan [Penelope] told Variety that's what she hopes to see, saying: 'If it goes the way the books go, logically season two would be more about Anthony Bridgerton’s story and I’d love that because it would make the show so fresh and a totally different perspective. Anthony’s such a different character to Daphne.'
Bridgerton Season 2: How many series of Bridgerton could there be?
Aside from our leading couple, we've got to know and been invested in Eloise, Anthony, Benedict and Colin Bridgerton in season one, as well as Penelope Featherington aka Lady Whistledown, so it makes sense the show will continue to explore these characters in future series — especially now we know Bridgerton has been confirmed for its third and fourth seasons! It's likely we'll also get to see more of the younger Bridgertons, now that Francesca is back from a summer playing piano, and Hyacinth and Gregory will start to get older as the series goes on.
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen told The Wrap: 'There are eight books, they are about eight siblings. And in success, I would love to be able to explore stories and romances for every Bridgerton sibling. Of course, I would love to be able to do that.'
Eight series of Bridgerton? It's looking more and more likely by the day!
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