If you never missed an episode of Downton Abbey, then we've got a sneaky feeling Netflix's upcoming period drama Bridgerton is going to become your new TV obsession when it drops on Christmas Day. Based on Julia Quinn's bestselling novels, this series unfolds in the "sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society," according to the streaming giant.
It's got a pretty major ensemble cast that features the likes of Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, Silent Witness star Adjoa Andoh, W1A's Jonathan Bailey, Line of Duty's Polly Walker, Wolfblood's Ruby Barker and Vanity Fair's Claudia Jessie. Meanwhile, Julie Andrews will serve as the show narrator, Lady Whistledown. Bridgerton is also the first Netflix production for Grey's Anatomy creator (and all-round TV genius) Shonda Rhimes, who left US TV network ABC in 2017 after 15 years.
Here's everything else we know about Netflix's Bridgerton...
What is Netflix's Bridgerton about?
The series is based on a series of historical romance novels written by Julia Quinn and focuses on, you guessed it, the Bridgerton family.
The official synopsis reads: "From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.
"At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love."
Who stars in Bridgerton?
As well as Nicola, Adjoa, Ruby, Jonathan, Polly and Claudia, you'll also see the likes of Phoebe Dynevor (Younger, Dickensian), Jason Barnett (Agatha Raisin, Lee and Dean) Luke Newton (The Lodge, The Cut) and Regé-Jean Page (For The People, Waterloo Road) in the show.
Golda Rosheuvel (Silent Witness, Luther) and Luke Thompson (Dunkirk, Hamlet) also star alongside Will Tilston (Goodbye Christopher Robin), Florence Hunt (Cursed), Ruby Stokes (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Ruth Gemmell (Deep State, Penny Dreadful).
Is there a trailer for Bridgerton?
We don't have a trailer yet but we do have lots of lovely first-look images of the cast looking very fine and fabulous in costume.
When did Netflix announce Bridgerton?
Netflix revealed they had commissioned the show back in July 2018 with Shondaland's Chris Van Dusen (Scandal and Grey's Anatomy writer) as show creator and show runner. Filming started in July 2019.
When will Bridgerton be on TV?
Bridgerton is landing on Netflix on Christmas Day, so make sure you have a big glass of Bailey's in your hand and plenty of mince pies to snack on before you hit play.
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