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 later this year. 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, W1A's Jonathan Bailey, Line of Duty's Polly Walker, 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 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."
The show was filmed on location in London, Bath and Somerset.
Who stars in Bridgerton?
As well as Nicola, Jonathan, Polly and Claudia, the cast also features the likes of Phoebe Dynevor (Younger, Dickensian), Jonathan Bailey (W1A, Broadchurch), Luke Newton (The Lodge, The Cut), Claudia Jessie (Vanity Fair, Doctor Who), Luke Thompson (Dunkirk, Hamlet), Will Tilston (Goodbye Christopher Robin), Florence Hunt (Cursed), Ruby Stokes (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Ruth Gemmell (Deep State, Penny Dreadful).
When did Netflix announce Bridgerton?
Netflix revealed they had commissioned the show back in July 2018 with Shonda as producer and Chris Van Dusen (Grey's Anatomy writer) as show runner. Filming started in July 2019.
When will Bridgerton be on TV?
There's no official release date from Netflix yet, but it's scheduled to drop before the end of the year. Watch this space.
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