It looks like 2019 is already shaping up to be a great year for Downton Abbey fans. Not only are we looking forward to the release of the highly anticipated film version of our favourite period drama, and awaiting this summer’s special Downton Abbey concert, but it has now been announced that the show’s creator Julian Fellowes is working on a brand new TV series.
That’s right, ITV have commissioned the man behind Downton Abbey (their most successful show to date) to work on a new series for the channel called, Belgravia.
As the title may suggest, the show’s plot focuses on London’s elite Belgravia area in the 1840s and will be an adaptation of Fellowes’ 2016 novel of the same name. So what can we expect?
Here’s what we know so far…
Belgravia TV show: The plot
Despite the show being set in the 1840s, the story kicks off 25 years prior to this on the eve of Napoleon’s battle against the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo. On 15 June 1815, British society gathers at a ball in Brussels ahead of the battle and it is here we meet our protagonist, Sophia Trenchard.
Sophia is the young and beautiful daughter of Wellington’s chief supplier and that night, her life changes forever. However, it won’t be until decades later when she is living in Belgravia that she starts to feel the true repercussions.
Speaking of the upcoming show, Polly Hall, head of drama at ITV, said: ‘We’re delighted to be reuniting with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Carnival Films to produce Belgravia for ITV. It’s a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart.’
Belgravia TV show: The cast
The show is currently in pre-production with production set to begin in Spring. With that being said, no cast members have been announced yet, but judging by Fellowes track record, we can only expect the best of the best to appear in this drama.
When will it air?
No air date has been announced by ITV yet but we will certainly be keeping our eyes and ears out for any news.