Netflix has announced an exciting new period drama which not only is an adaptation of a bestselling novel, but will act as the streaming service’s first of a series of upcoming projects with Shonda Rhimes and her production company Shondaland.
The drama, titled Bridgerton, is based on American author Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Family series and is set to fill the Downton Abbey–shaped hole in our hearts when it debuts in 2020. But what exactly can we expect to see from it?
While it is fair to say that anything Shoda Rhimes touches turns into to TV gold (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, to name just a few), there are plenty of other factors making Bridgerton highly anticipated. For starters, it will feature a rare small-screen appearance from Dame Julie Andrews who will narrate the series. And then there is, of course, the small matter of the plot.
Here is everything we know so far about Bridgerton…
What is Bridgerton about?
The show’s official Netlfix summary reads: ‘Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. 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.’
Consider us hooked already.
Who has been cast?
First and foremost, Dame Julie Andrews has been confirmed to provide the voice of a character named Lady Whistledown, who narrates the story. Netflix has described her as a ‘mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer [who] uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813 into an all-out frenzy.’
Meanwhile the show’s protagonist Daphne Bridgerton, ‘the picture-perfect young debutante [who] has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart’ will be played by Dickensian star Phoebe Dynevor. And For the People’s Regé-Jean Page will take on the role of her love interest Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings who ‘has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.’
Other key members of the cast include Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlan, Silent Witness’ Golda Rosheuvel and Broadchurch’s Jonathan Bailey.
When will it air?
No air date has been released for Bridgerton just yet but Netflix has announced that it will be coming in 2020.