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Netflix's 'Bridgerton' Is Giving Us Serious 'Downton Abbey' Vibes

Netflix's 'Bridgerton' Is Giving Us Serious 'Downton Abbey' Vibes

We don't know about you, but ever since Downton Abbey came to an end, we've found there hasn't been anything quite as warm, fuzzy and wholesome to fill the void.

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So, when we saw Netflix was developing a new period drama named Bridgerton, we were *seriously* excited.

Based on the love novels of best-selling author Julia Quinn, the series is set to look at "wealth, lust and betrayal," all based "In the backdrop of Regency era England".

Told through the eyes of the rich and powerful Bridgerton family, the first season will be based on Quinn's book, 'The Duke and I' - which is the first in a series of eight - and will follow the family's lives in their stately countryside home.

Honing in on the lives of all eight Bridgerton children: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth, the books look at their romantic entanglements and at times tense family dynamics.

Sound familiar?

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The series will fill the 'Downton' shaped hole in your life (Credit: BBC)
The series will fill the 'Downton' shaped hole in your life (Credit: BBC)

Needless to say, Netflix hit has pulled in a stellar cast, too.

Not only is Mary Poppins legend Julie Andrews narrating the series, taking up the role of gossip columnist Lady Whistletown, but Broadchurch favourite Jonathan Bailey is appearing as Anthony, alongside Derry Girls' Nicola Coughlan, who stars as Penelope Featherington, a member of the other elite family in town.

Also to star is Florence Hunt as Hyacinth, Claudia Jessie (Vanity Fair) as Eloise, Ruby Stokes as Francesca, Luke Thompson as Benedict, Will Tilston as Gregory and Luke Newton (The Lodge) as Colin.

Harriet Cains joins as Philippa, Bessie Carter as Prudence, Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show) as Lord Featherington and Polly Walker (Rome) as Lady Portia.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Dynevor (Younger), is taking up the lead as Daphne, Rege-Jean Page (For The People), is taking up the role of Simon.

Julie Andrews is set to appear (Credit: PA)
Julie Andrews is set to appear (Credit: PA)

Oh, and let's not forget the screenrunner, Shona Rhimes, is also one of the best in the business, having previously worked on Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

The book it is based on, 'The Duke and I' centres around Daphne and her love interest Simon Basset, who come to an arrangement to marry and pretend to be a couple in order to stop his mother nagging him.

However, inevitably it isn't all plain sailing, and along the way Daphne realises her feelings may not be so fake after all.

What follows next is her mission to make their fake romance the real deal. But will Simon be interested?

Bridgerton is based on the Julia Quinn novel (Credit: Julia Quinn/ Harper Collins)
Bridgerton is based on the Julia Quinn novel (Credit: Julia Quinn/ Harper Collins)

While we don't yet have a release date for the series, we know it is coming early this year.

And Netflix is so confident it's going to be a corker that it's already reported to have been renewed for series 2. Yaaas.

We'll update you as soon as we know more.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix, Downton Abbey

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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