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The Gilded Age: Bridgerton Fans Will Love New Period Drama Starring Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon

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The Gilded Age: Bridgerton Fans Will Love New Period Drama Starring Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is swapping contemporary New York for the 19th century in HBO and Sky's new period drama, The Gilded Age.

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The costume drama also looks like it could be a new favourite amongst Bridgerton fans, with its lush costumes and exuberant period sets.

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The series takes its title from the American Gilded Age, which was a period of massive economic growth as a result of wages increasing as America became more industrialised.

This change lead to huge conflicts between the old ways of doing work and brand new systems, such as technological advancements, and changes in fortune.

The Gilded Age follows Marian as she moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York (Credit: Sky/NOW/HBO)
The Gilded Age follows Marian as she moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York (Credit: Sky/NOW/HBO)

The Gilded Age is set against the backdrop of this transformation. The story begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her "old money" aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).

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Marian also moves to the Big Apple with Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start.

The Pennsylvania native soon becomes embroiled in a social war between one of her aunts and her rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon).

The Gilded Age is about the conflict between old money and new money (Credit: Sky/NOW/HBO)
The Gilded Age is about the conflict between old money and new money (Credit: Sky/NOW/HBO)

Marian becomes torn between two worlds, one of old money and the other on the brink of the modern age. 

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The nine-episode series reunites the creative team behind the award-winning Downton Abbey. Writer and creator Julian Fellowes, executive producer Gareth Name and director Michael Engler all worked on The Gilded Age as well as the popular ITV series, and its feature film adaption. 

The Gilded Age will debut on HBO in the US on 24th January.

The Gilded Age is coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on 25th January 2022.

Featured Image Credit: Sky/HBO

Topics: TV And Film, Sky

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