While Sir Julian Fellowes spent much of his early post-Downton Abbey series days slowly releasing his book in serial format via an online app in weekly installments, Belgravia turned into pretty much what one would expect from a Sir Julian Fellowes effort…complete with secrets, scandals and more drama than the law allows.
How Sir Julian found time to complete the television adaptation is probably worthy of a bit of a DVD extra given the fact there was also this little thing he was working on called Downton Abbey: The Movie which opened in September of this year. Along the way, there was also The Gilded Age for NBC, The English Game for Netflix, Five Arrows (a drama about the Rothschild banking dynasty), as well as a royal drama based on the Queen’s art collection in the queue for later this year.
Secrets, lies & scandals behind the doors of London’s grandest neighbourhood. Created by Julian Fellowes and from the producers of Downton Abbey.
First look of new drama #Belgravia 🎩
Coming in 2020 to @ITV pic.twitter.com/vbEcfJcFDS
— ITV (@ITV) October 23, 2019
London in the 1840s is the ultimate setting for Fellowes’ story of Belgravia which opens on the eve of Napoleon’s battle against the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo in 1815 at a high-society ball in Brussels given by the Duchess of Richmond and attended by many who will go on to lose their lives in the conflict.
Among the guests are James and Anne Trenchard, who are living on the profits of newfound trading success. Their young daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund Bellasis, the son and heir of one of the richest and most prominent families in England.
The bulk of the action in Belgravia takes place 25 years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia. The events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate. The series stars Tamsin Greig, Harriet Walter and Alice Eve, and will tempt Downton Abbey-Nation with a “story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century”.
Produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films, the creators of Downton Abbey, and commissioned by ITV, the six-part Belgravia will air in 2020 on ITV.