Casting is currently underway for ITV’s new period drama, Belgravia.
From the makers of Downton Abbey, the six-part series is based on Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ 2016 book of the same name.
The New York Times bestselling novel is set in London in the 1840s, over seven decades before the events of Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey‘s executive producer Gareth Neame recently commented: “…[Julian Fellowes] has painted a wonderful backdrop of 19th century society against which intrigue and dynastic power struggles will play out.”
ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill added: “It’s a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart.”
Belgravia begins filming in England this spring, directed by John Alexander (Sense & Sensibility).
The cast is expected to be announced very soon.
The official synopsis reads: “Belgravia is a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century.
“When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful evening of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.”
The original Belgravia book is available to buy on Amazon.
Belgravia will premiere in late 2019 on ITV in the UK and on American premium cable network EPIX in the USA.
Also coming up this year, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, Netflix drama series The English Game (exploring the origins of football in the late 1800s), NBC’s much-anticipated The Gilded Age series, an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel The Girl On The Landing, Masterpiece movie The Chaperone (reuniting with Downton star Elizabeth McGovern), and Rothschild banking dynasty drama Five Arrows.
The Downton Abbey movie will be released in cinemas around the world in September.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.