ITV’s upcoming adaptation of Belgravia has assembled a wonderful cast of British acting talent.
From the makers of Downton Abbey, the six-part mini-series is based on Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ book of the same name.
Set in London in the 1840s, over seven decades before the events of Downton Abbey, the New York Times bestselling novel was published in 2016.
Belgravia began filming earlier this year at Victorian locations across London and the home counties, Edinburgh, Bath and Northumberland.
The series is directed by John Alexander (Sense & Sensibility) with Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame overseeing the production.
Leading the cast will be Tamsin Greig, best known for Episodes and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Philip Glenister, who starred as Gene Hunt in both Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.
They’ll be joined by Alice Eve (She’s Out Of My League), Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children), Richard Goulding (The Windsors), Adam James (Band of Brothers), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner), Saskia Reeves (Luther) and James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley).
Harriet Walter, who’ll be familiar to Downton Abbey fans as Henry Talbot’s aunt Prudence Shackleton, is also amongst the cast.
Belgravia is expected to premiere on ITV in the UK later this year and on American premium cable network EPIX in the US at a later date.
The official synopsis reads: “Belgravia is a story of secrets and scandals 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 eve 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 neighbourhood. ”
With the Downton Abbey movie in cinemas around the world now, Julian Fellowes has had a busy year!
The award-winnning writer is also working on NBC’s much-anticipated The Gilded Age series, an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel The Girl On The Landing, Rothschild banking dynasty drama Five Arrows, and Netflix drama series The English Game, which will explore the origins of football in the late 1800s.
The Downton Abbey movie is available to pre-order on DVD on Amazon.