Julian Fellowes’ football drama ‘The English Game’ kicks off filming soon

Production is set to begin very soon on Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes’ latest drama series.

The Oscar-winning English screenwriter has teamed up with Netflix to produce a new period drama exploring the origins of football.

Set in the late 1800s, the limited mini-series was first announced last May and is titled The English Game.

The six 60-minute episodes will be filming in the north of England.

Casting is expected to be revealed shortly.

The English Game will “delve into how the sport crossed class lines and became a worldwide phenomenon despite its humble beginnings on the pitch at London’s Limes Field.”

In addition to The English Game, Julian Fellowes also has the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, an adaptation of his novel Belgravia for ITV, 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 English Game will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world later this year.

The Downton Abbey movie be released in cinemas worldwide this September.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.