Seriously, if you’re one of those who prefer a good period drama (a la Pride & Prejudice) but need a side of scandal to really seal the deal (aka Gossip Girl), we have found your next TV show obsession: Bridgerton.
Produced for Netflix by Shonda Rimes—yup, the one behind Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder & Scandal—the upcoming book-turned-TV-show is already giving us major ~oohh the drama~ vibes, which is, frankly, all we need to press play. Here’s what we know so far:
What is the plot of Bridgerton?
Bridgerton is based on the best-selling book series of the same name by Julia Quinn. A period drama set in England in the early-1800s, the eight books follow the Bridgerton family and all the ups-and-downs of their high society lives and romances. The first season of the show is all set to focus on the first book in Quinn’s series, The Duke And I.
Per the synopsis of the first book, the story is set in the “glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite” where “children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsy before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.”
Intriguing, right? To make things even more fun, the books are narrated by the witty Lady Whistledown, a sharp-tongued high society columnist (think of her as Gossip Girl’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother). Teehee.
What about the cast?
Fans of Younger will recognise actress Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne, while the Duke of Hastings will be played by Regé-Jean Page (For The People).
In February 2020, Dynevor shared her excitement over being a part of the series, posting a photo alongside Page to her Instagram with the caption:
“I can’t quite believe we wrap on Bridgerton in a week. It’s been such a whirlwind seven months, working with the most incredible team of people who have worked their butts off to make this amazing. I still haven’t processed it all. But I’m so bloody grateful. I can’t wait for you to see this show.”
Not to mention, Julie Andrews will be the voice of Lady Whistledown aka the one who will narrate the Bridgertons’ lives and all the salacious stories that come along with their sumptuous world and dramatic power struggles.
When’s the release?
On October 16, Netflix confirmed that the highly anticipated series will premiere on the streaming service on December 25, 2020, making it the ultimate Christmas watch while you’re binging leftovers!
So excitedddd! Swipe through the Instagram carousel below for your first look at Bridgerton.