ITV Commissions ‘Belgravia’ From ‘Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes
ITV has reteamed with the people behind ‘Downton Abbey’ to bring Julian Fellowes’ bestselling novel ‘Belgravia‘ to screen the UK broadcaster has announced.
‘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 6-episode limited series reunites the award-winning creative team behind ‘Downton Abbey’ with Julian Fellowes adapting his bestselling novel for the screen and Carnival Films’s Gareth Neame executive producing alongside Nigel Marchant, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes. John Alexander (‘Sense & Sensibility’) will direct with Colin Wratten (‘Killing Eve’) producing. Casting is currently underway.
“We’re delighted to be reuniting with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Carnival Films to produce Belgravia for ITV,” commented ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “It’s a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart.”
The series, which begins filming in spring 2019, is a co-production with premium cable network, EPIX, who will be airing it in the US.
“It’s fantastic to be working again with Julian, a master storyteller,” adds Carnival’s Gareth Neame “In Belgravia he has painted a wonderful backdrop of 19th century society against which intrigue and dynastic power struggles will play out. We are delighted to be partnering with ITV once again and look forward to working with EPIX to introduce US audiences to this fantastic event series.”
ITV hasn’t given a premiere date for ‘Belgravia‘, but given it only stars filming in Spring, we wouldn’t expect to see it before 2020. We’ll let you know when we hear more.