First look at Netflix's answer to Downton Abbey Bridgerton sees wealthy families compete for plush marriages
THE first look at Bridgerton – Netflix's answer to Downton Abbey – sees wealthy families compete for plush marriages.
The period drama is inspired by Julia Quinns novels and follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market.
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Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled.
But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne.
However, the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) arrives on the scene, committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas.
Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.
The series also stars Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains.
Meanwhile legendary actress Julie Andrews is the voice of Lady Whistledown.
It is the first series from Shonda Rhimes’s Shondaland and has been created by longtime Shonda Rhimes collaborator, Chris Van Dusen, who previously worked on Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
Speaking about the adaptation, author Julia told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year: "I was blown away; it's so good.
"It's not a word-for-word adaptation, and it shouldn't be.
"They're interweaving a few new stories and different stories, but the heart of this season is the story of The Duke and I and how they did it and how they structured it, is just brilliant."
Bridgerton will premiere on Netflix on December 25, Christmas Day.
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