Bridgerton: First Look

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Still dream of the Gossip Girl glory days? Downtown Abbey devotee? We’ve got just the ticket for your December calendar. Bridgerton – which drops on Netflix on Christmas Day – is being dubbed a cross between the two iconic shows, starring none other than Julie Andrews as the scathing narrator.


Bridgerton signals a move to Netflix for producer Shonda Rhimes, the TV powerhouse behind ABC programmes like Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. It’s based on Julia Quinn’s mega-popular book series of the same name – which now has fans all over the world, having been translated into 32 languages.


Set in Regency England, the drama follows Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor, who you may know as Clare in Younger), the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton family, as she navigates her way around the competitive marriage market. Initially her prospects appear unrivalled, but it’s not long before her over-protective brother (Jonathan Bailey) begins to rule out potential suitors. Then the rebellious Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) appears on the scene, and – despite proclaiming they want nothing the other has to offer – sparks start to fly between the two.


The Gossip Girl-esque figure in all this is sharp-tongued columnist Lady Whistledown (voiced by Andrews), who “uses a curious mix of social commentary and insult to send the season of 1813’s town into an all-out frenzy.”


Andrews stars alongside Derry Girls’ Nicole Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, a young girl who has been born into a family who doesn’t understand her, as well as Line of Duty‘s Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington, an ambitious mother who is determined to get her daughters married off to the finest suitors. Silent Witness‘ Golda Rosheuvel, meanwhile, plays society gossip and tastemaker Queen Charlotte. Also featuring in the line-up: Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Claudia Jessie, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains, among others. Here’s the trailer to get you even more excited.

Bridgerton launches on Netflix on 25 December


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