Harry Richardson and Louisa Jacobson in costume for The Gilded Age

Everything You Need To Know About Julian Fellowes’s ‘The Gilded Age’

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'Power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new. Never the new.’

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From the creators of Downton Abbey, The Gilded Age is gearing up to take over our screens (and lives) in 2022.

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Everything You Need To Know About Julian Fellowes’s ‘The Gilded Age’

Fans of Downton Abbey, Bridgerton and Belgravia can add a new obsession to their watchlist, as The Gilded Age is now live on the small screen. Written by Downton‘s Julian Fellowes and Will & Grace‘s Sonja Warfield, the nineteenth-century period drama promises a glimpse into the lives of those living during the American Gilded Age.

The Gilded Age, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The Gilded Age, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The television series, directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, will take place over nine episodes and feature the likes of Meryl Streep’s daughter Louisa Jacobson, Sex and the City‘s Cynthia Nixon and Mamma Mia‘s Christine Baranski.

Other notable names include Carrie Coon (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Gone Girl), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Morgan Spector (The Plot Against America, Homeland) and Broadway’s Denée Benton (Hamilton).

Plot

Set during a time described as ‘a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost’, The Gilded Age begins in 1882 as Marian Brooks (Jacobson) moves to New York to live with her old money aunts (Nixon and Baranski). She is accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start.

Christine Baranski, Louisa Jacobson, Cynthia Nixon, Denée Benton in costume for The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age, Christine Baranski, Louisa Jacobson, Cynthia Nixon, Denée Benton (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

Marian quickly becomes embroiled in a ‘social war’ between one of her aunts and their new money neighbours, but the questions remains: will she follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

Trailers

The first trailer opens onto the backdrop of nineteenth century New York, led by Christine Baranski’s stage-setting monologue: ‘I need to make one thing clear: power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new. Never the new.’ This rivalry forms the centre of tensions in the series, with the trailer flitting between the sets of neighbours in various social altercations.

Marian’s entrance, which is flanked by scenes showcasing her friendship with Peggy (who appears to have her own reasons for redirecting her life to New York) and encounter with a potential love interest, is marked by the all-encompassing text: ‘In a new world, a new age is about to begin’.

The Gilded Age, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The Gilded Age, Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

The second trailer gives a much more in-depth look into the premise of the show, with more dialogue and insight into character dynamics. The audience gets a closer look into Marian’s relationship with her aunts – ‘Ada is kind, but not clever. Agnes is clever, but not kind.’ – as well as the apparent feud settling between the different generations of American wealth.

Other highlights include a development of Peggy’s character (who reveals she is looking to pursue a career as a writer in the city), new money neighbour George Russell’s (Spector) showing off his apparent ruthlessness as a businessman, and more lovey-dovey scenes between Marian and George’s son, Larry (Harry Richardson).

WATCH

The Gilded Age continues on Sky Atlantic every Tuesday at 2am and 9pm and is available on NOW.

Feature image: The Gilded Age, Harry Richardson and Louisa Jacobson (c) Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

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