Napoleonic Wars Costume Drama “Belgravia” Next Up for Julian Fellowes

The Gilded Age and Downton Abbey the movie are not the only projects Julian Fellowes is working on. He’s announced several new projects over the last year, the newest of which is another series for ITV (and PBS I’d assume): Belgravia. As Deadline reports:

The series is set in the 19th Century, around seventy years before Downton, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders the emerging industrial nouveau riche. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when the Duchess of Richmond throws a party in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. … Twenty-five years later, when the two families are settled into the newly developed area of Belgravia, the events of the ball, and the secrets, still resonate.

This era has long been fertile ground for period drama creators. No era has been depicted on the screen as frequently as the United Kingdom circa 1800 to 1850. Many of our favorite period dramas depict events within this epoch – from the Napoleonic Wars (Vanity Fair) to the coming of the railroad (Lark Rise to Candleford) to the many society dramas featuring a clash of nouveau riche industrialists and diminished blue blood families (North and South).

Part of the beauty of period dramas is the escapism that beckons when lively characters, immersive costumes, and gorgeous settings whisk us away to another time and place. A well-made period drama is about as close as we’ll ever get to time travel. Julian Fellowes creates series with a very particular flavor – saccharine nostalgia and noblesse oblige – but he also creates beautiful costume dramas and complex characters that make his stuff must see TV.

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