Belgravia: All you need to know about Julian Fellowes’ new period drama

The Downton Abbey creator could have a new hit series on his hands in the shape of Belgravia, an adaptation of his own novel about secrets and dishonour in 1840s London.

Downton Abbey devotees are in for an exciting year.

Not only is the film of the ITV period drama opening later this year, but it will be followed by creator Julian Fellowes' next big hit - an adaptation of his novel Belgravia. 

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Here’s all you need to know about the adaptation of his novel for ITV.

When is Belgravia on TV?

It’s only just been announced that Belgravia is being made into a series for ITV, with filming expected to commence in spring 2019.

The earliest we’d expect it to air would be at the end of 2019, but it looks as though the six-part series will be worth the wait.

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What is it about?

Belgravia is a best-selling novel by Julian Fellowes, which he has adapted into a series for ITV.

The award-winning Downton Abbey producer is back in his specialist genre of posh period drama for the new series, which is set in the affluent London district in the 1840s.

Billed as “a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century”, Belgravia sounds as though it will be packed with as much intrigue as as Downton itself.

It focuses on the Trenchards, a family invited to the now-legendary ball of the Duchess of Richmond, held on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

What happens that evening will set in motion events that resonate for decades to come, as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of the grand houses of Belgravia in the 1840s.

Fellowes will be reuniting with his Downton Abbey team, which includes Carnival Films and producer Gareth Neame.

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ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, said: "We're delighted to be reuniting with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Carnival Films to produce Belgravia for ITV. It's a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart."

Casting is currently underway, with the stars of the series set to be announced soon.

What’s happening with the Downton Abbey film?

Good news, Downton fans – the film is almost within touching distance as it’s due to be released on September 13, 2019.

We’ll be catching up with many of our favourites from the Crawley family, although Lily James has said she won’t be a part of it as there’s no place in the storyline for Lady Rose.

Dame Maggie Smith, however, is part of the cast as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, despite having previously said that making a film would feel like “squeezing it dry”.

The plot is still being kept secret at the moment, although Allen Leech - driver turned estate manager Tom Branson - has teased that his character will get the ending he deserves and that it will be the perfect way to say goodbye.

What else has Julian Fellowes written?

Of course, Julian Fellowes is most famous for Downton Abbey, but he’s also been behind a number of huge hits.

His film scripts have included Gosford Park (for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), The Young Victoria, and an adaptation of Vanity Fair, while his other TV credits include Titanic and forthcoming series The Gilded Age, set in bustling 1880s New York.

As well as Belgravia, his published novels include Snobs and Past Imperfect.

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