After weeks of rumours, ITV has officially confirmed that they are re-teaming with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes for a six episode adaptation of his novel Belgravia. US cable network Epix is on-board as the co-producer and will air the series state-side.
Belgravia is a story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful evening of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.
The drama series, which is based on the 2016 novel of the same name, is set up at Downton indie Carnival Films. Fellowes himself is adapting the novel for television and he will also serve as an executive producer alongside Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge. Belgravia is being described as limited/event series rather than a returning series. Casting is currently underway, with filming set to commence in the spring. Sense & Sensibility helmer John Alexander is attached to direct. NBCUniversal International Distribution will handle global sales.
“We’re delighted to be reuniting with Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Carnival Films to produce Belgravia for ITV”, said ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the adaptation. “It’s a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London with some wonderful characters spanning two generations at its heart.”
While Carnival Films’s Executive Chaitman Gareth Neame added: “It’s fantastic to be working again with Julian, a master storyteller. In Belgravia he has painted a wonderful backdrop of 19th century society against which intrigue and dynastic power struggles will play out. We are delighted to be partnering with ITV once again and look forward to working with Epix to introduce US audiences to this fantastic event series.”