ITV has commissioned Julian Fellowes’ six-part series Belgravia, with U.S. cable network EPIX also on board.
The series will be produced by Carnival Films, which was behind Fellowes’ global hit Downton Abbey. Belgravia reunites the Downton creative team with Fellowes adapting his best-selling novel for the screen and Carnival’s Gareth Neame executive producing alongside Nigel Marchant, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes.
Casting is currently underway and filming begins this spring. John Alexander (Sense & Sensibility) will direct the limited series with Colin Wratten (Killing Eve) producing.
Belgravia focuses on 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.
Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, 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.”
Neame commented: “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 U.S. audiences to this fantastic event series.”