If you’re a die-hard Downton Abbey fan and can’t wait for the full-length feature film, then reading Belgravia ahead of its adaptation release might be exactly what you need!
Written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes, Belgravia began as a serial in the style of Dickens, with parts appearing weekly online and through an app, though I read it once it had been published as a single novel. The story’s catalyst is the infamous ball that happened the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. 25 years later, the repercussions of that night began to unravel as old money clashes with new. It’s been a long time since I read the book, so I don’t have a full review to share but I do recall being taken aback by how much I enjoyed Belgravia. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction and don’t have much interest in anything like Downton Abbey, but Belgravia hooked me. I loved finding out all the secrets and scandals!
Filming is currently underway, with Alice Eve, Tasmin Greig and Philip Glenister staring in some of the central roles. You can get a sneak peek at them in costume in the first on-set images from the show here. While we don’t know when the show will premiere, it has been announced that it will be a six-part miniseries.
Have you read Belgravia? Will you tune in to the series?