Friday, February 8, 2019

Epix Picks Up Limited Series 'Belgravia' from 'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes

Epix has picked up the U.S. broadcast rights to the original limited series Belgravia created by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes based on his novel of the same name. Production is set to begin in the spring. Epix will air the series on the same day as ITV in the U.K.

Set in the upper echelons of London society in the 19th century, the drama follows the Trenchard family, who accept an invitation to a now-legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the evening of the Battle of Waterloo. It sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come.

Fellowes will executive produce with Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant, Liz Trubridge and director John Alexander. Colin Wratten will serve as a producer. Carnival Films will produce.

"Belgravia is everything we could ask for - great storytelling, incredible production value and top-notch auspices," said Michael Wright, President, Epix. "It absolutely defines the kind of programming we're looking for at Epix, and we can't wait to dive in with our partners at Carnival Films and ITV - along with this terrific creative team - to bring Belgravia to life."

In addition to Belgravia, Fellowes is also currently working on the Downton Abbey follow-up film which is scheduled for a theatrical release in September. In television, he is also behind the dramas The Gilded Age on NBC and The English Game on Netflix.