Downton Abbey creator has a new period drama coming

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Whilst speculation continues about the Downton Abbey movie, that’s finally expected to start filming later this year, the show’s creator has now had another TV series greenlit.

Julian Fellowes has been developing The Gilded Age for the best part of half a decade, with the show charting New York City in the 1880s. It’ll deal with not dissimilar themes of wealth of aristocracy, and it’s been picked up for a full season order by NBC in the US.

The full synopsis for the show has been released, too:

The Gilded Age in 1880s New York City was a period of immense social upheaval, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue.

In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose ‘new money’ is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set.

Marian is about to experience a whole new world springing up right outside her front door.

No word yet on casting, but expecting things to get moving this year…