The English Game: Julian Fellowes’ football drama for Netflix starts production soon

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The English Game, a drama about football from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, is gearing up for production. Pre-production work is underway on the series, with filming planned to take place in the north of England. We’ve got all the info you need right here…

Fellowes has developed the series for Netflix, where it will eventually stream as six hour-long episodes. According to the trusted industry website The Knowledge OnlineThe English Game “explores how football in its early form crossed the class divide as it grew in popularity.”

The production company 42 is working on the drama, The Knowledge reports. We don’t yet know much about the show itself, such as its cast list or release date, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more news comes to light.

Regardless of that, a show about the early days of football’s popularity sounds like an interesting proposition. Given that the game has morphed into something very commercial and social-media-led in recent years, it’ll be nice to pop back to a time when things were a bit simpler.

Fellowes is also working on a period drama called Belgravia, which is based on his own book of the same name. That one is in development at ITV, and it is set in 1815.

We’ll bring you more news on both shows as we hear it.