BRIDGERTON SERIES 2-4 | TV PREVIEW PART 2
In the second of three looks ahead to hot TV series currently in production, Billie Ingram-Sofokleous finds Regency-era society drama Bridgerton delivering news like a bus service – making fans wait before announcing three series at once.
I invite you to recall a little bit of gossip that the infamous Lady Whistledown has given us, our latest spark of joy that Series 2,3 and 4 of Bridgerton are in the making. With the departure of our favourite Duke played by Rege-Jean Page, Lady Danbury, a family friend, is as sharp tongued and witted as she is observant in the matters afoot and I am incredibly excited to see more of her indominable ways within the next series.
The upcoming series will focus on the indominable Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s efforts to find a Viscountess. For those of us who have been hooked on the books since they were released back in 2000, we know how each sibling ends up with their true love. The Regency era has been a resplendent escapism from the claustrophobic nature of the past year. We meet Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Gregory, Eloise, Francesca, and Hyacinth.
Series 1 uncovered the marriage of the eldest daughter Daphne with Simon Bassett, Duke Of Hastings and best friend to her older brother Anthony. Unlike the novels, we become acquainted with a racially integrated London, in the social climate and ever-present reclaiming the narrative of Black Lives Matter. The inclusion here, inspired by the African heritage of George III’s wife Queen Charlotte in an alternative history, felt wondrous.
As the lockdown allows society to open our libraries, I implore you to command the narratives into your homes and set your minds ablaze with the upcoming stories of the Bridgerton and Featherington broods by the diamond of the season, Julia Quinn.
The Bridgerton series has eight in the collection, each following a member of the family; in chronological order they are The Duke And I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From A Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s In His Kiss, On The Way To The Wedding and Happily Ever After, the latter featuring a novella titled Violet In Bloom. If you can’t get enough of the series, there a further two novels which follow this narrative, Lady Whistledown Strikes Back and The Further Observations Of Lady Whistledown.
I have also managed to discover, dear readers, a prequel to the series about the family next door, The Rokesbys, beginning in the late 1700s and which feature my own fair Christian name: Billie. Because Of Miss Bridgerton, The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband, The Other Miss Bridgerton and First Comes The Scandal are the titles in question.
I hope you have all had a promenade at a safe distance in this most glorious of weather. If there is any more gossip to be sniffed out for the upcoming series, fear not dear readers I will sniff it out.
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words BILLIE INGRAM-SOFOKLEOUS