We might have been given Bridgeton and Belgravia to satisfy our period drama cravings, but nothing can ever beat the classic Downton Abbey. This is why it's so exciting that Julian Fellowes' The Gilded Age will grace HBO Max on the 24th January next year.
Set in New York, the series seems to follow the emerging conflict between the 'old' and 'new' New York. "Power belongs to old New York, my dear", says Christine Baranski's character Agnes Van Rhijn in the teaser trailer, released on the 18th of November.
Since the success of 2020's Bridgerton, the world has been hungry for period dramas. Recording 625 million hours of viewing in its first week of release. Now, more than ever, viewers are craving the beauty of the past.
The show's plotline has also been revealed, as described in the teaser trailer:
'In a new world, a new age is about to begin. The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?'
As a teaser, Fellowes doesn't give much away. Many of the characters are distant and fleeting - something I hope we see less of in the official trailer. In terms of plot, however, I'm very much looking forward to seeing an era prior to `Downton Abbey depicted on screen.