The Gilded Age - Julian Fellowes' new forray into period dramas

With the official teaser now released, what can we expect from the brand new period drama set to drop in January 2022

Kayleigh Fraser
1st December 2021
Feature Image Credit: The Guilded Age, Official Teaser Trailer - HBO, Youtube
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is back again for what is set to be another iconic period drama.

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.

The teaser trailer gave audiences a glimpse at nineteenth century New York. Image Credit: The Guiled Age Official Teaser - HBO, Youtube

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.

Christine Baranski adorns stunning costumes for her character in the series. Image Credit: The Guiled Age Official Teaser - HBO, Youtube

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?'

Image Credit: The Guiled Age Official Teaser - HBO, Youtube

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.

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AUTHOR: Kayleigh Fraser
Campus Comment Sub Editor for 2021/22 and Head of News at NSR. English Literature Student heavily obsessed with politics, bath and body works and making positive change. Also slightly infatuated with iced coffee, guinea pigs, my dog and binging The Simpsons.

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