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If you’ve spent 2020 binging all 121 episodes of Gossip Girl in the hope that the prolonged 2020 reboot series was making its way to your screens, we might just be able to appease your appetite as Netflix has just dropped the drama for its brand new drama series, Bridgerton, and it looks every bit the same as Gossip Girl. Well, if Serena and Blair were shunted back in time to the 1800s. 

Streaming giants Netflix released a teaser last week for their new drama series, Bridgerton and it’s already attracting fans of high society scandals, scrawling love triangles and, of course, Gossip Girl. And, if you want a piece of the action, read on to find out more…

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Netflix’s series is riddled with sex, scandels and high society petty dramas.

What’s it about?

Based on Julia Quinn’s hugely popular period drama romance novel series, The Bridgertons, Netflix’s series is riddled with sex, scandals and high society petty dramas. The eight-part show centres around Lady Whistledown, a gossip-ridden newsletter that unpicks all of the wrongdoings, affairs and shameful behaviour of the high society individuals, notably the Bridgertons. 

Daphne Bridgerton is on her way to becoming an eligible bachelorette, heading for an arranged marriage with the Duke of Hastings, but of course with impropriety pierced through the narrative, it’s not as easy as it could be. 

Just like in Gossip Girl, Lady Whistledown, narrated by Julie Andrews, knows everybody’s moves, from your attendance to balls and parties to your movements and actions behind closed doors. The newsletter circulates, with increasing issues following, but little is known about who is penning the letters.

Who’s in it?

As mentioned above, Lady Whistledown is voiced by Julie Andrews, although as she’s largely narrating we’re yet to find out whether she’ll be making a special on-screen appearance. 

Joining the ranks will be Regé-Jean Page as the eligible bachelor, Simon Basset aka Duke of Hastings, and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton. Expect also Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlan, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton and Golda Rosheuvel.

Who’s behind it?

Netflix has opened up their wallets on this one as it’s from the legendary, TV titan Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Practice Private. 

Back in 2017, Rhimes signed a huge contract deal with Netflix – supposedly equating to $150million – and Bridgerton is the first in the sequence to arrive onto the streaming platform.

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From the teaser trailer already released, it’s clear that Netflix has gone all out on budget for this series, with the stunning visuals looking as if they’ve been plucked straight from a Baz Luhrmann film (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge). Despite this though, the teaser still reveals that Bridgerton heralds the classic Netflix drama troupes. Expect love triangles and love conflicts littered throughout, alongside the epic scandal newsletters.

When can we watch it?

Bridgerton will be making its way to Netflix on Friday, 25th December. Tune in with the family for some scandalous Christmas Day drama.

It took Gossip Girl five years to reveal the writer behind the theatrics, but if Bridgerton is anything like Grey’s Anatomy, it’ll take 16 seasons to find out who Lady Whistledown is…


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