Julian Fellowes reveals whether a second series of Belgravia is in the offing
The finale of ITV’s sumptuous period drama Belgravia airs this Sunday, but a second series might just be on its way.
Adapted by Lord Julian Fellowes from his own 2016 novel, the drama has followed the scandals and secrets of two very different families - the upper-crust Brockenhursts and the nouveau riche Trenchards - in the 1840s. But Julian has admitted he is in two minds about whether the show could return.
“For me, this is a completed story,” he said. “Although the actors disagree with me, violently! So I'm not sure, we'll see if anyone wants more. But no decision has been made.”
Julian has revealed, however, that he already got potential ideas for how a second series could work.
“The interesting thing is whether we’d find a new story with new characters in Belgravia and that would become the central theme,” he told us. “Or it could be a different story with one or two characters from this series. I like that idea so you have continuity but an original cast every time.”
Sunday’s finale, meanwhile, brings more high drama as the Brockenhursts’ scheming nephew John Bellasis, played by Adam James, sets up a dastardly plan to bring down his rival Charles Pope (Jack Bardoe), who is a threat to his inheritance. Meanwhile John's lover Susan Trenchard (Alice Eve (opens in new tab)) has to cook up a scheme of her own...
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“It’s a tangled story. There are thriller elements and revelations,” said Julian. “I always write things so you can change sides as it progresses, so I hope you've got a bit of that. Characters you found unsympathetic are now more sympathetic. I like Susan. By the end she develops a self-saving mechanism. She gets herself out of a tricky situation by not losing her nerve.”
Belgravia concludes on Sunday at 9pm on ITV
Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.
Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.
Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.
In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.
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