25 December 2020 16:35

Sid Owen Emma Rigby EastEnders

Bridgerton, too sex-mad?

Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton Liam Daniel / Netflix Based on Julia Quinn's historical romance novels, it stars Phoebe Dynevor as young debutante Daphne Bridgerton opposite love interest the Duke of Hastings, played by actor Regé-Jean Page. Shonda Rhimes, the American producer behind hits like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, has given high society Regency London a Gossip Girl-esque makeover in the new series. Regé-Jean Page with Adjoa Andoh in Bridgerton Liam Daniel / Netflix Regé-Jean Page, who brings the brooding young Simon to life on screen, is a 30-year-old British actor. A number of on screen roles soon followed, with Page playing trainee teacher Guy Braxton in Series 10 of BBC Three's Waterloo Road – the same drama in which his Bridgerton co-star, Phoebe Dynevor, also made her television debut. Read next Inside 'The Season': Regency London's most glamorous time of the year as depicted in Bridgerton Inside 'The Season': Regency London's most glamorous time of the year as depicted in Bridgerton 'This is what they have been trained for since birth' says Lady Whistledown in the new Netflix drama Regé-Jean Page with Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton Liam Daniel / Netflix Bridgerton Diamond of the First Water Season 1 Episode 1 Editor's Rating 4 stars * * * * Photo: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Minutes into Bridgerton, the eight-episode Netflix series from Shondaland that's based on Julia Quinn's Regency historical-romance series about the eight sons and daughters of an English noble family, it's clear that the history TV game has changed.

The cast is diverse, the costumes feel more inspired by vintage Quality Street candy-box images than museum pieces, we've got a gent ass out and balls deep en plein air, and the voice of Dame Julie Andrews recites a quote from epoch-defining mess Lord Byron about scribbling bitches. One of the chief criticisms romance fans have made is that Bridgerton and the 19th-century romance AU have traditionally been an almost uniformly white world (though recent and forthcoming books tell stories about people of color). Bridgerton makes the historical Queen Charlotte, who has been identified as a descendant of a Black branch of the Portuguese royal house, the regent governing an inclusive society. Regard the Netflix Bridgerton series as a new story, a new sheet of paper. Never mind that women pulled way back on corsetry in the early-19th century; this is a big-budget costume romantic comedy for the female gaze, and nothing reassures modern women that we've come a long way, baby, like historical characters getting their innards rearranged by tightlacing.

The Bridgerton scheduled to find love first, Miss Daphne, is running late, but it's forgivable because she's wearing a dress with a glorious embroidered train that must present a tripping risk. Back in the Bridgerton house, Daphne expounds on the wish to use her elevation over the other 200 young ladies looking to wed this year to secure a love match modeled on the love her parents shared. Daphne, proclaimed a "diamond of the first water," and her family fare well in Gossip Lady's pages, but across the street, garishly upholstered Portia Featherington rages against Whistledown over tea with her brightly attired daughters and the visiting Lady Cowper. After rolling out of the ball early to leave the gentlemen wanting more, Daphne receives a number of suitors in the Bridgerton drawing room the next morning, but Anthony scares them off, leaving the field open for Lord Berbrooke. Curiously, Whistledown mentions the mental illness of the king, suggesting that maybe there's a link to the historical reality in Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte stands in as regent in this AU instead of real-life regent Prince George.

Simon reveals that he's been spending a lot of time on r/childfree and plans to let his title die with him, which is a good way to phrase it these days if you don't want pushback, but maybe not so much in the 19th century if you're a duke with an actual bloodline to speak of. Over dinner at the Bridgerton house, with all of the children plus Simon in attendance, the table speculates on who Lady Whistledown could be. Bridgerton: Netflix teases period drama narrated by Julie Andrews Bridgerton has just landed as a brand-new period drama on Netflix for fans to enjoy over the festive period. Netflix's new period romp Bridgerton landed in full on the streaming platform on Christmas Day. The show is created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. READ MORE Bridgerton's Queen Charlotte star opens up on 'rowdy' co-stars Will there be another series of Bridgerton?

The stars have also opened up about wanting the series to continue into season two as well. Bridgerton: Daphne star Phoebe Dynevor details 'terrifying' moment [VIDEO] Bridgerton season 2 release date: Who will star? "I mean, I feel like we've established this big world so I'd love to explore more of it." The show is also based on a series of books, with a mammoth eight for the series to draw on. Bridgerton season 2 release date: What will happen next? There's plenty that Bridgerton gets wrong about the Regency – in the first half-hour alone, we have young women referred to as "the Right Honourable" rather than "the Honourable".

Bridgerton Soundtrack: Yes, You Are Hearing Pop Songs In The Period Drama The Bridgerton soundtrack is the first of its kind, with songs you'll recognise from your favourite artists such as Ariana Grande given an orchestral spin for the ballroom. If you couldn't tell already, we're super excited about new Netflix series Bridgerton, thanks to its epic cast and super modern feel. Yes, you read that correctly, there are a bunch of pop songs sprinkled into the soundtrack from the likes of Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift. A few of the songs can be heard in the grand ballroom scenes when Simon (Regé Jean Page) is spinning Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) around the floor, while Celeste's 'Strange' is the perfect backdrop for a more emotional scene. Bridgerton is the most modern period drama to grace our TV screens.