London’s Westend

We are more than a year late to this party, but tonight we shall wrap season one of Bridgerton, by viewership Netflix’s most successful program ever. Better late than ever, because in less than two months, season two will drop. Season one is based on the first book in the Bridgerton series by author Julia Quinn. The main characters in this series are the eight Bridgerton children, named A-H in birth order: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. This first season centers on Daphne and covers her coming out. The story is set in London’s Regency period, but unlike any Jane Austin novel, this tale has a decidedly contemporary feel. Foremost in this regard with respect to the casting of people of color not only as members of the servant class, but also as members of the ruling class. This change from history is blithely explained with mad King George III’s wife who was rumored to have Moorish blood. Created by the SoCal based production company Shondaland, led by Shonda Grimes, this is not your usual British period drama. One nice touch is that Julie Andrews narrates the show, voicing the gossipy Lady Whistledown, who publishes a regularly appearing scandal sheet that both incense the story’s aristocracy and keeps the show’s viewers abreast of its multifaceted storyline.

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