Julian Fellowes, the creator of the hit historical drama Downton Abbey returns with a new, yet similar drama show titled ‘Belgravia’.
- Belgravia is a must-read novel.
- What is Belgravia all about?
- Downton Abbey and Belgravia are definitely similar.
- The creators used the same music.
Books make good TV series.
Ever since Fellowes made an announcement for her new show Belgravia, fans immediately reacted by calling it ‘the new Downton Abbey’. The series that first premiered recently on 15th March is a fictional tale with the backdrops and events that take place around that time being real historical incidents.
What is Belgravia all about?
An adaption from his novel, Belgravia is set in the 1840s which revolves around James Trenchard and his wife Anne who are holding a very dark secret that brings about many complications and of course, drama onto screens for audience to experience.
The series also highlights the story of Sophia Trenchard, her forbidden lover Edmund Bellasis and their families who reignite a long buried connection after the Battle of Waterloo which separates them for 26 years.
The Battle of Downton Abbey and Belgravia
While the series has been well taken by the audience, they still strongly believe that the producers and creator of the show have missed out on making the new series different from their previous work. While Downton fans enjoyed watching the first episode of Belgravia, they have criticized the series to be very similar to Downton Abbey.
But Julian Fellowes and the executive producer Gareth dismissed the idea that the shows are similar. In a recent interview with express.co.uk, both claim that the 6 part series is very different. “This is a novel, it is a closed story. It’s limited series. It’s a beginning, middle and end.”
The Creators Used the Same Music
The writers have guaranteed that the series is deeper than Downton. “It isn’t as soapy… this has more of a mystery” exclaimed Gareth. The similarities that have also been pointed have been between Anne Trenchard and Lady Brockenhurst.
Gareth once again disagrees with the audiences’ views by clarifying, “The story of thee two women are from very different sides f the track but, nonetheless united in this grief and the idea that a woman loves a child for all time.”
While that might make sense in a generic manner, the audience feels otherwise. It has also been pointed out that the music score of both the series are quite uncanny and is definitely hard to miss.
One viewer wrote: “Was the music for #Belgravia written by the same composer as Downton Abbey? Sounds so similar.” Another viewer shared their opinion on twitter saying, “Downton Abbey music recycled for #Belgravia.”
The audience continues to point out similarities, they also don’t miss out on pointing out the time line of events that happen in the series don’t make sense; there is a huge time period that has been skipped.
With each episode that is aired, it seems like Downton fans will continue to be vigilant in drawing attention to all that flaws, plot holes and similarities that make the new series not very original from the former.
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