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Secrets and scandals continue in eight-part series from Carnival Films
BEVERLY HILLS, California—September 28, 2022—Premium network EPIX announced today that the network has greenlit Belgravia: The Next Chapter, a continuation of the hit historical drama named for—and set in—the affluent London district that became synonymous with the upper echelons of London society in the 19th century. Filming on the eight-part series will commence early next year in the UK, and it will premiere in the winter of 2023.
The series will pick up in 1865, 25 years after the events depicted in the 2020 limited series, which was written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and based on his novel of the same name. Developed and written by Helen Edmundson (Dalgliesh, Mary Magdalene), it will tell the love story of Frederick Trenchard, who has grown up as the third Lord Glanville, and his new love interest, Clara Dunn, who is a newcomer to London society. Unaware that his birth was the product of an affair between his mother Susan and the scoundrel John Bellasis, a troubled childhood has left Frederick deeply insecure, which challenges his courtship of and marriage to Clara.
The series reunites Julian Fellowes with Carnival’s award-winning creative team—led by Gareth Neame— both Fellowes and Neames will serve as executive producers with Carnival’s Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens. Helen Edmundson serves as showrunner and executive producer. John Alexander (Small Island), who directed the original series, is lead director and executive producer. Colin Wratten (Killing Eve) who produced the original series will return as producer.
“With its cinematic scope, emotionally engaging story, and brilliant production design that brings the time period to life, Belgravia: The Next Chapter is an immersive story that will keep viewers riveted,” said Michael Wright, president of EPIX. “We can’t wait to see what Julian, Helen Edmundson and Carnival have in store for our audience.”
Belgravia: The Next Chapter is a Carnival Films co-production with EPIX Studios and will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Carnival Films is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
About Carnival Films
Carnival Films is a London-based television and feature film production company, part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Led by executive chairman and producer Gareth Neame, the company is one of the UK’s leading drama producers, having produced hundreds of hours of compelling content viewed around the world.
Carnival Films produced all six seasons of the award-winning and beloved TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, which aired in over 250 territories worldwide and set a Guinness World Record for being the most critically well-received show in the world. The company produced the hit feature film of the same name, which earned more than $193 million at the worldwide box office in 2019, making it the highest grossing film of all time for distributor Focus Features. The movie sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era also became a box office hit earlier this year. Other Carnival Films productions include hit series The Last Kingdom for Netflix, which is also being produced as a movie, plus Belgravia for ITV and EPIX, and Jamestown for Sky One.
Having received more than 200 international awards and honours including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, Carnival has also produced landmark series such as Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula, as well as award-winning mini-series Traffik, Any Human Heart, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and The Hollow Crown anthology.
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About Universal International Studios
Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, delivers award-winning content to millions across the globe. Based in London, the business’ in-house production labels include Carnival Films, creator of worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey and hit drama The Last Kingdom; Monkey Kingdom, producer of BAFTA-winning Made in Chelsea, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey, UK and Don’t Hate the Playaz; Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, producer of critically acclaimed series The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Safe Harbour, Stateless and Clickbait; Working Title Television, producer of Tales of the City, BAFTA-winning We Are Lady Parts and upcoming series Everything I Know About Love; and Heyday Television, producer of award-winning series The Long Song, The Capture and Clickbait, plus the upcoming adaptation of Apples Never Fall. The studio also backs Tony Ayres Productions (TAP), the company also behind Clickbait and anthology series Fires; and owns an equity stake in Lark Productions (The Glass Hotel) in Canada. The studio houses a London and LA-based scripted unit that develops and produces original series such as the Emmy-nominated television adaptation Hanna and BBC family adventure drama Dodger, as well as hit shows such as Transplant (Sphere Media/CTV/NBC) and the upcoming cyber-thriller The Undeclared War (Playground Entertainment/Channel 4/Peacock). Universal International Studios also houses NBCUniversal Formats, bringing a diverse slate of scripted and unscripted formats to the global market.
About EPIX, Soon to be MGM+
EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad lineup of quality original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises—all available on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. EPIX has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content, with series including Western adventure Billy the Kid; sci-fi horror series FROM; Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem; and cinematic dramatic series War of the Worlds, Rogue Heroes, and Belgravia. EPIX is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, Helter Skelter, Slow Burn, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons. Also available are premium movies including No Time to Die, House of Gucci, Cyrano, Licorice Pizza, and more.
EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, and emerging digital distribution platforms, as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com or follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.