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By Melissa Locker
April 13, 2020
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Still from Belgravia Series
Credit: Carnival Films/Epix

Good news for those of us who have exhausted our Netflix queues, and desperately need new shows to watch—Julian Fellowes’s new show is finally here. The eight-part mini-series debuted this weekend on Epix and complete with a new cast of complex characters, layered plots, eye candy costumes, and scene-stealing interiors.

Belgravia is based on a 2016 novel by Julian Fellowes, but it stems from a real-life gala—a party so memorable that people are still talking about it over 200 years later.  The ball in question was thrown by the Duchess of Richmond on the eve of a major battle in 1815, pitting British forces against Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies. Attending the party are Sophia Trenchard (Emily Reid), a merchant's daughter, who spends the evening with Lord Edmund Bellasis (Jeremy Neumark Jones), an officer in the Duke of Wellington's army who is set to join his regiment the next day at the now infamous Battle of Waterloo. The show skips forward 26 years, following the characters to the aftermath of the war and a changing world, albeit now in the fashionable London neighborhood of Belgravia.

The show is on Epix, a channel that is on some cable providers like Xfinity, Spectrum, Verizon FIOS, and more, but pricing and availability depends on your provider. If your cable company doesn’t have Epix, you can download their app for $5.99 per month. (Download it here.) Or add the channel to your Amazon Prime, Hulu, or YouTube TV subscription for around $5.99 a month, though some platforms offer a free trial. You can watch the first episode for free on the Epix website here.

If you can’t get enough of Fellowes’s gorgeous period dramas, there is a lot more to watch. Not only is he reportedly working on the script for the second Downton Abbey film, but there is also a new HBO series The Gilded Age. The show, which is meant to start filming this year, is set in 1882 at the heart of America’s Gilded Age. It has a stellar cast, including The Good Fight's Christine Baranski who is playing aristocrat Agnes van Rhijn with Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon playing her sister. Boardwalk Empire’s Morgan Spector will play a robber baron married to Amanda Peet, while Denée Benton plays the “mysterious Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as a maid”, according to HBO.

Fellowes, who can undoubtedly teach us all a few things about being productive, also just premiered The English Game on Netflix. The show, which debuted in March, is ostensibly about the history of soccer but is as beautiful and heartfelt as any of his series.