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Bridgerton is ‘tipped to be the next Downton Abbey after the period drama’s racy content was a hit’

It’s been praised for it’s racy scenes and extravagant scenery since being released on Netflix on Christmas Day.

And period drama Bridgerton has now been tipped to become the next Downton Abbey after it enjoyed a successful launch on the streaming site.

The show, which is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels, follows the romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) however there are seven more books following other siblings in the powerful family. 

Could there be more? Bridgerton has been tipped to become the next Downton Abbey as there’s ‘so much more material’ which could be made into a new season (pictured Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne and Regé-Jean Page as Simon in the show)

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘With so much material to work with there’s every chance it could develop into multiple series.

‘And it’s fair to say it has an added edge that Downton didn’t have.’

They added that the show has been such a ‘hit’ that the cast, who were not widely known before it aired, will be able to ask for ‘bumper pay rises’ in series two.   

The show’s creator Chris Van Dusen also previously told Cosmopolitan that he’d love to make more episodes of the show.

Saucy: The show's racy content has proved to be a hit with Netflix viewers (pictured, Daphne's brother Anthony with singer Siena Rosso)

Saucy: The show’s racy content has proved to be a hit with Netflix viewers (pictured, Daphne’s brother Anthony with singer Siena Rosso)

He said: ‘There are eight Bridgerton siblings [and] there are eight Bridgerton books. So in success I would love to be able to explore love stories and romances for all the Bridgerton brothers and sisters, of course.’

Downton Abbey successfully ran for six series, with beloved characters such as Mr Carson and Lady Mary, and was also turned into a feature length film in 2019.

It comes after Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page joked that the elaborate dance scenes were like ‘Regency Tinder’.

The actor, 30, who plays Simon the Duke of Hastings, appeared via video link from LA on BBC Breakfast on Monday where he reflected on the joy of filming the hit.

'That added edge': Downton Abbey successfully ran for six series and was also turned into a feature length film in 2019

‘That added edge’: Downton Abbey successfully ran for six series and was also turned into a feature length film in 2019

Speaking about the dance scenes, Regé-Jean said: ‘The dances are the heart of the piece, there’s joy in the dances. 

‘It’s a bit like regency Tinder! There’s some aggressive swiping left going on but it’s also the only place [the glamorous balls] where people are allowed to be honest with each other, even though they’re in the full view of society.’  

When asked to describe Bridgerton, Regé-Jean joked that it’s like ‘Downton Abbey’s wayward sibling, a bit more scandalous.’

He continued: ‘The idea was to do something fresh and exciting, fun, fast, funny and more glamorous than has been done before in the period genre. 

Racy: Bridgerton has left fans swooning after they tuned into the very sexy show which debuted on Christmas day (a sex scene from the show is pictured)

Racy: Bridgerton has left fans swooning after they tuned into the very sexy show which debuted on Christmas day (a sex scene from the show is pictured)

‘It’s meant to be colourful for Christmas and like a great big regency hug to help viewers get through the festive period which has been a bit different this year.’ 

Phoebe Dynevor also chatted about the show’s racy content as she explained how the ‘first-ever scene’ she shot for the show was with her hunky co-star Regé-Jean. 

Although only being released on Christmas Day, the saucy period drama has already been a hit with viewers for its impressive scenery and racy content. 

Speaking with Grazia about her sex scenes, Phoebe said: ‘My first-ever scene was in episode six, where Simon is going down on Daphne. 

‘And it was so great, because it felt safe and fun: you choreograph it like a stunt, or a dance. It’s crazy to me that [an intimacy coordinator] hasn’t been there in the past.’ 

All good fun: The Netflix hit sees Regé-Jean, 30, play the Duke of Hastings alongside co-star Phoebe Dynevor, 25, as Daphne (pictured together)

All good fun: The Netflix hit sees Regé-Jean, 30, play the Duke of Hastings alongside co-star Phoebe Dynevor, 25, as Daphne (pictured together)

Cheeky! When asked to describe Bridgerton recently, Regé-Jean joked that it's like 'Downton Abbey's wayward sibling, a bit more scandalous' (Golda Roshuevel is seen as Queen Charlotte)

Cheeky! When asked to describe Bridgerton recently, Regé-Jean joked that it’s like ‘Downton Abbey’s wayward sibling, a bit more scandalous’ (Golda Roshuevel is seen as Queen Charlotte)

Phoebe added: ‘I love her [Daphne’s] coming-of-age story and her sexual awakening. I love seeing them female gaze and watching her figure it out for herself. She’s a late bloomer, but it’s not like she can google it.’ 

The show sees Phoebe’s character Daphne debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market – where Regé-Jean’s character Simon, is the catch of the season.

Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, the attraction between Simon and Daphne is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.

Chris Van Dusen’s eight-episode series – centered on scheming quasi-couple – is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels. 

Big debut: The show follows Daphne, played by Phoebe (pictured), who hopes to follow in her parents' footsteps and find a match sparked by true love

Big debut: The show follows Daphne, played by Phoebe (pictured), who hopes to follow in her parents’ footsteps and find a match sparked by true love


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