LONDON, March 23 ― Netflix hit series Bridgerton returns to screens this Friday with more glitzy balls, romantic courtships and, of course, plenty of gossip columns setting Regency London’s high society ablaze.
Based on the books by Julia Quinn, the second season of the period drama focuses on Bridgerton’s older brother, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, as he sets out to find a bride.
His attention turns to debutant Edwina Sharma, played by Charithra Chandran, newly arrived from India with her family. However, his older sister Kate (Simone Ashley) is unimpressed with Anthony’s pragmatic and loveless approach to the marriage market, putting the two on a collision course.
“There’s pressure because it’s such a beloved set of books, but also Kate and Anthony are really complicated, brilliant characters, and I know a lot of people love them,” Bailey told Reuters during the interview. the series premiered in London yesterday.
“So the pressure was really to do them justice and make sure we didn’t drop the ball in how we told our love story.”
The first one Bridgerton The series, which became a worldwide phenomenon when it was released in late 2020, focused on the budding romance between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset and featured plenty of intimate scenes.
“We’re telling this incredibly moving, heavy, charged, and complex love story between enemies and lovers,” show creator Chris Van Dusen said of season two. “There are a lot of tense stares and charged stares across the room and finger flicks and hand touches.”
The second season expands on the stories of the other Bridgerton siblings – Benedict as an aspiring artist and painter, Colin returning from his travels, excited to prove he has matured, and Eloise, who is also doing her beginnings, became more and more interested in her books, the feminist movement and the release of Lady Whistledown, the mysterious author of the gossip columns.
Bridgerton was praised for its diverse cast.
“I don’t know if we’re trying to break a mold or anything,” said executive producer Shonda Rhimes. “We just try to make sure everyone is included.” ― Reuters