The Gilded Age FIRST GLANCE: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ star-studded period drama set to portray a writer dreaming of success in 19th-century New York
Sky has released the first images from its upcoming long-awaited period drama The Gilded Age.
The HBO series, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, is set to arrive on Sky Atlantic in January.
A star cast – including Cynthia Nixon, 55, Carrie Coon, 40, Taissa Farmiga, 27, and Christine Baranski, 69 – will star in the series, which takes place in 1882 during the American Golden Age, a period of enormous economic change.
First look: Sky has released the first images from its upcoming long-awaited period drama The Gilded Age starring Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (pictured)
The series tells the story of aspiring author Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), who moves from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).
Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) and Marian get involved in a social war involving one of her aunts and her railroad magnate George (Morgan Spector) and his wife Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon).
Sky bosses tease: ‘Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow society’s established rules or go her own way?’
All Stars: Katherine Romans appears as Cissie Bingham and Denée Benton portrays Peggy Scott in the HBO series
The stars of the show were seen on the set for the first time in New York in May this year.
Julian Fellowes’ latest endeavor is years in the making after he began work on a Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012.
The author told RadioTimes.com in January 2016 that he was ‘hopefully filming by the end of the year’, even though he had not written the script yet.
Blast from the past: Taissa Farmiga plays Gladys Russell and Morgan Spector appears as George Russell in the period drama
When Fellowes was asked about the status of the show in June 2016, Fellowes admitted that he was “up to his neck in research” and created the character.
‘These people were extraordinary. You can see why they scared the old guard, because they saw no boundaries, ‘he told The Los Angeles Times. ‘They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And such was not the old guard of New York at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of couture came down over their heads.
‘They redesigned to be rich. They created a rich culture that we still have – people who are rich are rich in a way that was established in America in the 1880s, 90s, 1900s. It was different from Europe. ‘
Hard at work: Julian Fellow’s latest endeavor is years in the making after he began work on a Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012; seen in February 2020
Fellowes noted that The Gilded Age was ‘the fulfillment of a personal dream’ after the final confirmation that the show would be on NBC in January 2018.
HBO bought the series more than a year later and ordered a direct to series with production announced in September 2019.
The pandemic set footage back with a year in which cameras finally rolled in February 2021.
The gilded age
The Gilded Age is a term used to describe the prosperous years in American history after the Civil War.
An unprecedented growth in technology and industrial activity gave way to greed and corruption.
Wealthy tycoons, bankers and politicians created extraordinary wealth at the expense of the working class.
The elite became rich through the monopolies they created in the steel, oil and transportation industries, according to Britannica.
Notable tycoons included John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Leland Stanford and JPMorgan.
Fellowes’ new show is described as’ a pervasive fictional epic of the millionaire titans of New York City ‘, according to Deadline.