Belgravia is a sort-of sequel/follow-up to Downton Abbey, again from writer Julian Fellowes, and it’s a time of Napoleon, and women wearing bonnet hats, and Philip Glenister walking in like an early Gene Hunt from Life On Mars… but then, he’s always different to how he normally is.
I never saw Downton, other than the odd clip, but for this, it’s exactly what you expect it to be from a Sunday night period drama, and for a fair time, it was lulling me to sleep… However, a battle breaks out against Napoleon… YAY! Action! …but all that happens offscreen. BAH!
And before the battle, when one man says, “Nothing can happen to us. We’re the luckiest couple alive!“…what do you think is destined to happen next? Seriously?! How lame is this crap?!
Then it moves on 26 years later at the time of the invention of “afternoon tea”, although no-one looks any older. Maybe they’re vampires?
And that’s not just when it comes to the flashbacks in a bid to further the plot.
In Belgravia, everyone looks bored to be in it, and the ‘drama’ is tedious with nothing to get excited about whatever, to the point where you keep expecting Lord Percy to walk in and shout, “Hey, nonny nonny, my Lord!”.
All the tweets below also summed things up…
Belgravia begins on ITV on Sunday at 9pm. The series is not yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. However, you can buy the novel on which the series is based.
After broadcast, each episode will be on the ITV Hub.
— 🌟 Joanna Montgomery 🌟 (@joannamont) March 15, 2020
Shit on it Jackie, we’re in the wrong show #Belgravia
— Jane Jacques (@JaneyJ1969) March 15, 2020
Episode 1 Score: 1/10
Director: John Alexander
Producer: Colin Wratten
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Music: John Lunn
James Trenchard: Philip Glenister
Anne Trenchard: Tamsin Greig
Sophia Trenchard: Emily Reid
Susan: Alice Eve
Lady Maria Grey: Ella Purnell
Morris: Jack Shalloo
Caroline, Countess of Brockenhurst: Harriet Walter
Peregrine, Earl of Brockenhurst: Tom Wilkinson
John Bellasis: Adam James
Robert: Nigel Allen
Brodsworth: Stevee Davies
Mrs. Babbage: Penny Layden
Riley: Ian Attard
Roger: Cornelius Booth
Jane Croft: Rebecca Callard
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