Where did the story of Bridgerton come from? (Picture: Netflix)
Though maybe don’t watch it with your nan – there’s alot of sex involved.
Brought to the screen by Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland, the period comedy-drama is like a horny Gossip Girl – with the mysterious Lady Whistledown filling everyone in on the exploits of high society.
But where exactly did the story come from?
Was it based on a real-life tale, or at least real-life family? Or are there books for us to digest soon after the episodes are over?
Here’s what you need to know…
Is Bridgerton based on a book?
Yup! It’s actually based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn – and there’s eight in total.
The first season of the show is based on The Duke And I, the first in the collection.
Here’s the order in which to read them, if you’re interested:
- The Duke and I
- The Viscount Who Loved Me
- An Officer From A Gentleman
- Romancing Mr Bridgerton
- To Sir Phillip, With Love
- When He Was Wicked
- It’s In His Kiss
- On The Way To The Wedding
On top of this, there’s The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After – a collection of epilogues about what happened once the main stories were over.
There’s also two novellas based on the mysterious Lady Whitledown – The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown and Lady Whistledown Strikes Back.
Basically, there’s a lot for you to get cracking on if you’re interested.
The series has potential to run for nine seasons – one for each book (Picture: Netflix)
Is Bridgerton based on a real family?
Sadly not. Though we’re sure that there was some upper class scandal back in the day, as there is now, the Bridgerton and Featherington families, and the world they inhabit, is sadly just a figment of writer Quinn’s imagination.
Speaking ahead of the show’s launch, series creator Chris Van Dusen said: ‘Bridgerton – it’s not a history lesson, it’s not a documentary. There were not actually any real Bridgertons in 1813 Regency London as far as I know.
‘We honoured the history, of course, but we’re not beholden to it. It’s a reimagined world and what we’re really doing is marrying history and fantasy in what I think is a really exciting way.’
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