Downton creator to pen New York drama

Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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The award-winning creator of hit period drama Downton Abbey is set to write and produce an epic take on 19th century New York.

Downton creator to pen New York drama
Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey. (© UTV)

According to Entertainment Weekly, Julian Fellowes has landed the job for US network NBC.

He'll now lend his skills to The Gilded Age, which NBC bills as the tale of "the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made - and spent - in late 19th century New York".

Downton has proved enormously popular on both sides of the pond, with American audiences particularly enamoured with the sophisticated glamour of the British aristocracy.

And it seems that Fellowes is confident of further success when he turns his attention to what he calls "a vivid time".

He's promised to turn his hand to charting the "dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, the record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry" of a time when "money was king".

It has not yet been announced when the show will air.

Meanwhile, Downton is set to return for a fourth series which will be screened on UTV in the coming autumn.

Fans will also be able to catch an extended Christmas special this Christmas Day, which will see the servants keep house at Downton while the Crawley family head off to visit their cousins in the Scottish Highlands.

© UTV News
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