Otherwise known as Regency-era London, this time period proves most interesting with its sublime regalia, lavish parties, proper dialect, and an approach to courtship like nothing we’re familiar with in modern times.
It was reported that the idea to adapt the novels for TV came, in fact, from Rhimes herself. We’re more than thrilled that showrunner Chris Van Dusen saw the unbelievable potential this story had.
Shared Producers With Another Hit
Yes, you got that right, "Bridgerton" actually shares producers with none other than “Grey’s Anatomy”, which has been on for more seasons than we can count.
Shonda Rhimes’ brainchild production company, Shondaland, took the lead on creating "Bridgerton" and once again has hit the nail on the head, creating another international TV sensation. "Bridegerton" joins not just the likes of “Grey’s Anatomy” but also “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Scandal.” The show is Rhimes’ first major project with Netflix after signing a $150 million deal in 2017.
The Adaption Is a Pioneer for the Romance Novel Genre
Although romance novels are generally chock full of colorful characters, much intrigue, scandal, and beautiful exotic settings, for whatever reason, they generally aren’t adapted for TV.
With significantly more awareness and attention towards female creators, it seems only natural that a genre, which is almost exclusively written, edited, and read by women, would now be taken to the big screen. Its success is a testament to the need for a show of this style. We want more!
It Wasn’t Actually Filmed Strictly in London
Though the show was predominantly filmed in London, the show’s street and many of the park scenes were actually filmed in scenic Bath, England. Bath is known for its beautiful and quaint architecture, which is evident in the shots from the show.
Additionally, there were exterior and interior shots filmed in various museums and country homes, such as the Holburne Museum of Art and Hatfield House.
Multiple Locations Needed Due to Sheer Grandeur
The Duke of Hastings’ estate was actually filmed in three separate locations. The filming took place in Wilton House in Wiltshire, Badminton House in Gloucestershire, and Syon House in Brentford.
It was important for the show makers to convey a feel of opulence and grandeur for the Duke, which countered his closed-off — almost dismissive of the rich — demeanor.