Julian Fellowes Explains How ‘Belgravia’ Definitely Isn’t ‘Downton Abbey’

TCA 2020: “Well, I think there are bound to be some similarities because they’re written by the same guy”

Julian Fellowes admits that his new Epix historical period limited series “Belgravia” bears a lot in common with “Downton Abbey,” but they are not, in fact, the same show.

“Well, I think there are bound to be some similarities because they’re written by the same guy and there’s a kind of limit to how many voices one possesses,” Fellowes said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday. “I think it is different from ‘Downton’ because it has a tauter narrative. It’s a single narrative; a completed story at the end. By the end of Episode 6, we’ve gotten to the end of the story. It isn’t open-ended in [the same] way.”

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Reid Nakamura

Reid Nakamura

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