FIRST LOOK: The Pictures of the Golden Age released before January air date of new Sky Atlantic drama

The Golden Age FIRST VIEW: The star-studded period drama of the star-studded period drama by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will feature a writer dreaming of success in 19th Century New York City.










Sky has released the first images of its upcoming long-awaited period drama The Gilded Age.

The HBO series, written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, is set to arrive on Sky Atlantic in January.

A starring cast – including Cynthia Nixon, 55, Carrie Coon, 40, Taissa Farmiga, 27, and Christine Baranski, 69 – will feature in the series set in 1882 during the American Golden Age, a period of huge economic change.

First look: Sky has released the first images of its upcoming highly anticipated period drama The Gilded Age starring Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski (pictured)

The series tells the story of aspiring writer Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) who moves from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon).

Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) and Marian become involved in a social war involving one of her aunts and her railroad tycoon neighbor George (Morgan Spector) and his wife Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon).

Heavenly leaders tease: “Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society or forge her own path?”

All-star cast: Katherine Romans appears as Cissie Bingham and Denée Benton portray Peggy Scott in the HBO series

All-star cast: Katherine Romans appears as Cissie Bingham and Denée Benton portray Peggy Scott in the HBO series

The show’s stars were spotted on set for the first time in New York City in May this year.

Julian Fellowes’ latest effort comes years after he began work on the Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012.

The writer told RadioTimes.com in January 2016 that he “hopefully fired at the end of the year” despite not having written the script yet.

Boom from the past: Taissa Farmiga plays Gladys Russell and Morgan Spector appears as George Russell in the period drama

Boom from the past: Taissa Farmiga plays Gladys Russell and Morgan Spector appears as George Russell in the period drama

When asked about the show’s status in June 2016, Fellowes admitted he was “up to my neck in researching” creating the character.

‘These people were extraordinary. You can see why they scared the old guard because they didn’t see boundaries, ’he told The Los Angeles Times. – They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And the old guard in New York was not like that at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of fashion fell on their heads.

– They restructured to be rich. They created a rich culture that we still have — people who are rich are rich in a way that was established in America in the 1880s, 90s, 1900s. It was different from Europe. ‘

Working: Julian Fellowes last effort is years in creation after he started working on a Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012;  seen in February 2020

Working: Julian Fellowes last effort is years in creation after he started working on a Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012; seen in February 2020

Fellowes noted that The Golden Age was “the fulfillment of a personal dream” after final confirmation that the show would be on NBC in January 2018.

HBO acquired the series more than a year later and ordered a live series with production announced in September 2019.

The pandemic delayed filming by a year, with cameras finally rolling in February 2021.

The Golden Age

The Golden Age is a term used to describe the prosperous years in American history after the Civil War.

Unprecedented growth in technology and industrial activity has given way to greed and corruption.

Wealthy tycoons, bankers and politicians created extraordinary wealth at the expense of the working class.

The elite became rich through the monopolies they created in the steel, oil, and transportation industries, according to Britannica.

Notable magnates included John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Leland Stanford and JPMorgan.

Fellowes’ new show is described as a “wandering fictional epic of New York’s millionaire titans,” according to Deadline.

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