THE Netflix hit Bridgerton had viewers round the world hooked on the roller-coaster love affair of beautiful Daphne Bridgerton and her dashing Duke. Many of the scenes were filmed in Bath, and this year’s Bath Festivals will include a walking tour of the locations.
The Regency romp was a storming success with more than 82 million viewers tuning into the period drama in the four weeks after its release last Christmas Day. The sensational storyline, based on the bestselling novels by Julia Quinn, was set in the highest echelons of Regency society in the early 1800s. A far cry from your average demure Jane Austen adaptation, this was a raunchy drama, that never took itself too seriously, with an ethnically-diverse cast and a clever contemporary soundtrack.
Bath’s elegant Georgian buildings and streets, including the Royal Crescent and the Circus, stood in for many scenes in the eight-part series – in total 70 scenes, spread over 14 locations, were shot in Bath for the first series — some of the most extensive and ambitious filming ever undertaken in the city. A second series is now in production.
Professional Blue Badge tour guide Fred Mawer will lead an informative and entertaining walking tour of the key Bridgerton locations in Bath. Visit the exterior of the home of the pushy Featheringtons, the mansion of scheming Lady Danbury, the cobbled square that doubled as Covent Garden and the café that stood in for the Modiste dressmakers. The tour also takes in the Assembly Rooms, used for some of Bridgerton’s ballroom scenes.
The tour will provide insights into the accuracy of Bridgerton’s portrayal of life in Regency England, touch on some behind-the-scenes snippets and highlight locations of other films and TV shows shot in Bath.