US orders Pride & Prejudice dating series

Carriage rides, hand-written letters and eligible suitors in America's latest dating experiment.

Bridgerton…. we’re looking at you….

NBCU-owned streaming platform Peacock has ordered Pride and Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance, inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Transported to a Regency-style England, a group of eligible hopeful suitors will have to win the heart of the heroine and her court. Housed in a castle on the countryside, the heroine and suitors will experience that with which dreams are made of. From carriage rides and boat rides on the lake to archery and handwritten letters to communicate, they will be immersed in a time-traveling quest for love. In the end, the heroine and her suitors will discover if the ultimate romantic experience will find them true love.

While it sounds like a thin springboard from an iconic Austen work (and hey, it probably is), I can actually see this drawing a big crowd. Escapism, romanticism in the world of Britain’s Victorian era is huge in the world of drama. TV titles such as Poldark, Victoria, Jane Eyre, Cranford all draw big audiences and Bridgerton positively sizzled.

The series is produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Shine TV. No word on an Australian broadcaster as yet.

Source: Variety

8 Responses

  1. Dating? If they intend to remain faithful to the period, then this should have been deemed a courtship show, and maintain that fornication is a definite no-no, with all encounters between couples to be fastidiously chaperoned to ensure that absolutely no pre-marital hanky-panky takes place.

    This ain’t your grandchildren’s courtship show! When we walk down the aisle in white, we mean it!

    But of course, this will most likely just fetishise Victorian attire while the participants speak and act in a totes anachronistic fashion.

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