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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Series About the Rothschild Dynasty

Julian Fellows during "Downton Abbey" Season 6 promotion (Photo: Masterpiece/Carnival Films)

While we all doubtless still miss mega-popular period drama Downton Abbey, its creator Julian Fellowes seems to be working hard to fill the Highclere-shaped hole in all our hearts.

There’s The Gilded Age, his NBC new series that will premiere in 2019 and focus on the world of New York business tycoons and the rise of “new money” in late nineteenth century America. Beyond that, it sounds as though Fellowes will focus his attention on telling the story of one of the richest families in history.

According to Deadline, Fellowes is developing another new series called Five Arrows, which will focus on the Rothschild banking dynasty. This ultimate “rags-to-riches” tale follows a family who, in one generation, rose from humble beginnings to amass the largest private fortune the world had ever seen.

Starz Set for Another Philippa Gregory Adaptation with 'The Spanish Princess’

The covers of Philippa Gregory's novels "The Constant Princess" and "The King's Curse" (Photo: Simon & Schuster)

The creative team behind popular period dramas The White Queen and its sequel series The White Princess are joining forces again to tell another Tudor-family story.

Premium cable Starz announced its new limited series The Spanish Princess, based on two more of best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction novels. The series will adapt Gregory’s The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse to tell the story of King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Much of her life will probably be familiar to viewers, as she was the woman thrown over and then divorced in favor of the infamous Anne Boleyn. But Catherine’s life story contains a great deal more drama than that.

Acorn TV to Bring Back ‘Agatha Raisin’ for Second Season

Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin (Photo: Acorn TV)

Mystery series Agatha Raisin is getting a new lease on life, thanks to Acorn TV. The streaming service has greenlit a second season of the popular comedy-drama, stepping in to pick up the show after it was effectively canceled by UK network Sky.

Announced during their session at the winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Agatha Raisin Season 2 will be the network’s first original commission. 

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