Regency revival: Bridgerton’s second season brings gowns, glamour and grandeur in excelsis
Be as cynical as you like – Bridgerton, in all its frothy, wisteria-adorned, silk-embroidered glory is a tonic. At Christmas 2020, it proved to be a wonderfully decadent distraction, dropping on our tablets and TV sets in the midst of a lockdown. In March 2022, we are in even greater need of distraction, and Bridgerton, as if by magic, has been whipped up by HRH Shonda Rhimes who has offered it to us in the televisual form of a meticulously constructed cake (one with multiple tiers, showered in gold leaf macarons and interspersed with glacé cherries). Even the most wretched Scrooge would surely fail to see its merits.
This Friday 25 March, Bridgerton will return – without the earth-shatteringly handsome duke (played by Regé-Jean Page who, if we are to believe rumours, is off to replace Daniel Craig in James Bond) and with just fleeting glimmers of Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor, now elevated to dizzying heights of red carpet-dom offscreen). Instead, while Daphne made her enthused debut into society in the first season, younger sister Eloise Bridgerton (played by Claudia Jessie) will be making hers, reluctantly. Daphne makes for a fantastically irritating, older sister, who as a former ‘diamond of the season’ – and now with her title and baby as markers of her triumph – makes no bones about dispensing lucid, patronising wisdom.