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Downton Abbey’s poorer cousin is dead on arrival

Julian Fellowes did years of research for his New York drama The Gilded Age. It’s a shame he didn’t spend more time on the dialogue

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Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) and Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) in The Gilded Age

Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) and Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) in The Gilded Age

Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) and Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) in The Gilded Age

Let’s get one thing straight, shall we? The Gilded Age is not the new Downton Abbey. If it was, it would have remembered to include some actual jokes.

A long-time passion project for Downton’s esteemed creator, Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age (Sky Atlantic/Now) was initially conceived as something of a US spin-off/prequel to ITV’s global period smash.


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