I'm already calling "Bridgerton" one of the best Christmas gifts we'll all collectively receive this year. The latest from showrunner Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "How to Get Away With Murder") and her first series as part of her reportedly ground-breaking contract with Netflix, "Bridgerton" will follow Daphne Bridgerton as she comes out into society.
Daphne is looking for a husband in the era of corsets and morning coats, which shouldn't be too difficult, except for the ominous presence of the anonymous Lady Whistledown.
The show, which dropped on Netflix today, looks like a brilliant cross between "Gossip Girl" and any movie Keira Knightley has ever done, which is, apparently, exactly my brand of TV, because my excitement to binge this show this weekend hovers around a level 12/10.
A fun little detail about the show's set was pointed out on Twitter, namely about the inclusion of one specific room:
Screencapped from 2005's "Pride and Prejudice" (See? Keira Knightley), 2020's "Emma" and "The Crown," we can see that this room has been used many a time in TV and film. And we can see why; it's a gorgeous, ornate, inherently British parlor.
Shonda clearly took some inspiration from these other scandalous period dramas when scouting for "Bridgerton:"
Nicola Coughlan (Clare from "Derry Girls," another must-watch Netflix series) plays Penelope Featherington in "Bridgerton."
The room in question isn't a set -- it's called the Double Cube Room of one Wilton House, a country home near Salisbury in Wiltshire, seat of the Earls of Pembroke. The home and its surrounding gardens are open to the public, which houses the current earl William Herbert and his family.
And, in case you were wondering, there's also a Single Cube Room.
"Bridgerton" drinking game: Take a sip every time you catch the Double Cube Room.