Resplendent, opulent, lusty, and entertaining are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe Shonda Rhimes’ latest creative endeavor, QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY. This six-episode series (already renewed for a second season) features the most interesting characters from BRIDGERTON. 

Queen Charlotte,  both young (India Armarteifio) and old (Golda Rosheuvel), are amazing, powerful actress. They have made sure to capture the same nuances and expressions. It is like looking into a mirror and seeing how you will age over the years. Believable and fun to be a part of Charlotte’s life at “ten and seven” and as an all-controlling, mature Queen. We know much more about the Queen’s extraordinary, difficult life being married to King George. 

Lady Danbury  (Adjoa Andoh) and Lady Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) are also fantastically compelling through the years of story retelling. Connections are what make this series so fascinating and tantalizing. It makes viewers realize that what you see on the surface is not always the true, total picture. And that makes audiences want to come back for more. 

I was confused by the choice of having Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews) narrate the opening and closing lines of each episode. It feels like the writers are stretching the timeline, but really who cares? It’s Julie Andrews! Nothing more needs to be said. 

QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY does not disappoint. I binged the entire season and wished for more. The elaborate costumes, the stunning hairstyles, the mix of music, the palaces, the gardens, and the dancing at the breathtaking balls were sheer perfection. So much attention was applied to every detail. It all paid off in ginormous ways. And oh, those sex-filled romps were hot, hot, hot! Be sure to grab a fan to help calm and cool your racing imagination. I thoroughly loved every moment of this series, and I am so tickled it was revealed during THE LUSTY MONTH OF MAY (Thank you, CAMELOT and Julie). Enjoy!


Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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