While the first season of Netflix‘s Regency romp Bridgerton left fans blushing over its hot and steamy sex scenes, the author of the novel takes issue with it being dubbed ‘Netflix’s raunchiest show’.
The first series of Bridgerton was based on The Duke and I, the first in an eight-part book series by author Julia Quinn, with sexy scenes including a couple romping against a tree.
Julia, who published the first book in the series in 2000, has now defended the kinky series, and said she has taken issue with the label ‘Netflix’s raunchiest show’.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, she said: ‘The difference is you see it through the female gaze rather than the male gaze. That feminisation of intimacy is so revolutionary that people say, “Well, it must be sexy and raunchy.”’
While the first season of Netflix’s Regency romp Bridgerton left fans blushing over its hot and steamy sex scenes, the author of the novels has defended the series
Meanwhile in one scene, central character Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) refusing to stop having sex with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) despite his requests to (picture, the Duke)
After it was released on Christmas Day, Bridgerton went from overnight success to becoming Netflix’s most-watched series after reaching 82 million households in just 28 days.
Julia, who published the first book in the series in 2000, has now defended the kinky series, and said she has taken issue with the label ‘Netflix’s raunchiest show’
The series is made by US TV producer Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, which produced Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away with Murder, and follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, as she makes her debut onto London’s competitive marriage market.
The show boasts a star-studded cast, including Julie Andrews’ as a narrator.
Within the first twenty minutes of the eight hour long series, Anthony Bridgerton – brother of protagonist Daphne – romps with a beautiful opera singer Siena against a tree.
The series was also met with criticism, including comments questioning the inclusion of a controversial sex scene in the sixth episode.
Within the first twenty minutes of the eight hour long series, Anthony Bridgerton – brother of protagonist Daphne – romps with a beautiful opera singer Siena against a tree (pictured the couple, in a different sex scene)
It led to accusations by some that the show ignores male rape. The scene sees central character Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) refusing to stop having sex with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) despite his requests to.
But Julia defended the scene, saying: ‘The debate was interesting. No one questioned that scene when I wrote the book.
How do they film raunchy sex scenes in Bridgerton?
Talking to Radio Times intimacy coaches said they always ensure they are fully kitted with flesh-coloured underwear – to use as a modesty garment – mints – to ensure fresh breath – and heat pads to keep actors warm between takes.
Also in their kit bags is ‘mineral water spray and glycerine to create the impression of beads of sweat’.
Green tape makes its way into the must have list as it is used to make clear to camera operators the actors’ boundaries.
Their kit bags also contain small covers to protect a woman’s modesty and strapless underwear that sticks to a male actor’s pelvis holding body parts into place.
‘So why are we viewing this differently over time? It’s to do with our greater understanding about consent.
‘But also it’s harder for modern women to sympathise fully with her actions, to understand a woman who’s been raised to define her worth through her ability to bear children.’
The period drama was renewed for a second season earlier this year, and showrunner Chris Van Dusen has hinted that it could go on for eight — one for each of the Bridgerton children.
In July, it was reported Bridgerton has had to stall filming series two again, following another positive COVID-19 case on set – causing Netflix ‘an expensive headache’.
Due to a previous case, shooting had only just resumed again – but a day after cast and crew returned to the period drama things are once again on ice.
The likes of Phoebe Dynevor and Jonathan Bailey have had to cease work while various members of the production isolate.
Production for season two of raunchy hit Bridgerton was first seen getting underway at the historic Old Naval College at the University of Greenwich in May.
Bridgerton is Netflix’s most-watched series ever, as more than 82million households tuned in to watch after its release on Christmas Day last year.
The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe, and Simon, Duke of Hastings, the role which Rege-Jean Page bade farewell to in April– to the dismay of his many fans.
The second season will shift the focus to Daphne’s brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), who will go on the hunt for a suitable bride when he meets sisters Kate (Simone Ashley) and Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sheffield, renamed Sharma for the show.
While he tries to pursue Edwina he finds himself becoming attracted to Kate instead, despite the fact they are often at odds with each other.
A release date has yet to be announced.
Bridgerton author Julia Quinn ‘takes issue’ with label of ‘Netflix’s raunchiest show