“Julian Fellowes showed us the upstairs-downstairs world of an English country house in ‘Downton Abbey,’” writes the U.K. newspaper the Telegraph, adding, “For his latest television project, Fellowes is taking his fascination with the class divide in a more surprising direction: the invention of modern [soccer].”
“The English Game,” which will be “set in the late 19th century, is billed as ‘part Etonians, part factory workers, coming together to create the world’s most popular sport,’ the story says.
The program will be a six-part series for Netflix and “will focus on the battle to professionalise the game,” the article explains.
The story adds, “‘It is not only going to be about football, but about the human drama. They were sitting on a powder keg in the last quarter of the 19th century. What was happening in football was also happening in society,’ Fellowes said of the era’s class struggles.”
Earlier this week we reported that Fellowes is also developing a TV series about the Rothschild banking dynasty.