Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Unveils New European Originals Including Julian Fellowes Football Drama 'The English Game'

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix Unveils New European Originals Including Julian Fellowes Football Drama 'The English Game'

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Streaming giant also announces shows from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

Julian Fellowes

Netflix has announced a new batch of European original dramas at press event in Rome.

These include a six-part drama from Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes and an eight-part comedy created by and starring Idris Elba.

UK indie 42 (Watership Down) is producing Fellowes’ series The English Game, which Netflix VP of international originals Eric Barmack said was about “the invention of modern football and how its creation reached across the class divide”.

He added that the series would be “part-Etonians, part-factory workers”.

The drama was one of a number of new European originals announced at the See What’s Next Netflix event in Rome this morning.

Elba’s comedy, Turn Up Charlie, stars the Luther actor as a DJ who reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

The Brown Eyed Boor/Green Door Pictures series will be written by Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran and Victoria Asare-Archer with Georgia Lester, who will also be supervising producer.

Elba will executive produce with Brown Eyed Boy’s Gary Reich and Martin Joyce, Green Door’s Ana Garanito, plus Tristram Shapeero (Community, Brass Eye), who will direct with Matt Lipsey (Sick Note, Upstart Crow). …

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