The true heartbreak behind Belgravia’s tragic opening: Julian Fellowes reveals ball, battle and betrayal scenes in ITV drama are all based on reality

  • ‘The storyline is true and based on the 5th Earl of Berkeley,’ Fellowes said
  •  Its lavish scenes depict one of  ‘the most famous ball in history’ in its first show
  • The writer said he had been interested in the ball after reading Vanity Fair 


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