ITV commissions 'new Downton Abbey'

ITV has commissioned a new 'Downton Abbey' type show which it hopes will be as successful as the period drama

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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville

Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville

ITV has commissioned a new 'Downton Abbey' type drama.

The channel is hoping to recreate the success of the show - which stars Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham - with 'The Making of a Lady'.

The new series, which is based on the book 'The Making of a Marchioness' by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted for the screen by Kate Brook, tells the story of Emily, an educated but penniless girl who may have to marry for survival rather than love.

The show will be made by Runway Fridge TV for ITV and producer Stevie Lee said: "It's an engaging and clever story with tension and jeopardy every step of the way but also it's fresh - covering a period story very few people know about."

Victoria Fea, from ITV's Drama commissioning team said: "There's a real depth and complexity to the characterisations within 'The Making of a Lady'."

"Kate Brooke draws beautifully upon the richness of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel and we're delighted to have commissioned such a classic and powerful story".

'The Making of a Lady', is being shot on location in Manchester from late August 2012.

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