Bridgerton prequel show promises return to raunch after mild series

Brace yourself for Bridgerton, the re-raunch! After viewers’ grumbles that latest series wasn’t as risque as the first, its prequel Queen Charlotte promises racy scenes of ‘energetic love making’

  • Complaints that Bridgerton series two was overly frigid will be compensated for
  • Source predicts one ‘energetic love-making scene’ could ‘bring the house down’
  • Spin-off sequel to Netflix’s romantic Regency drama follows Queen Charlotte
  • Intimacy coordinator will aid racy scenes on closed set with few crew members 

There were grumbles that the second series of Bridgerton didn’t live up to the raunchy heights of the first.

And it looks as if the producers have taken note, with the spin-off prequel to the Netflix drama, Queen Charlotte, being spiced up to keep viewing figures high.

For one scene, a source says, a wall was reinforced. In another scene viewers will see banging headboards.

According to a source, there were fears that one energetic love-making scene featuring the young monarch, played by India Ria Amarteifio, might be so energetic that it could literally bring the house down.

India Ria Amarteifo (pictured on a red carpet in 2020) plays young Queen Charlotte in spin-off

‘There is a young cast for the prequel and the sex scenes feature them,’ said the insider. ‘It is definitely going to satisfy those Bridgerton fans who are complaining that there are no sex scenes in the second series.

‘In one storyline there will be a headboard banging hard against a wall. It will be more racy than anything from the first series.’

Filming began on Queen Charlotte last week with its writers also keen to address criticism that Bridgerton avoided same sex relationships and has a ‘gay problem’.

One scene will see Brimsley, one of Charlotte’s aides and played by Sam Clemmett, having sex with another male character, called Reynolds. ‘The series will be inclusive of homosexual people and not frightened of exploring gay relationships,’ the source added.

Golda Rosheuvel (pictured in series two) starred as the elder Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton

‘It is something that is important to Netflix too, to make sure that viewers can recognise themselves on their programmes. Hopefully it will solve what has become known as the “gay problem”.’

It is understood that Lizzy Talbot, the intimacy co-ordinator who worked on Bridgerton, has been hired to help with sex scenes in Queen Charlotte – many of which will be filmed on a ‘closed set’ where the number of cast and crew is kept to a minimum.

Set in the mid 18th Century, the prequel examines the young life of Charlotte, the daughter of German royalty who wed British Monarch George III, played in the Netflix drama by Corey Mylchreest, in 1761, when she was 17.

The marriage lasted 57 years and produced 15 children. Miss Amarteifio, 21, who played DCI Roz Huntley’s daughter Sophie in the fourth season of BBC drama Line Of Duty, has also starred in Dr Who and ITV’s Unforgotten.

In Bridgerton, set in the Regency era of the early 19th Century, Queen Charlotte is played by Golda Rosheuvel.

Sex scenes in the first series of Bridgerton, particularly those featuring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor as the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, proved popular with viewers, but some have voiced disappointment at the lack of bedroom action in the second series.

Addressing the criticism, Ms Talbot recently told Glamour magazine that more sex scenes were filmed for both series than were needed, adding: ‘I know people have been frustrated that there haven’t been more [in series two], but part of it is that we want to give our absolute best.’

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