It's one of the biggest TV hits in recent years and now ITV are hoping to cash in on the massive success of 'Downton Abbey' by commissioning a new copy-cat drama.
The channel have confirmed they have bought the rights to a new period drama series which is already being hyped as the next 'Downton Abbey'. 'The Making of a Lady' is based on the classic novel by 'Secret Garden' author Frances Hodgson Burnett. The book, 'The Making of a Marchioness' tells the story of Emily, an educated but penniless girl who has to choose between marrying for survival or marrying for love.
The series, which starts shooting on location in Manchester in August, is being adapted for the screen by Kate Brook. According to Female First, 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".
We can't get enough of 'Downton', fingers crossed 'The Making of a Lady' is just as amazing!