The first season of Netflix’s Regency romance romp Bridgerton was a hit with viewers, but the author of the novel isn’t happy that it was dubbed “Netflix’s raunchiest show”.

The first series of Bridgerton was inspired by The Duke and I, an eight-part series by Julia Quinn. It featured sexy scenes such as a couple dancing against a tree.

Julia, who published the series’ first book in 2000, has defended it and stated that she disagrees with the label of ‘Netflix’s raunchiest series’.

She spoke to The Daily Telegraph and said that she sees it through the female gaze, rather than the male gaze. That feminisation of intimacy is so revolutionary that people say, “Well, it must be sexy and raunchy.”’ 

While the first season of Netflix's Regency romp Bridgerton left fans blushing over its hot and steamy sex scenes, the author of the novels has defended the series

The first season of Netflix’s Regency romance romp Bridgerton was a hit with viewers, but the author of the novels has defended it.

Meanwhile in one scene, central character Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) refusing to stop having sex with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) despite his requests to (picture, the Duke)

Meanwhile in one scene, central character Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) refusing to stop having sex with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) despite his requests to (picture, the Duke) 

Bridgerton, which was released on Christmas Day, became Netflix’s most-watched show after it reached 82 million households in 28 days.

Julia, who published the first book in the series in 2000, has now defended the kinky series, and said she has taken issue with the label 'Netflix's raunchiest show'

Julia, who published the first book of the series in 2000, has defended it and stated that she disagrees with the label Netflix’s most raunchiest show’

The series is produced by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland in the USA. It also produced Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. It follows Daphne Bridgerton (eldest daughter) as she makes her debut on London’s highly competitive marriage market.

The show features a star-studded cast including Julie Andrews as the narrator.

The eight-hour-long series begins with Anthony Bridgerton, the brother of protagonist Daphne, romping against a tree with an opera singer Siena. 

The series was also met with criticism, including comments questioning the inclusion of  a controversial sex scene in the sixth episode.

Within the first twenty minutes of the eight hour long series, Anthony Bridgerton - brother of protagonist Daphne - romps with a beautiful opera singer Siena against a tree (pictured the couple, in a different sex scene)

Anthony Bridgerton, the brother of protagonist Daphne, romps with Siena, an opera singer, against a tree within the first twenty minutes. (pictured the pair, in a completely different sex scene). 

Some claimed that the show ignored male rape. The scene sees central character Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) refusing to stop having sex with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) despite his requests to.  

Julia however, defended the scene and said: “The debate was interesting. When I wrote the book, no one challenged that scene. 

How do they film raunchy scenes of sex in Bridgerton? 

Radio Times intimacy coaches told Radio Times that they ensure actors have the right underwear, which is flesh-coloured. They also use it as a modesty garment. Mints are used to maintain fresh breath and heat pads to keep them warm in between takes.

You will also find a’mineral water solution and glycerine to give the appearance of sweat beads’ in your kit bag.

The must-have green tape is a necessity as it is used by camera operators to mark actors’ boundaries.

The kit bags contain small covers for women’s modesty, and strapless underwear that sticks on the pelvis of male actors to hold body parts in place.

 

“So, why are we seeing this differently over the years? It’s to do with our greater understanding about consent. 

‘But also it’s harder for modern women to sympathise fully with her actions, to understand a woman who’s been raised to define her worth through her ability to bear children.’ 

The period drama was renewed for a second season earlier this year, and showrunner Chris Van Dusen has hinted that it could go on for eight — one for each of the Bridgerton children. 

 In July, it was reported Bridgerton has had to stall filming series two again, following another positive COVID-19 case on set – causing Netflix ‘an expensive headache’.

Because of a previous case shooting had just resumed but was cut short by crew. But cast and crew have returned to the period drama and things are now back on ice.

Jonathan Bailey and Phoebe Dynevor had to stop working while other members of the production were taken off-line. 

The production for season two of the raunchy hit Bridgerton began in May at the University of Greenwich’s historic Old Naval College.

Bridgerton is Netflix’s most-watched show, with more than 82 million households tuning in to watch it since its Christmas Day release last year.

The first season focused on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe, and Simon, Duke of Hastings, the role which Rege-Jean Page bade farewell to in April– to the dismay of his many fans. 

The second season will see Daphne’s brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) shift the focus to Daphne. He will search for a bride for his sister Kate (Simone Ashley), Edwina (Charithra Chadran) Sheffield, who has been renamed Sharma.

He tries to pursue Edwina, but he falls in love with Kate instead, despite the fact that they are often at odds.

The release date is yet to be announced.