Discovery-owned UK prodco Betty is producing a three-part series about the lives of servants in stately homes for the BBC.
The Secret History of Servants (3x60′) will air on BBC2 in the autumn, revealing what really went on below stairs in Britain’s wealthy households throughout the Victorian and Edwardian years.
Interest in the subject has been sparked by ITV drama Downton Abbey, but this factual series aims to show the darker relationships that often existed between servants and masters.
Walter Iuzzolino, creative director for Betty, said: “The Secret History of Servants uncovers a domestic history of this country fraught with class resentment and anxieties – a story more complex and uncomfortable than is usually portrayed in TV dramas.”
Commissioning editor Emma Willis greenlit the series, Emma Hindley is the executive producer for Betty and Annabel Hobley is series producer. The programme will be fronted by historian Dr Pam Cox.