First look at Netflix’s football drama The English Game from the makers of Downton Abbey – The Sun

NETFLIX'S upcoming drama ‘The English Game’ tracks the complicated history of the world's most popular game.

The six-part series is set in 1870’s England and sees two footballers on opposite sides of a class divide forging a bond that helps bring the elite gentleman’s sport to the general public.

The hotly-anticipated show dives into the origins of football, revealing how those involved in it creation were determined to make it more accessible to the masses.

Whilst the show is about football and its origins, you don't need to understand the offside rule to enjoy the trials and tribulations that came with putting the sport on the map.

One of the first look pics shows football fans dressed down at a match, wearing shoddier garments as they take in the game.


Another snap previews a suited and booted set of gents, and looks to be from within a large manor house.

The next image shows Edward Holcroft having a candlelit dinner party, in formal attire.

The final image, shows a brewing riot as townspeople clutch flaming torches and chant.

The Downton Abbey-esque drama features Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, The Terror), Charlotte Hope (The Spanish Princess, Game of Thrones), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), James Harkness (The Victim, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Niamh Walsh (Jamestown, Jekyll & Hyde).

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, executive produced the series.

The show is being produced by 42 – the production company behind BBC’s Watership Down and Channel 4’s spy drama Traitors.

The English Game will be released on Netflix on March 20.

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