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The first trailer for Julian Fellowes‘ soccer drama The English Game is here, and it’s a long way from the stadiums and sponsorship deals of the David Beckham era.

According to Netflix, “the six-part drama charts the origins of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport.”

The trailer suggests the series might have more in common with Fellowes’ most famous creation, Downton Abbey, than you might think. There’s a grand country estate that doesn’t look dissimilar to Downton’s iconic house, for example, and clear tension between working-class folks who want the world to modernize, and wealthy British establishment types who’s much rather to maintain the status quo.

Like Downton Abbey, the series has a large ensemble cast, which includes Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Kevin Guthrie (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Craig Parkinson (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), James Harkness (Darkest Hour), Niamh Walsh (Jamestowne), and Joncie Elmore (Downton Abbey).

Look out, too, for Henry Lloyd-Hughes, who plays tech heir Aaron Peel in season two of Killing Eve.

Check it out below.

Netflix has also confirmed that The English Game will kick off on March 20. It’s one of several Fellowes shows in the pipeline: Belgravia, a period drama with Episodes actress Tamsin Greig, is due to debut on Epix in April. He’s also working on a period drama for HBO, The Gilded Age, which has cast Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon in key roles.

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By Nick Levine