According to E!, the first glaring mistake in Bridgerton happens pretty much right as the series gets started. As the outlet points out, a view of the street features some yellow lines meant to designate different car lanes, but those definitely didn’t exist in Regency-era London. As The Daily Mail noted, yellow lines on the street didn’t actually appear in London until the 1950s.
Twitter user @fakehistoryhunt was pretty direct, Tweeting, Oh dear, modern yellow no parking lines on the street in the tv drama Bridgerton.” Apparently, they know plenty about the process; @fakehistoryhunt continued, “I’ve worked on a few films/tv shows as [a] historical consultant and art department, I remember our lot painting over modern white lines on a street or covering the whole street with earth.”
Beyond the yellow lines, manhole covers are visible in some street shots in the first few episodes, making for yet another modern anachronism. However, there’s plenty of other stuff in Bridgerton, from steamy love scenes to intrigue to Lady Whistledown’s whistleblowing, to distract fans from the few modern mistakes.
The first season of Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix, and a second season will start production in 2021.