Jilly Cooper 'Rivals' TV show on Disney+ announced and fans of sexed-up book are ecstatic

Jilly Cooper 'Rivals' is getting the Disney+ treatment and hitting our screens soon! Here's what we know about shagalicious new show

Jilly Cooper Rivals: Author, Jilly Cooper poses for a portrait at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 9, 2010 in Cheltenham, England.
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Jilly Cooper classic Rivals is being made into a brand spanking new series - spanking being the operative word - and fans of the saucy novelist's classic are over the moon.

Long before there was 50 Shades of Grey, Jilly Cooper was synonymous with saucy novels with engaging plot lines and plenty of quivering thighs. For many, Jilly's work was a gateway into the best sex books and is surely responsible for livening up many sex lives.

Jilly Cooper Rivals was written and set in the 80's and the eight-part series will reflect this. Rivals is part of the author’s bestselling Rutshire Chronicles, which is considered an iconic and beloved piece of British literary history. The books capture the unbridled joy, drama, excess, and brazen power-grabbing of the affluent elite in 1980s England. 


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An action packed romp that shows a bitter rivalry between two powerful men unravel in an affluent part of 1980's England. Expect drama, chaos, and a whole lot of sauciness from this British literary classic.

"As tensions rise and rivalries deepen, there are spilled secrets, forged alliances, and snatched liaisons that draw wives, lovers, colleagues, friends, and families into their battle," reads the Disney+ synopsis.

The story is all about two powerful men who are neighbors and rivals - in many ways. Olympian turned politician Rupert Campbell-Black and television exec Tony Baddingham live in an uber posh neighborhood and as their rivalry comes to a head between the pair - it all gets very dramatic.

"Rivals is a joyously mischievous rollercoaster ride, steamy in its love stories and packed with larger-than-life characters," continues the synopsis. "Yet beneath the spectacle and fun, the series brings a 2020s lens to the 1980s, offering a raw exploration of a complicated moment in British history when class, race, sex, wealth, and sexual liberation meant that, for the very privileged few, there were no limits to what they could achieve."

Unable to hide her excitement regarding the Jilly Cooper Rivals adaptation, the writer herself said she knows her classic is in safe hands. Keeping an eye on things as an executive producer on the project, Jilly is psyched to see the combined efforts of Disney and Happy Prince who're collaborating on the series. 

Jilly Cooper Rivals: Author Jilly Cooper after she was awarded her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal during an Investiture ceremony on March 20, 2018 in London, England.

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"I know they will bring the boardroom battles and love triangles of my characters to life – particularly those of my devastatingly handsome hero," she added.

Not much is known about who'll star as the handsome hero and Jilly is just as excited to find out as all of us! She added, "I cannot wait to see who will be stepping into his shoes…let the hunt for our Rupert Campbell-Black commence!”

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