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Julian Fellowes touts Downton Abbey prequel idea

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

JULIAN Fellowes has revealed that he is considering writing a prequel to hit TV series Downton Abbey.

Speaking at the BAFTA screenwriting lecture, the Oscar-winner said the idea would enable him to explore the beginning of the relationship between Cora and Robert (played respectively by Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville), adding that he originally planned the spin-off as a novel but has since though that ITV would adapt it for television.

The Daily Telegraph quotes him as saying: “I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London – the Buccaneers, as they were called.

“They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money. I sort of feel there’s something quite nice in there because he’s a decent [man], and so he feels rather guilty about this.”

However, any prequel would not air until Downton Abbey has finished, citing that it would be too difficult to pursue two narratives.

The third season of Downton Abbey is currently airing on ITV on Sunday nights from 9pm.

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