“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes is reportedly writing a prequel to the acclaimed and immensely popular ITV series according to The BBC.
Fellowes said the story will deal with how the Earl and Countess of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) first met. Fellowes revealed the news whilst speaking at the Bafta Screenwriters’ Lecture series.
“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.
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 cove, and so he feels rather guilty about this which has affected their marriage beyond that.”
One thing is for certain, it will not happen until after ‘Downton’ has finished – “For me, any other books or plays or films should follow after the end of the television show. I don’t think you can continue a narrative in more than one area at once.”