Last week at the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes revealed his idea for a prequel to the hit series, albeit in a different medium; one with a lot more pages.
Deadline reports Fellowes’ talked about a possible book that would focus on the relationship between the Earl and Countess of Grantham (played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern on the show) from that very first meeting.
“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,” Fellowes said. “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.”
Fellowes reportedly doesn’t have a publishing deal for a prequel book, though he has said other stories would follow only once the current television show ends. Downton Abbey recently began its third season in the U.K. and is expected to return to the U.S. and PBS in January.