‘Downton Abbey’ Prequel? Show’s Creator Lays Out the Idea

Sep 28, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes said he’s considering a prequel to his popular period drama, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

"I do have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship between Robert and Cora," Fellowes said. The show would be set in the late 1800s, when wealthy American young women arrived in England, searching for eligible men, the story notes.

Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is a wealthy American whom her husband married for her fortune, Fellowes notes.

"He married her purely for the money. I think that is something he came to feel quite guilty about," Fellowes notes. He added he was inspired by the book "To Marry an English Lord."

"It was about the Buccaneers — those American heiresses who arrived in such numbers during the 1880s and ‘90s, to rescue many great houses in distress,” Fellowes said.

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