Would you watch a Downton Abbey prequel?… Today’s Debate

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has unveiled plans for a prequel to the hit series – but would you watch?

Speaking at the Bafta Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, Fellowes explained the concept behind his prequel idea – to follow the early days of the romance between the Earl and Countess of Grantham.

Fellowes said: ‘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 cove, and so he feels rather guilty about this.’

ITV must be keen to prolong the phenomenal success of Downton for as long as possible, but speaking at the BFI Fellowes (who has also mooted plans for a book, film and play based on the series) said he would wait until Downton Abbey ends before producing the prequel.

We always love to see more of w&h cover star Elizabeth McGovern, and we’re sure Julian Fellowes would cook up some fabulous plots. But would a prequel about Cora and Lord Grantham be Downton overload – or would you love another helping?

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