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'Downton Abbey' creator planning a series prequel


Elizabeth McGovern in "Downton Abbey."

Oscar winning scribe Julian Fellowes plans to write a prequel to his hit show "Downton Abbey."

Fellowes, speaking at a British Academy Film and Television Academy screenwriters' lecture, said he is writing a prequel which follows how the Earl and Countess of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern in the show now, first met.

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Fellowes plans -- reported on the BBC news website despite the show being a ratings hit for rival commercial broadcaster ITV – will be to look at the pair's early courtship from the American heiress's arrival in the U.K.

The spin-off drama will cast a pair of younger actors in the roles played by Bonneville and McGovern as his American wife, according to the BBC.

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Fellowes said the spin-off would be broadcast after the end of "Downton Abbey."

"I don't think you can continue a narrative in more than one area at once," he explained.

He told the BAFTA audience the idea would be to look at the pair's blossoming relationship because McGovern's character was in love with the one played by Bonneville before they married and he married her "entirely for her money."

It could be that the prequel may also see some of the show set in America.

"Downton Abbey" star Maggie Smith picked up an Emmy for her turn in the show earlier this week.

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