‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Reveals Prequel Plans For Robert & Cora

Mon, October 1, 2012 10:48am EST by 6 Comments
Courtesy of PBS

Julian Fellowes says he wants to write a book about ‘the courtship of Robert & Cora.’ Will you read it?

If you think Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) have too much drama in their lives now, just wait until you find out how they got together! Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes recently revealed plans to write a prequel to his hit series, focusing on the origin of Robert and Cora’s relationship. “They had a slightly troubled courtship,” Julian admits. “He 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,” Julian adds. “And so he feels rather guilty about this which has affected their marriage beyond that.”

But don’t hold your breath for a TV adaptation; Julian says that if his prequel makes its way onto the small screen, it won’t be until Downton Abbey ends its run.

“I don’t think you can continue a narrative in more than one area at once,” he says.

Meanwhile, the third season series of Downton Abbey is currently airing in the UK and will arrive in the U.S. in January.

What do you think, Downton Abbey fans? Do you want to know more about Robert and Cora’s courtship? And which actors — a British man and an American lady — would you cast in their respective roles? Drop us a comment with your thoughts!

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 11:15 PM on February 17, 2013  

Jennifer Connelly to old for a young Cora?

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Posted at 12:53 PM on February 13, 2013  

Well, Lady Mary looks a lot like her mother. It might be strange to cast her as her own mother, but not entirely off. On the other hand, Sybil is the younger one, but doesn’t look so much like Lady Robert. And this prequel would involve rather young people. Robert Grantham has a cute, chubby face, with a personality that sort of belies it in that he is stubborn and conservative. Thomas Brodie Sangster comes to mind. Then Cora would have to be younger too.

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Sara E. James

Posted at 8:24 PM on February 4, 2013  

Uh, no to both prior comments. I would never watch a Robert/Cora prequel with Pattinson and Panettiere. Neither of those people can act their way out of a paper bag, And Julian Fellowes did not write in the deaths to satisfy a need for drama, but because the actors wanted to leave the show.

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Posted at 5:44 PM on January 2, 2013  

Robert Pattinson and Hayden Panettiere(with her hair coloured of course)

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Posted at 7:54 AM on December 30, 2012  

Forget your literary ambitions, Lord Felllowes. Your Downton Abbey is turning into a long-winded, over-crowded house of characters, main good actors dying in the most horrible way without rational reason but simply through your unimaginative whims for “Action!”…. I suggest you read Milton’s Paradise Lost or Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher or take a peek at the makings of something memorably grand like Gone With the Wind to earn your next Emmy or Oscar award. That Christmas Special 2012 sure was a prophetic doom of where this saga will be seen as very disappontingly “un-British” and just another trashy soap opera.
I beg your pardon, your Lordship, for being so blatantly frank or rude to the point but I am just one of the millions of viewers who suffered from your Christmas Special with emotional constipation.

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Posted at 8:36 AM on December 30, 2012  

Apologies: Lord Fellowes was mispelled through typing error with three l’s.

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