We’ve been swept up in Downton fever, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to learn that the series creator Julian Fellowes has a prequel in the works.

Fellowes revealed that he is currently working on the story which would see how Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and his wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) met and fell in love.

‘Robert and Cora had a slightly troubled courtship,’ says Fellowes. ‘She was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money. I feel there’s something quite nice in there because he’s a decent cove, and so he feels rather guilty about this.’

Initially planned as a book. it is now thought the drama, starring young actors as the couple, will be shown on ITV.

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