Presenting: A “Downton Abbey” Prequel

As we eagerly await the season three premiere of “Downton Abbey,” consider this over tea and crumpets: life before Lady Mary was mucking up her love life and Lady Sybil was wearing pants. Julian Fellowes, the creator of of the show, has announced his plans for a spin-off drama, following the courtship of Lord and Lady Grantham. At a recent BAFTA lecture, he said, “I do have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship. He only fell in love after they married. He married her for the money. That is something he came to feel quite guilty about.” Here’s what we have to say on the matter: SMASHING. Cora … that minx. And now I’ll have to talk in a British accent for the rest of the day. [Express UK]