Friday 18 April 2014

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes to make American drama

Downtown Abbey writer Julian Fellowes holds Emmys for best miniseries or movie and best writing for a mini-series or movie (AP)

Julian Fellowes, the writer of 'Downton Abbey', is working on 'The Gilded Age', a drama about the millionaires of 1880s New York.

Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, didn’t find that the streets of America were paved with gold when he moved there in the early Eighties as a struggling actor.

He believed that his breakthrough had come when he was considered to replace Hervé Villechaize as the butler in Fantasy Island, but, alas, he was pipped to the silver salver by the late Christopher Hewett. He promptly returned to Britain.

Now, as a writer, Lord Fellowes is having another crack at making his name in the country. NBC and Universal Television have commissioned him to develop an American Downton.

He’ll write and produce The Gilded Age, about the millionaires of 1880s New York. It is only, however, being described as a “potential” series. Let’s hope that they didn’t watch his mini-series Titanic.

Tim Walker

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