‘Downton Abbey’ creator tried to bring in other writers: ‘They couldn’t get the style’

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has admitted that they did try to bring other writers on board, but it didn’t work out.

Fellowes ultimately wrote all 52 episodes of the hit British period drama series himself.

He told The Straits Times: “We did at one point try to bring in other writers and they were extremely nice, talented and hardworking. But for some reason – I’m sure it’s my fault – they couldn’t get the style of the show.

“So I took over and we never did that again.”

The 67-year-old screenwriter also discussed the possibility of using an American-style writers’ room on Downton.

He commented: “I loved Mad Men (2007- 2015) and [creator of the show] Matthew Weiner ran a writers’ room for that. Its sense of distinctive style and sound just never wavered.

“I personally find it a challenge to manage a writer’s room, but it has definitely worked with success. If I have to manage a writer’s room one day, I’ll have to take Weiner out for lunch and ask him about it.”

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.