‘Downton Abbey’ creator is considering a follow-up series set in the 1970s

Julian Fellowes has revealed a wonderful idea for a new Downton Abbey spin-off.

With the long-awaited movie based on ITV’s hit period drama series becoming a huge hit in cinemas around the world, there has already been a lot of speculation about what’s next.

Julian Fellowes, who wrote the movie and every episode of the original TV series, has already hinted that we could see a spin-off series about Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes running a hotel.

The Downton creator was recently asked by a fan if he’d ever explore the Crawley family 10 or 20 years in the characters’ future.

Fellowes responded on the show’s official Twitter account: “I think it might be quite fun to see them navigating the 1970s or something like that.”

He added: “With George and Caroline all grown up, and Mary as an old lady, bossing them all around.”

We can imagine an elderly Mary and Edith bickering away as the new Violet and Isobel!

Perhaps Bates Jr would be working at the Abbey too?

One character we wouldn’t expect to appear is Lady Cora, as actress Elizabeth McGovern has already said she doesn’t want to return in the second movie.

Julian Fellowes’ next project is a new ITV period drama based on his novel Belgravia.

The Downton Abbey movie is available on DVD on Amazon.