Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes starts shooting his three-part drama Doctor Thorne this month. An adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s Victorian era novel was now acquired by The Weinstein Co for North American rights, with Harvey and Bob Weinstein exec producing.
Deadline.com cited Harvey Weinstein, “It’s a tremendous thrill to be a part of Julian Fellowes’ first television outing since Downton Abbey, a series we were all such immense fans of.”, he said, “With a script as extremely witty, brilliant, and appealing as this one is, I’m certain Doctor Thornewill replicate the passionate fan base and ratings power of Downton Abbey.”
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The story is about Mary who has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters and their handsome brother Frank whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.
When the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham discovers that her darling son has fallen in love with Mary, she is horrified.
Her husband, Francis Gresham Senior, has frittered away the family fortune and is only being kept afloat by very favorable loans that Dr Thorne has secured from a railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd.
However, Sir Roger is drinking himself into an early grave and the financial future is uncertain, so Lady Arabella believes it is her son’s duty to make a rich marriage to save the family estate, launching a campaign to secure her son an heiress for a bride. Brie’s Miss Martha Dunstable is the target.