Doctor Thorne Picked Up By Amazon For The US

Amazon has announced that it has added period drama Doctor Thorne to its lineup of Amazon Original Series, and will premiere on Prime Video in the U.S. on May 20th.

Doctor Thorne by Hat Trick Productions first aired in the UK on ITV, and is an adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel by Julian Fellowes, best known for Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

In the series, Dr. Thomas Thorne (Tom Hollander) lives a quiet life with his niece Mary (Stefani Martini) in the English village of Greshambury, which is ruled with an iron fist by the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham (Rebecca Front).

But Lady Arabella’s world is forever changed when she learns that her beloved son is planning to elope with common-born Mary, rather than follow through on his arranged marriage to the rich American heiress Martha Dunstable (Alison Brie).

Unbeknownst to the rest of the town, the prestigious Gresham family has all but lost their fortune after their patriarch Francis Gresham Senior (Richard McCabe) squandered it on one of his many fruitless pursuits; they’re now forced to take loans from drunken millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd (Ian McShane) in order to survive.

Lady Arabella’s scheme to regain their fortune through the arranged marriage now seems poised for disaster; but Lady Arabella is not one to be easily dissuaded, and thus resolves to achieve her goal by any means necessary.

Roy Price, Vice President for Digital Video and Amazon Studios, said in a press release: “Doctor Thorne’s multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up. Prime members have loved having access to Downton Abbey, making each season a top streamed show on Prime Video since 2011, and we hope to make Prime Video the home for even more of Julian Fellowes future projects.”