Doctor Thorne (TV series)

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Doctor Thorne
GenrePeriod drama
Written by
Directed by
Composer(s)Ilan Eshkeri
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
  • Ted Childs
  • Helen Gregory
Production location(s)West Wycombe Park, Osterley Park, Knebworth House, Eastnor Castle, Tyntesfield House and Estate, Lacock and Castle Combe[1]
CinematographyJan Jonaeus
  • Guy Bensley
  • Jamie Trevill
Running time47–53 minutes(excluding advertisements)
Production company(s)
Original networkITV (UK)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 March (2016-03-06) –
20 March 2016 (2016-03-20)

Doctor Thorne is a 2016 three-part (divided into four parts for broadcast in North America)[2] television drama adaptation of the 1858 Anthony Trollope novel Doctor Thorne scripted by Julian Fellowes for ITV.[3] Mary Thorne, penniless and with undisclosed parentage, grows up under the guardianship of her uncle Doctor Thorne. She spends much of her formative years in the company of the Gresham family at Greshamsbury Park estate. As they close on the world of adult cares and responsibilities, the past starts to impinge and the financial woes of the Gresham family threaten to tear relationships apart.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewers (in millions)3[4] Length
(excluding commercials)
1"Episode One"Niall MacCormickJulian Fellowes, Anthony Trollope (novel)6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)5.6048 minutes
In the fictional Barsetshire of Anthony Trollope during the 1850s, the genial Doctor Thorne is left to bring up his niece Mary. This follows a significant incident during the opening scene between Roger Scatcherd and a Mr Thorne which involves accusations and the violent death of Mr Thorne. Now, decades later, Frank Gresham is in love with Mary but his family needs money—and Frank to marry "well".
2"Episode Two"Niall MacCormickJulian Fellowes, Anthony Trollope (novel)13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)4.3948 minutes
Sir Roger Scatcherd trumps the opposition at the election hustings, but collapses from the ravages on his health due to excessive drink. He is cared for by Doctor Thorne and Mary. More comes to light about her background and Sir Roger grasps the truth. Louis Scatcherd, Roger’s son, is sent for although he clearly cares little for his father, only his money. Doctor Thorne learns that Louis has romantic aspirations regarding his niece and is revolted by the idea. The American Miss Dunstable encourages Frank to continue his romance with Mary; this in opposition to his family who need money from a match to retain their ancestral seat.
3"Episode Three"Niall MacCormickJulian Fellowes, Anthony Trollope (novel)20 March 2016 (2016-03-20)4.1448 minutes

Frank's mother, Lady Arabella, along with her sister-in-law, persuade Mary to release Frank from their engagement. The line she spins is that to hold on to Frank would be selfish and against Frank's best interests.

Louis Scatcherd clearly follows his father's self destructive drinking habit and disgraces himself while at dinner with Doctor Thorne and the Greshams.

Critical reaction[edit]

Response from the critics seems to have been mixed, muted, subdued, or downright critical. Even those who were predisposed to like aspects of the adaptation were not without points of issue. The Telegraph initially registered a largely positive opening assessment,[3] although it also had some criticisms. By the end of the series its review was more mixed, yet it wanted more episodes anyway.[5] Aggregator Rotten Tomatoes found 15 reviews and calculated an average favourable rating of 87% based on those critics.[6]


The series was picked up in the US by the Weinstein Company which owns the licence for North America.[7] The series was made available on Amazon Prime on 20 May 2016.[8] For its presentation on Amazon Prime, the series’ original three parts were recut into four episodes, each with an introduction and an epilogue featuring Fellowes himself.[2]

Home media[edit]

The series was released on DVD in the re-cut, 4-episode version.


  1. ^ "Visit the real Greshamsbury Park and the handsome houses in Doctor Thorne". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Don't count on Julian Fellowes' 'Doctor Thorne' to be the next 'Downton'". Tampa Bay. 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Doctor Thorne review: Fellowes and Trollope is a happy marriage". Telegraph Online. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  4. ^ Final ratings are sourced from BARB Weekly Top 10 Programmes Broadcasters' Audience Research Board
  5. ^ "Doctor Thorne, review - why did they only make three episodes?". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Doctor Thorne". Rotten Tomatoes. 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ "The latest offering from the creator of 'Downton Abbey' has already aired in the U.K., with The Weinstein Co. picking up rights for the U.S." Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Amazon Prime adds 'Downton Abbey' creator's 'Doctor Thorne' adaptation". Retrieved 31 August 2016.

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