The Downton scribe is at it again.

By Southern Living
February 20, 2019
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We're all on pins and needles waiting for the Downton Abbey movie premiere, but until then, we're filling our queues with period dramas galore. We have to say: A few the series we've tuned into lately have won us over completely. One such show is Doctor Thorne, a miniseries scripted by none other than Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes.

Doctor Thorne is based on the 1858 novel of the same name by Anthony Trollope, the third book in the author's Chronicles of Barsetshire. Amazon describes the plot this way, "Dr. Thorne lives a quiet life with niece Mary in Greshambury, home of the wealthy Gresham family. Unbeknownst to others, the Greshams have lost their fortune and matriarch Lady Arabella has a scheme to regain it via an arranged marriage with her son and an American heiress. However, her son plans to elope with Mary, which complicates Lady Arabella's plans." You can preview the trailer below.

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The series stars Tom Hollander (Pride and Prejudice, The Night Manager) as Doctor Thorne, Stefanie Martini (Crooked House, Emerald City) as Mary Thorne, Rebecca Front (Poldark, War & Peace) as Lady Arabella Gresham, Richard McCabe (Notting Hill, The Constant Gardener) as Frank Gresham Sr., Harry Richardson (Dunkirk, Poldark) as Frank Gresham Jr., Edward Franklin (Silent Witness, Informer) as Louis Scatcherd, Ian McShane (American Gods, John Wick) as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie (GLOW, The Post) as Miss Dunstable. Doctor Thorne is directed by Niall MacCormick (The Durrells in Corfu, The Song of Lunch).

The series first aired in three parts on ITV in the U.K. in 2016. It can be watched now in four parts via Amazon, where it's accessible with an Amazon Prime subscription and also available for purchase.

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Have you seen Doctor Thorne yet? What other British period dramas have you been watching and enjoying lately?