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Doctor Thorne 

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The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.
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Series cast summary:
...  Doctor Thorne 3 episodes, 2016
...  Mary Thorne 3 episodes, 2016
...  Frank Gresham 3 episodes, 2016
...  Lady Arabella Gresham 3 episodes, 2016
Richard McCabe ...  Frank Gresham Snr 3 episodes, 2016
...  Miss Dunstable 3 episodes, 2016
Janine Duvitski ...  Lady Scatcherd 3 episodes, 2016
Nell Barlow ...  Lady Beatrice Gresham 3 episodes, 2016
...  Lady Augusta Gresham 3 episodes, 2016
...  Countess de Courcy 3 episodes, 2016
Tim McMullan ...  Earl de Courcy 3 episodes, 2016
...  Lady Alexandrina de Courcy 3 episodes, 2016
...  Lord Porlock 3 episodes, 2016
Jeremy Stephens ...  Dawson the Butler 3 episodes, 2016
...  Sir Roger Scatcherd 2 episodes, 2016
...  Louis Scatcherd 2 episodes, 2016
...  Mr. Moffatt 2 episodes, 2016
...  Mortimer Gazebee 2 episodes, 2016
...  Cossett 2 episodes, 2016
Jane Guernier ...  Janet Thacker 2 episodes, 2016
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...  Reverend Caleb Oriel 2 episodes, 2016


The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

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20 May 2016 (USA)  »

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Doktor Thorne  »

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Based on a novel by Anthony Trollope See more »


The story ends with all the characters dancing to the Skaters Waltz by Waldteufel, which was not written until 1882, decades after the action of the story. See more »


Referenced in Too Much TV: Episode #1.22 (2016) See more »

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Anthony Trollope triumphs once again
21 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

What would British classic TV drama have done if there had been no Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)? The whole television viewing public of Britain was swept up in all 26 episodes of the epic series THE PALLISERS (1974), which I watched again not long ago and it is certainly one of the greatest achievements of British television drama history, magnificent in every way. In 1974 everybody was talking about it and everybody was watching it every week, for half a year. Since then we have seen the excellent Trollope series adaptations of THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (2001), HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT (2004), and now DOCTOR THORNE. The only Trollope series since the 1970s which failed to make the grade was THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES (1982), which was so boring as to be essentially unwatchable. (It had previously been made into two series in 1951 and 1959, though they do not appear to have survived, so one cannot compare them. An additional 90 minute single episode attempt of this was filmed in 1961, which also seems to be lost. Other Trollope series from the early days also seem to have been lost, which is a tragedy.) Trollope brings the Victorian era to life in a way which is so vivid, and also so highly censorious, that we appear to be living in that difficult time when we watch these dramas. DOCTOR THORNE is a savage attack on Victorian aristocratic hypocrisy, venality, snobbery, and inhumanity. We are left wondering: we know it was bad, but was it really that bad? And we fear that perhaps it was. This series is dominated by the commanding performance of Tom Hollander as the idealistic Doctor Thorne, a dedicated provincial doctor in the English countryside who has quietly adopted and raised a niece named Mary Thorne, who had been born out of wedlock in mysterious circumstances. Hollander has always been an excellent actor, but now that he is a bit older, he has achieved gravitas and is even better as he 'matures' than when he was a young whippersnapper. He can easily carry a series in a lead role, which is no mean accomplishment. He is rather short and that was a casting handicap when he was young, but he has now entered John Mills territory, where for a mature actor height no longer matters. The series is full of spectacular performances by the usual top calibre British cast. Rebecca Front, so well known from the series LEWIS (2006-2014, see my review), and also the recent series WAR & PEACE (2016), manages to make herself so odious as Lady Gresham that we want to hiss, and her unctuous arrogance is so perfectly judged that it never goes over the top, no matter how extremely far her bigotry and snobbery may extend. It takes a lot of skill to stop just short of being unbelievable in such a part. An unknown new actress named Stefanie Martini here makes a magnificent debut as Mary Thorne, and surely there is a big future in front of this actress, who previously had appeared only in a single episode of the series ENDEAVOUR in 2012 and nothing else. (IMDb contains no further information about her of any kind, so that one wonders whether she is a Trollope character come to life, who will now subside back into the novel and live the rest of her existence on the printed page.) Janine Duvitski gives a heart-warming and marvellous performance as Lady Scatcherd, the much-ignored little wife of the outrageously over the top roaring character, Sir Roger Scatcherd, played to the hilt by Ian McShane. Phoebe Nicholls is so cringe-making and creepy as the arch snob Countess de Courcy, that one wants not so much to hiss as to spit at her, all testament solely to the mastery of her craft, I do hope. A truly outstanding and absolutely hair-raising performance as Louis Scatherd is delivered by Edward Franklin, a sensational young actor making his debut on screen. IMDb contains no further information about him. He is totally convincing as a wildly drunken, bonkers young heir, and he is so scary one hopes it really is all pretend. (God forfend that one should meet him in a dark alley after he had had a few drinks. Did I say a few? In the series he never stops from morn till night.) There is plenty of poisonous sarcasm and social satire in this series, mixed with high emotion, and all forming a 'jolly good yarn'. Will good triumph over evil? Well, one thing is for sure, this mini-series has triumphed. Niall MacCormick was the director of all three episodes of this series, and has a great deal to be proud of. The well-known Julian Fellowes of DOWNTON ABBEY fame wrote the scripts, thus adding yet more feathers to his heavily-laden cap. Everyone can be proud of this series, and everyone should see it.

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