Friday, May 20, 2016

Doctor Thorne - Free on Kindle & Free to Stream for Prime

Available on Amazon

Fellowes Introduces Trollope to a New Generation

I haven't a chance to read this week because of real life, so this is going to be a TV post. A book to TV post, to be exact, if that counts.

Amazon is streaming, free for Prime members, Doctor Thorne. This is a 3 part mini-series that Julian Fellowes, of Downton Abbey fame, scripted for ITV. It aired in Britain in March of this year.

It stars Tom Hollander, the actor who plays a great antagonist in roles like Corky in The Night Manager and East India Company boss Cutler Beckett in Pirates of the Caribbean, as the kindly but poor Doctor Thorne. It will be interesting to see him play against type.

The story is from Anthony Trollope's third book in Chronicles of Barsetshire series and centers on the romance between Doctor Thorne's illegitimate niece Mary (Stefani Martini) and Frank Gresham (Harry Richardson), the son of the local Squire. As you can imagine this is a very ill-advised match and Frank's mama is dead set against it! Not to mention that the Greshams have wasted a lot of money on trying to get the squire elected to Parliament and are now in dire need of funds. Frank simply must marry a girl with a very nice dowry or the family will be ruined.

In the books, Doctor Thorne is a sort of sequel to the two books, The Warden and Barchester Towers, that the The Barchester Chronicles was adapted from.  (I watched that earlier this year as part of an Alan Rickman tribute.)

Anthony Trollope's novel Doctor Thorne is actually free on kindle,  so grab it if you don't have a copy. If you don't have Prime, you can still watch the series free via a Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

Have a great weekend, folks!

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