Doctor Thorne is Threaded with a Downton Abbey Style of Fabric
Amazon Studios & Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, based on a series of books by Anthony Trollope. The show stars Tom Hollander, Ian McShane and Alison Brie, will premiere exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. on May 20.
The show resembles Downton Abbey in several ways. Julian Fellowes wrote Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, where he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The costume department reconnects with historic dresses and outfits, and the actors showcase a classical style.
This show, as well as Downton Abbey creates a dialogue between characters that I find to be backwards thinking. In a filmmaking sense, you want to keep it as accurate to that time period as possible. My theory is that film producers should focus on creating forward thinking dialogue without science fiction. As media producers, we shape the way the world looks at itself. I reshape the world to make it a better place. If you can achieve that by glorying the mistakes of the past, then go right ahead. I don’t see it being as effective, but it is easy to consume.
“Doctor Thorne‘s multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up,” says Roy Price, Vice President, Digital Video and Amazon Studios. “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.”
Watch the trailer for Doctor Thorne via Amazon Studios on YouTube.
Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne – Official Trailer
“Downton Abbey captivated audiences for six incredible seasons and it’s a tremendous thrill to be part of creator Julian Fellowes’ next endeavor Doctor Thorne. Amazon Prime is the perfect home to bring Fellowes’ beautiful, smart, and creative world to US audiences,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman ofThe Weinstein Company. “Amazon’s millions of fans who tuned into Downton Abbey will love this new show. Each episode will feature an exclusive, special introduction from Julian Fellowes himself. And we hope this is the first of many Julian Fellowes Presents that we plan on creating with Amazon and our UK partner at Hat Trick.”