Amazon Prime Lands Julian Fellowes' 'Doctor Thorne' Series From Weinstein Co.
The three-part period drama — based on the novel by Anthony Trollope — was adapted by the 'Downton Abbey' creator and aired in the U.K. earlier this year.
Downton Abbey's stately doors may have shut for good, but Amazon is hoping the passion for British period drama is still burning bright, having added the latest creation from the show's creator to its streaming lineup of original series.
Doctor Thorne, adapted by Julian Fellowes from the novel by Anthony Trollope and produced by U.K. banner Hat Trick, was picked up to stream on Amazon Prime from its North American rights holders The Weinstein Co.
Announced Tuesday, the show — which already aired in the U.K. on ITV earlier this year — will be made available to Amazon Prime customers in the U.S. as Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, capitalizing on the writer's Oscar- and Emmy-winning U.S. credentials.
Starring Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Ian McShane (Ray Donovan) and Alison Brie (Mad Men), the story is a classic Fellowes tale of fortune, poverty, illegitimacy, marriage and entitlement — all set around a quintessentially British country estate.
"Doctor Thorne's multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up," said Roy Price, vp, digital video and Amazon Studios, adding that he hoped to make its Prime Video platform the home to "even more" future projects from Fellowes.
"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." said Harvey Weinstein.
"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 U.K. partner at Hat Trick."
When it was broadcast in the U.K. in March, Doctor Thorne lost out in the battle for the Sunday night TV ratings crown — previously dominated by Downton Abbey — with the BBC's acclaimed Tom Hiddleston-starring spy thriller The Night Manager claiming the lion's share of viewers.