Amazon Prime Video Gets Original Series From 'Downton Abbey' Creator3 May, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Amazon Prime Video May 3 announced it secured license rights to period soap opera “Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne” from The Weinstein Co.
Fellowes, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Gosford Park, created hit PBS series “Downton Abbey,” which generated three Golden Globe Awards, among others, and has nearly doubled in streaming hours year-over-year on Prime Video.
“Doctor Thorne,” which represents Fellowes’ followup to “Abbey,” stars Tom Hollander (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane (“Ray Donovan”) as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie (“Mad Men”) as Miss Martha Dunstable.
In the series, Thorne lives a quiet life with his niece Mary (Stefani Martini, “Endeavour”) in the English village of Greshambury, which is ruled with an iron fist by Lady Arabella Gresham (Rebecca Front, “Humans”). But Lady Arabella’s world is forever changed when she learns that her son is planning to elope with common-born Mary, rather than follow through on his arranged marriage to the rich American heiress Martha Dunstable (Brie).
“Doctor Thorne’s multilayered storytelling coupled with an outstanding ensemble cast is an exciting addition to our line-up,” Roy Price, VP of digital video and Amazon Studios. “We hope to make Prime Video the home for even more of Julian Fellowes’ future projects.”