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For fans of Downton Abbey, the shows conclusion this past winter likely left a country estate sized hole in their hearts. But fear not! It appears that they won’t have long to wait before the next costumed British upper-crust drama arrives on their screens, with the news that Julian Fellows (the brains behind Abbey) has a new series, Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne, set to debut on May 20 on Amazon.
The write up of the series sounds a good deal like Abbey, including a aristocratic family who loses the family fortune, and it stars a number of heavy hitters from the world of television. Per the show’s press release:
“In the series, Dr. Thomas Thorne (Tom Hollander, Pirates of the Caribbean 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 the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham (Rebecca Front, Humans). But Lady Arabella’s world is forever changed when she learns that her beloved son is planning to elope with common-born Mary, rather than follow through on his arranged marriage to the rich American heiress Martha Dunstable (Allison Brie, Community). Unbeknownst to the rest of the town, the prestigious Gresham family has all but lost their fortune after their patriarch Francis Gresham Senior (Richard McCabe, Cinderella) squandered it on one of his many fruitless pursuits; they’re now forced to take loans from drunken millionaire Sir Roger Scatcherd (Ian McShane, Deadwood) in order to survive. Lady Arabella’s scheme to regain their fortune through the arranged marriage now seems poised for disaster; but Lady Arabella is not one to be easily dissuaded, and thus resolves to achieve her goal by any means necessary.”
So, if you are looking for your British drama, look no further. All episodes of the series’ first season will debut on Amazon on May 20th.