After Julian Fellowes’ success with Downton Abbey which last night aired its final episode in the United States, hopes were high for his follow-up project, the three part drama Doctor Thorne.
However, after the first episode aired at 9pm yesterday, it didn’t take long for those watching to take to Twitter to share their less than great opinions on the show.
— Tracey Morrissey (@Traceyteebone) March 6, 2016
So sad #DoctorThorne has lost me already, filmed in most maddening way with background all bleary, I shld know the technical name but don't.
— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) March 6, 2016
Lost interest in this #DoctorThorne thing. Dull and none of the characters are interesting enough. ??
— John Sneddon (@johncsneddon) March 6, 2016
— ickle reviews (@ICKLEtweets) March 6, 2016
Got fed up of Doctor Thorne and did the washing up instead.
— Julia R (@julia_richards) March 6, 2016
Julian Fellowes scrapes the bottom of the barrel with badly made Doctor Thorne. Why did the great Ian McShane, get involved in this turkey?
— Terry Hodgkinson (@terry602000) March 6, 2016
Doctor Thorne is adapted from the novel of the same name by Anthony Trollope which sees Tom Hollander (also seen in rival BBC1 show The Night Manager) in the lead role, trying to find his way through English society while at the same time, securing the fortunes of his niece Mary.
Fellowes had previously spoken about Doctor Thorne saying:
“It’s a little piece; it’s a little three-parter, a love story for spring to enjoy and watch and cry at the end. It’s a smaller thing. I love that kind of television and I don’t want people to think this is the next Downton and that we’ll still be here in seven years time because we just won’t.”
Viewing figures for the episode were revealed this morning and unsurprisingly, Doctor Thorne, with 3.8M viewers, lost out to The Night Manager which held steady with 6.2M.