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Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun British Victorian-era soapy romance has mature themes.

Movie NR 2016 175 minutes
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This entertaining British miniseries offers viewers a story full of romance and class distinctions that promises stately soap opera-like drama and a happy ending. Despite some creative license taken with the TV adaptation, it stays true to Trollope's work, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at Victorian high society and the hypocrisy that resulted from trying to maintain it.

It's not as energetic as Downton Abbey, but there are some robust characters here thanks to Rebecca Front and Ian McShane's performances. Meanwhile, Julian Fellowes' stately introductions at the beginning of each installment give it Masterpiece Theatre-like quality that adds to the show's flair. The costumes, grand English estates, and, of course, British accents also make it a worthwhile watch for those who like period pieces from across the pond.

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