Julian Fellowes has dismissed suggestions that his latest ITV period drama, Doctor Thorne, is the new Downton Abbey, telling The Daily Express that it’s not intended to be a long-running series:
“It worries me slightly when I see ‘Doctor Thorne is the new Downton’ because it isn’t. 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.”
Doctor Thorne is billed as a three-part drama, and premiered March 6, 2016 in the UK on ITV.
It may not last seven seasons, but stay tuned to find out whether Doctor Thorne extends into a second chapter…