I had never read Anthony Trollope before watching "Doctor Thorne." This miniseries is one of the best I've seen in ages. Julian Fellowes (of "Downton Abbey") introduces each part and provides commentary. The main character is an ethical man whose poker face hides many secrets. He knows that his niece of questionable lineage could be an heiress. He knows that her admirer's father is indebted to a crass and classless member of the nouveau riche. He knows that this wealthy newcomer to society is dying. And he knows that these sequence of events could end tragically for many unless he allows himself to meddle, which is antithetical to his nature. The acting is marvelous; the story unfolds as I hoped but could not have predicted, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The only son of the squire of Greshamsbury faces opposition from his mother when he falls in love with and wants to marry Dr. Thorne's pretty but poor and illegitimate niece.