Once upon a time, the world of BBC period drama was introduced to me by way of the likes of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters. As a starry-eyed teenager, I was swept up in the romanticism. As an adult, and multiple viewings later, I am still in awe of that magnetism, but can also appreciate that there is more to say than merely its pretty picture inclination. What does Wives and Daughters have to do with today’s review? Well, I shall tell you. The latest ITV miniseries, Doctor Thorne greatly reminded me of the “classic” Gaskell story. It was more the look of the drama than the story, however, which is, really quite different.
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