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Fellowes to adapt Trollope novel

The creator of Downton Abbey is to adapt one of his favourite novels for television.

Julian Fellowes said he "could not be more delighted" that his adaptation of Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope is coming to ITV.

It is the story of Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift except money.

Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters - Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank - whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.

Fellowes said: "As a lifetime devotee of Trollope, my own favourite among the great 19th century English novelists and certainly the strongest influence over my work that I am conscious of, it is tremendously exciting and satisfying to know that my adaptation of one of his best-loved novels is coming to ITV.

"I could not be more delighted."

The three-part drama will be produced by Hat Trick Productions and filming will begin later this year.

ITV's director of drama, Steve November, said: "We're delighted to be working with Julian once again on the drama Doctor Thorne.

"It's a rich and multi-layered story of class and social standing and a timeless love story which Julian has brought to life brilliantly with his inimitable wit and warmth."

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