Doctor Thorne

Andrew Davies described his screenwriting approach to War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice yesterday. Captivated by Julian Fellowes’ ITV adaptation of Doctor Thorne (1/3) tonight. It’s a sumptuous delight – and there’ll doubtless be more written about the detail later. Suffice to say, for now, that I think Tolstoy, Austen and Trollope would be spellbound and delighted. Even post-Downton I hadn’t realised quite how much the great modern screenwriter is a supreme artist in his or her own right.