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Series 1 - Episode 2
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It’s a shame this waspish adaptation is only three episodes long. On the plus side, it means the plot rattles along. Trollope’s characters are bounced nicely through their scenes by Julian Fellowes’ script and when you’ve got the likes of Ian McShane tearing into the role of roguish drunkard Sir Roger Scatcherd, brandy bottle never far from his lips, there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Scatcherd’s heir Louis now enters the story. He comes trailing whiffs of sulphur and casting covetous eyes over both Mary and the teetering Greshambury estate.
Young Frank Gresham, meanwhile, is pointed again at that nice American heiress and told to do his duty. The result is one of those lovely period-drama scenes where what is so touching is what is not said.
Sir Roger falls seriously ill. Dr Thorne does his best to ease the old man's pain, but feels certain that he will die soon. The railway entrepreneur's son Louis comes to see him in his last days, and to the doctor's horror, takes an immediate liking to Mary. Meanwhile, Miss Dunstable urges Frank to follow his heart despite increasing pressure from Lady Arabella to put his family's future ahead of his feelings in matters of marriage. Adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel, starring Tom Hollander and Ian McShane.
Cast & Crew
Sir Roger Scatcherd
Lady Arabella Gresham
Frank Gresham Sr
Countess de Courcy
Earl de Courcy
Lady Augusta Gresham
Lady Beatrice Gresham
Lady Alexandrina de Courcy
Man at Moffatt's speech
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