Dr Thomas Thorne lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire with his young niece, Mary, who is blessed with every gift except money. Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham family and Francis Gresham Senior has managed to fritter away the family fortune. Lady Arabella Gresham and the rest of the family face loosing the family home.
Season 1, Episode 1
After Doctor Thorne’s penniless niece, Mary, is excluded from the wedding of her childhood friend, she quizzes her uncle for the truth of her birth. She is shocked to find out that she is the illegitimate child of his late brother.