I was going to wait until the end of the current itv series before commenting but after last nights episode I'm so disappointed there seems no point.
There are so many things wrong with this adaptation, the first being that trying to squeeze it into 3 episodes is a nonsense. The thing I love about Trollope, and assume others love about him too, is that he takes his time telling a story. The plot may hinge on something fairly slight (in this case, will a young couple get together despite some obstacles, or not...) but he really explores those obstacles with the result that we get proper 3 dimensional characters.
Two thirds of the way through this adaptation and I don't feel that at all, Mary's had her life turned upside down a number of times already, but have we been given time to consider how she might feel - no we have not. Has she been given screen time to show us how she might feel about falling in love, discovering her origins aren't entirely respectable, being barred from the company of her oldest friends, realising her uncle hasn't been entirely honest with her - any of it? No, no she has not.
Miss Dunstable should be a much plainer woman, and she really needs to look like she's to old for Frank. Alison Brie, and this is no reflection on her acting, has presumably been chosen to sell this to the U.S market. Frank would be lucky to get this Miss Dunstable, with or without a fortune, it's not convincing that people really would only be after her for her money and it removes layers of nuance from the part.
The connection between the Gresham family and Greshambury has also gone, it's not just about the house and a comfortable way of life, it's hundreds of years of connection between the Gresham's and their tennents. If Frank follows his heart what happens to all the people he's considered responsible for? And what sort of a man is he if he turns his back on those responsibilities - would that man make a good husband for Mary, and how would she feel as his wife if there are always whispers about them? Judging from the series so far we'll never know. Which brings me to Frank's sisters. His marriage will affect their prospects in an age where marriage is basically the only career option open to most girls. It would certainly be all these girls were trained for, but there isn't really any sense of that either.
It's frustrating because the cast is excellent, and clearly doing what they can - it's just such a shame that it's turned out to be such a poor adaptation.