The first drama serial in color produced by the BBC. Rebecca "Becky" Sharp is an impoverished, strong-willed and cunning young woman determined to make her way in the early 19th-century British society.
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 Becky Sharp 5 episodes, 1967
Dyson Lovell ...
 Rawdon Crawley 5 episodes, 1967
Bryan Marshall ...
 Captain Dobbin 5 episodes, 1967
Marilyn Taylerson ...
 Amelia Osborne 5 episodes, 1967
Roy Marsden ...
 George Osborne 4 episodes, 1967
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 Jos Sedley 4 episodes, 1967
Barbara Couper ...
 Miss Matilda Crawley 3 episodes, 1967
Barbara Leake ...
 Mrs. Sedley 3 episodes, 1967
Michael Rothwell ...
 Pitt Crawley 3 episodes, 1967
Howard Taylor ...
 Horrocks 3 episodes, 1967
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 Sir Pitt Crawley 3 episodes, 1967
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The first drama serial in color produced by the BBC. Rebecca "Becky" Sharp is an impoverished, strong-willed and cunning young woman determined to make her way in the early 19th-century British society.

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Sparkling early colour production
24 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Vanity Fair was I think BBC's first colour serial, made in 1967 with Susan Hampshire and Roy Marsden, both looking impossibly young, as Becky Sharp and George Osbourne.

Thackaray's novel is set in the Napoleonic Wars and cries out for colour and life, both of which this five parter delivers. From the opening with a puppet show to lovely performances, largely from actors now forgotten, this adaptation is very good and wears its age well.

As Becky, Susan Hampshire isn't as obviously scheming as Eve Matheson was twenty years later, but she radiates charm with a knowing smile. It is an interpretation of the character which works well.


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