When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.
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 Rev. Septimus Harding (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Eleanor Bold / ... (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Susan Grantly (7 episodes, 1982)
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 Mary Bold (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Bishop Proudie (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Proudie (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Obadiah Slope (5 episodes, 1982)
Susan Hampshire ...
 La Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni (5 episodes, 1982)
Susan Edmonstone ...
 Charlotte Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
Peter Blythe ...
 Bertie Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
Joseph O'Conor ...
 Mr. Bunce (4 episodes, 1982)
William Redgrave ...
 Samuel Grantly (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Bishop Grantly (3 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Maynard ...
 Baby John Bold (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Quiverful (3 episodes, 1982)
Maggie Jones ...
 Letitia Quiverful (3 episodes, 1982)
Clifford Parrish ...
 Abel Handy (3 episodes, 1982)
Derek New ...
 Francis Arabin (3 episodes, 1982)
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 John Bold (2 episodes, 1982)
Trevor Baxter ...
 Dr. Gwynne (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Tom Towers (2 episodes, 1982)
Wally Thomas ...
 Mr. Moody (2 episodes, 1982)
Richard Bebb ...
 Dr. Vesey Stanhope (2 episodes, 1982)
Kenneth Keeling ...
 Mr. Gazy (2 episodes, 1982)
Denis Carey ...
 Job Skulpit (2 episodes, 1982)
Richard Leech ...
 Wilfred Thorne (2 episodes, 1982)
Ursula Howells ...
 Miss Thorne (2 episodes, 1982)
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The Barchester Chronicles, a BBC miniseries, is adapted from two mid-19th century novels by Anthony Trollope. When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing report about the use of church funds. Consequently, an honorable middle-aged clergyman (Donald Pleasence) is forced into moral crisis and a conflict with his son-in-law, a pompous archdeacon (Nigel Hawthorne) and his youngest daughter's beloved (David Gwillim). The arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift), his domineering wife (Geraldine McEwan), and a devious chaplain (Alan Rickman) - who may be hiding secrets - add to the dramatic scheming and complex power struggles among a colorful cast of characters. Written by Lulupalooza

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Sir Abraham Haphazard: Give up this idea, Mr. Harding. A man is never the best judge of his own position.
Rev. Septimus Harding: A man is the best judge of his own feelings. I would rather beg than see those words written about me in the Jupiter, and know that the man who wrote those words has truth on his side. My God knows whether I love my daughter, but I would rather that she and I begged in the streets, than that she should live in comfort on money which is rightly the property of the poor! I'm sorry. And now you should know that from...
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Alan Rickman is a great virtue - and a great problem
13 November 2002 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

Alan Rickman was apparently the second choice for the part of Obadiah Slope. I have no idea who the original selection was - but I bet he's been kicking himself ever since!

In the book, Slope is portrayed as a somewhat uneasy cross between a buffoon and a disturbing snake in the grass. Every time he threatens to become too dangerous, Trollope proceeds to undermine him again.

I believe that the reason why Rickman was offered the part is because the director wanted an actor who could come across as amusing and sleazy, yet plausibly creepy - and sexy.

Slope HAS to possess a great deal of animal magnetism, as this is what explains the extremely strong reaction he produces in otherwise respectable ladies of whatever age.

Rickman certainly gets THAT across - in spades. He may not be conventionally good-looking - but he's totally incapable of playing an asexual character.

Problem is, he ends up completely overwhelming Mrs Bold's other two suitors. Any heterosexual female viewer with any sense will keep shouting at the screen: "You daft bat! Forget Arabin! It's Slope you want!!!!!"

I agree, Arabin is far better served by the book than this adaptation.


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