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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 Mary Bold (6 episodes, 1982)
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 Bishop Proudie (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Obadiah Slope (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Charlotte Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Bertie Stanhope (5 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Bunce (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Samuel Grantly (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Letitia Quiverful (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Abel Handy (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Francis Arabin (3 episodes, 1982)
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 John Bold (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Dr. Gwynne (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Tom Towers (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Moody (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Dr. Vesey Stanhope (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Gazy (2 episodes, 1982)
Denis Carey ...
 Job Skulpit (2 episodes, 1982)
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 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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Donald Pleasence was cast at short notice after the first choice died. See more »

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Bishop Proudie: The canon-in-residence is not *in* residence.
Rev. Obadiah Slope: I understand he is in Italy.
Bishop Proudie: Italy?
Rev. Obadiah Slope: On the banks of Lake Como.
Mrs. Proudie: Whatever is a canon in residence doing on the banks of Lake Como?
Rev. Obadiah Slope: Apparently he collects butterflies.
Mrs. Proudie: I cannot imagine the bishop looking kindly upon a canon in residence who spends his time collecting butterflies- especially Italian butterflies.
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Featured in The Two Loves of Anthony Trollope (2004) See more »

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Masterly transfer from book(s) to film.
17 September 2001 | by (Lincolnshire,England) – See all my reviews

One runs out of superlatives to describe this flawless representation of Trollope's masterpieces of ecclesiastical fiction. Against the sumptuous background of Peterborough Cathedral and its environs, one is carried into Trollope's world of the intriguing machinations of the clerical establishment of Barchester. Backed by the authenticity of the period detail, the portrayal of all the characters accurately conveys the whole range of human emotions within the stories,without a weak link amongst the members of the cast. In would be invidious to name particular names as meriting special attention, when even the smallest cameo stands comparison with the principals, but I would select Geraldine McEwen, Alan Rickman and Nigel Hawthorne for special commendation - their performances being of the type where the actors disappear and the characters come to life !I was particularly impressed by the clarity of diction and the beautiful,expressive language in this film A 'must see' not only for lovers of Trollope, but anyone interested in seeing character acting at its very best !


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