16 half-hour episodes. In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women... See full summary »
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1988   1987  
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Eve Matheson ...
 Rebecca Sharp (16 episodes, 1987)
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 Amelia Sedley (15 episodes, 1987)
Simon Dormandy ...
 William Dobbin (12 episodes, 1987)
Jack Klaff ...
 Rawdon Crawley (12 episodes, 1987)
David Swift ...
 Mr. Sedley (11 episodes, 1987)
James Saxon ...
 Joseph 'Jos' Sedley (10 episodes, 1987)
Gillian Raine ...
 Mrs. Sedley (9 episodes, 1987)
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 George Osborne (9 episodes, 1987)
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Pitt Crawley (8 episodes, 1987)
Philippa Urquhart ...
 Miss Briggs (8 episodes, 1987)
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 Sir Pitt Crawley (7 episodes, 1987)
Ray Mort ...
 Raggles (7 episodes, 1987)
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16 half-hour episodes. In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women marry soldiers, and both of them are affected by the Battle of Waterloo. Written by Kathy Li

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Patrick Troughton was booked to play a major role but died before filming. See more »

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Version of Vanity Fair (1922) See more »

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The best series
15 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other comments here. This would probably have to be the best adaptation of a book ever to be done to screen. And it is better than the 1998 series. The characters especially are very true to the book, especially Becky, Osborne, Rawdon and Lord Steyne. They even looked like their descriptions in the book e.g. Becky was small and sandy-haired, George Osborne proud and large-whiskered. By the end of the series I found it very hard to decide whether Becky was "innocent" or "guilty", which was the exact way she was portrayed in the novel. This series caught the colour, richness and comedy of the book, and captured Thackeray's disdain of most of the characters. As said in another comment, if you don't feel like ploughing through the book, watch this series, that is if you can find a copy of it........


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