Clarissa (1991– )

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A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

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Complete series cast summary:
Saskia Wickham ...
 Clarissa Harlowe / ... (4 episodes, 1991)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Arabella Harlowe / ... (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Anna Howe (4 episodes, 1991)
Frances Viner ...
 Mrs. Harlowe (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Lovelace (4 episodes, 1991)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Mrs. Sinclair (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Jack Belford (4 episodes, 1991)
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 James (4 episodes, 1991)
Darby Hawker ...
 Dorcas (3 episodes, 1991)
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 Sally (3 episodes, 1991)
Ralph Riach ...
 Uncle Anthony (3 episodes, 1991)
Lucy Robinson ...
 Deb (3 episodes, 1991)
Jon Sotherton ...
 Hickman (3 episodes, 1991)
Matthew Wait ...
 Joe Leman (3 episodes, 1991)
Jeffry Wickham ...
 Mr. Harlowe (3 episodes, 1991)
Julia Dearden ...
 Mrs. Moore (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Tomlinson (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Solmes (2 episodes, 1991)
Allison Hancock ...
 Betty (2 episodes, 1991)
Lorna Heilbron ...
 Mrs. Howe (2 episodes, 1991)
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Clarissa Harlowe is a young 18th-century Englishwoman. Her family have aspirations to move into the aristocracy and want her to marry the repellent Mr Soames as part of their plan. Clarissa manages to escape from them with the help of the handsome Lovelace, whose intentions towards her prove to be less than entirely honourable. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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5 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Samuel Richardson's Clarissa - History of a Young Lady  »

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With a budget of over £3 million, filming on Clarissa began 29 Apr 1991 and continued for 16 weeks until 19 July 1991. Locations included several large country houses (one in the north of England, another near Stratford, and a third in Hampstead). Some exteriors were shot outside The Inns of Court in London but much of the filming was done at London's Ealing Studios, where a three-storey Georgian house was specially constructed for the series. See more »

Quotes

[after Clarissa has fled from home, her family are trying to find her. Her brother goes to see her best friend]
Anna: Even if I knew where she was, which I don't, my mother has forbidden me to write.
James: Surely you do not mean to frustrate any hopes we have of a reconciliation?
Anna: On whose terms?
James: [to Anna's mother] Is it a daughter's place to bandy terms?
Anna: Or a brother's to impose them? If my friend wishes to be reconciled, I'm sure she remembers your address.
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Cuckolds All A Row
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Traditional
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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4 June 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

One of the most nightmarish stories ever to appear on "Masterpiece Theater". Its like a paranoid fantasy of Evil obsessed with the relentless pursuit of the destruction of Good. Amazing acting, period costumes, and sets. I don't think that I could take seeing it again.


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