A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.
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 Lovelace (4 episodes, 1991)
Saskia Wickham ...
 Clarissa Harlowe (4 episodes, 1991)
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 James (4 episodes, 1991)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Arabella Harlowe / ... (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Anna Howe (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Jack Belford (4 episodes, 1991)
Jeffry Wickham ...
 Mr. Harlowe (3 episodes, 1991)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Mrs. Sinclair (3 episodes, 1991)
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 Sally (3 episodes, 1991)
Lucy Robinson ...
 Deb (3 episodes, 1991)
Darby Hawker ...
 Dorcas (3 episodes, 1991)
Frances Viner ...
 Mrs. Harlowe (3 episodes, 1991)
Ralph Riach ...
 Uncle Anthony (3 episodes, 1991)
Jon Sotherton ...
 Hickman (3 episodes, 1991)
Matthew Wait ...
 Joe Leman (3 episodes, 1991)
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 Tomlinson (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Solmes (2 episodes, 1991)
Lorna Heilbron ...
 Mrs. Howe (2 episodes, 1991)
Julia Dearden ...
 Mrs. Moore (2 episodes, 1991)
Allison Hancock ...
 Betty (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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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 »

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James: Pinch your cheeks, Bella. Your face must be your fortune now.
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Cuckolds All A Row
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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Classic BBC Drama
30 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a regular watcher of Masterpiece Theatre, but I saw this a long time ago and have not been able to get it out of my head. Sean Bean is INCREDIBLY wicked as Lovelace, the man that practically destroys the title character.

Clarissa (Saskia Wickham)is a young woman in the 18th century. Her parents are forcing her into a marriage, and are clearly doing it for the money (She received an inheritance from her late grandfather). She ends up running away from her home and into the devious arms of Lovelace (Sean Bean), who basically wants to sleep with her. Her steadfast refusal starts a chain of events that turn incredibly ugly.

Sean Bean is such a scene stealer that he should had gotten flogged for his performance. He is loathsome and seductive at the same time. So much so that you can't help but fall in love with him.


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