Middlemarch (1994)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Drama, History, Romance
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 1,528 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 4 critic

This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 31 Jan 2012
a list of 46 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
list image
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
a list of 22 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 29 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Middlemarch" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Middlemarch (1994– )

Middlemarch (1994– ) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Middlemarch.

User Polls




6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

He Knew He Was Right (TV Mini-Series 2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage.

Stars: Oliver Dimsdale, Christina Cole, Laura Fraser
The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Four American girls go to England to find husbands.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino
Cranford (TV Series 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton
Vanity Fair (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister
The Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Movie 2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker
Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May
Little Dorrit (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay
The Mill on the Floss (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lawyer Wakem takes away the mill on the river Floss from Edward Tulliver, whose ancestors owned it for 300 years, and becomes the worst enemy of Tulliver's family. When Edward's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Theakston
Stars: Emily Watson, Cheryl Campbell, James Frain
Bleak House (TV Mini-Series 2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

Stars: Olivia Hallinan, Sarah Lancashire, Julia Sawalha
Lillie (TV Mini-Series 1978)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

Stars: Francesca Annis, Catherine Feller, Peggy Ann Wood
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Stars: James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville, Philip Davis
Emma (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller


Series cast summary:
 Dorothea Brooke / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Dr. Tertius Lydgate / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Arthur Brooke (7 episodes, 1994)
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Bulstrode / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
Trevyn McDowell ...
 Rosamond Vincy / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Will Ladislaw (7 episodes, 1994)
 Fred Vincy (7 episodes, 1994)
 Sir James Chettam (7 episodes, 1994)
Colum Convey ...
 Mr. Hawley (7 episodes, 1994)
 Rev. Farebrother / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
Stephen Moore ...
 Mayor Vincy (7 episodes, 1994)
Rosemary Martin ...
 Mrs. Bulstrode / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
Caroline Harker ...
 Celia Brooke / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Caleb Garth (6 episodes, 1994)
Ronald Hines ...
 Mr. Standish (6 episodes, 1994)
Rachel Power ...
 Mary Garth (6 episodes, 1994)
Mary Hanefey ...
 Lady Chettam (6 episodes, 1994)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 Mrs. Cadwallader (6 episodes, 1994)
Jacqueline Tong ...
 Mrs. Vincy (6 episodes, 1994)
James Garbutt ...
 Dr. Wrench (5 episodes, 1994)
Patti Love ...
 Mrs. Plymdale (5 episodes, 1994)
Cheryl Fergison ...
 Pritchard (5 episodes, 1994)
Roger Milner ...
 Pratt (5 episodes, 1994)
 Mrs. Garth (5 episodes, 1994)
 Rev. Edward Casaubon (4 episodes, 1994)
Fred Pearson ...
 Mr. Bambridge (4 episodes, 1994)
John Savident ...
 Raffles (4 episodes, 1994)
David Belcher ...
 Mr. Chicheley / ... (4 episodes, 1994)
Fanny Carby ...
 Mrs. Kell (4 episodes, 1994)
 Peter Featherstone (3 episodes, 1994)
Roy Holder ...
 Hiram Ford (3 episodes, 1994)
 Mrs. Dollop (3 episodes, 1994)
David Sibley ...
 Mr. Spooner (3 episodes, 1994)
Richard Butler ...
 Mr. Powderell (3 episodes, 1994)
 Lydgate's Maid / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
Freda Dowie ...
 Mrs. Waule / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
Ian Driver ...
 Mr. Plymdale / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
Ben Jeffery ...
 Ben Garth (3 episodes, 1994)
Susan Porrett ...
 Tantripp (3 episodes, 1994)
 Solomon Featherstone (3 episodes, 1994)
Jeremy Sinden ...
 Captain Lydgate (3 episodes, 1994)
 Dagley (3 episodes, 1994)
Nathan Valente ...
 Alfred Garth (3 episodes, 1994)
Sally Mates ...
 Mrs. Abel (2 episodes, 1994)
 George Eliot (2 episodes, 1994)
Robert Blythe ...
 Heckler (2 episodes, 1994)
Ken Campbell ...
 Mr. Mawmsey (2 episodes, 1994)
Jonathan Hackett ...
 Joshua Rigg (2 episodes, 1994)
Jane Hollowood ...
 Mrs. Dagley (2 episodes, 1994)
Sophie Jeffrey ...
 Letty Garth (2 episodes, 1994)
Terry John ...
 Mr. Sparks (2 episodes, 1994)
Geoffrey Toone ...
 Sir Godwin Lydgate (2 episodes, 1994)
Geoffrey Wilkinson ...
 Jenkins (2 episodes, 1994)


This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted from the George Eliot classic of the same name, the plot centers on the socially conscious, but naive Dorothea Brooke, whose disastrous match to the pedantic Rev. Edward Casaubon sets in motion a chain of events that will change the face of Middlemarch forever. The efforts of the dashing young physician, Tertius Lydgate, to modernize the medical practices at the new hospital causes quite a stir, both in the political power structure, headed by the evil Mr. Nicholas Bulstrode, and the heart of sweet Rosamund Vincey, the town beauty. Smaller plots interweave the action and lead to reconciliation, resignation, remuneration and resolution. Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | History | Romance


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 January 1994 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Apagorevmeno pathos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The final score composed by Stanley Myers. He died shortly before the premiere. See more »


Dr. Tertius Lydgate: The reason doctors prescribe so much medicine, Mr. Mawmsey, is because it's the only way they can make their money. If they could charge for their consultation then they wouldn't have to overdose the King's legion. And that's the worst kind of treason, eh?
See more »


Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliant adaptation of George Eliot's masterpiece
26 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Of all of George Eliot's novels, all of which are at least worth reading, Middlemarch gets my vote for personal favourite. It's an incredibly rich story in detail and emotion and the characters are human and complex, though some like Casaubon are purposefully not very likable. And what a brilliant adaptation this is, even better than 2002's Daniel Deronda and that was fabulous as well. Both share the same virtues but 1994's Middlemarch for me is superior because the ending is far more satisfying(if not as bleak as the source material). Middlemarch from a visual stand-point is of very high quality to look, the locations are just splendid, the costumes and period detail very authentic with an eye for detail and the series is wonderfully shot as well, simple but not simplistic and expressive but not overly-elaborate. The music is sensitively orchestrated and understated, not sounding out of place whatsoever. The writing is as rich and human as that in the book, the social commentary strongly emphasised without falling into the trap of swamping things. It also is delivered naturally, has a sense of structure and flow and is adapted intelligently. The adaptation is very faithful(apart from the omission of one plot-point), and the constantly riveting storytelling is layered without trying too hard or feeling bloated. It is easy for a faithful adaptation to be bogged down from being too faithful or trying to do too much, Middlemarch doesn't do that. The pacing is relatively slow and deliberate but the adaptation benefits from that. As anybody who's a fan of the book would argue for a book as detailed as Middlemarch is that that kind of pacing is needed so that it all makes sense and has time to breathe and resonate. The same can also be said for the long(around the 6-hour mark)length. The direction is controlled and subtle, doing nothing to undermine the drama within the story, and the acting is excellent from all. Robert Hardy in particular is a joy to watch, and Michael Hordern also seems to be having a ball. Juliet Aubrey plays Dorothea with strength and passion though the wild streak may take some getting used to, Douglas Hodge is appropriately dashing and idealistic and Rufus Sewell full of brooding charisma. Patrick Malahide makes for a creepy Casaubon, and Judi Dench's voice over is wonderfully sincere and makes the story comprehensible for those unfamiliar and manages to do that without feeling too obvious. To conclude, in every way this adaptation of Middlemarch is brilliant and does justice to a literary masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
dorothea suppose to be beautiful spontenious2000
Who is your favourite character???? Oaky93
waited 6 hours for that? sbs805
Book to movie-- what was lost? xcarex
Sam Mendes to direct new film version... JamesPeach
Scary Cassaubon Oaky93
Discuss Middlemarch (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: