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Series cast summary:
 Dorothea Brooke / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Dr. Tertius Lydgate / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 Arthur Brooke (7 episodes, 1994)
 Bulstrode / ... (7 episodes, 1994)
 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)
 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)
 Mrs. Cadwallader (6 episodes, 1994)
 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)
 Mr. Bambridge (4 episodes, 1994)
 Raffles (4 episodes, 1994)
David Belcher ...
 Mr. Chicheley / ... (4 episodes, 1994)
Fanny Carby ...
 Mrs. Kell (4 episodes, 1994)
 Peter Featherstone (3 episodes, 1994)
 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)
 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 <>

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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?
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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

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