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 Becky Sharp (6 episodes, 1998)
Frances Grey ...
 Amelia Sedley (6 episodes, 1998)
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 William Dobbin (6 episodes, 1998)
David Ross ...
 Mr. Sedley (6 episodes, 1998)
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 Rawdon Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Pitt Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Bute Crawley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Mrs. Sedley (5 episodes, 1998)
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 Jos Sedley (4 episodes, 1998)
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 George Osborne (4 episodes, 1998)
Frances Tomelty ...
 Mrs. O'Dowd (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Bute Crawley (4 episodes, 1998)
Mark Lambert ...
 Major O'Dowd (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. John Osborne (4 episodes, 1998)
Janet Dale ...
 Miss Briggs (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Jane Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Miss Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Jane Osborne (3 episodes, 1998)
Robert Cole ...
 Little Rawdon (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Sir Pitt Crawley (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Bareacres (3 episodes, 1998)
Daniel Hart ...
 Ensign Stubble (3 episodes, 1998)
Zohren Weiss ...
 Little Georgy (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lord Steyne (3 episodes, 1998)
John Surman ...
 Horrocks (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lord Bareacres (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Blanche (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Raggles (3 episodes, 1998)
Linal Haft ...
 Moss (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Wenham (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Miss Swartz (2 episodes, 1998)
Felix Dexter ...
 Samuel (2 episodes, 1998)
Paul Bigley ...
 Isidor (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Crawley (2 episodes, 1998)
Casey O'Connor ...
 Little Violet (2 episodes, 1998)
Zoe Chester ...
 Little Rose (2 episodes, 1998)
Pom Boyd ...
 Glorvina O'Dowd (2 episodes, 1998)
Vicki Pepperdine ...
 Ann Dobbin (2 episodes, 1998)
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 General Tufto (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Chopper (2 episodes, 1998)
Martin Hodgson ...
 Ensign Spooney (2 episodes, 1998)
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the backdrop of Regency England & in continental Europe during the Napoleonic War. Written by Jonnie Heldreich

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A Feira das Vaidades  »

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The pink gown with short sleeves worn by Sara Powell (Miss Swartz) at Miss Pinkerton's school is the same gown worn by Cesca Martin in The Regency House Party (2004). See more »

Quotes

Rawdon Crawley: You don't mind the smell of my cigar, I hope?
Becky Sharp: No, I love it. I wonder if I might...
Rawdon Crawley: Yes?
Becky Sharp: You... wouldn't tell?
Rawdon Crawley: What, me? No! Never, damn it! ...Ah, what?
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Version of Vanity Fair (1922) See more »

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L'Amour et du Vin
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Performed by Natasha Little
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Brilliant portrayal of a psychopath
12 April 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There has been a ridiculous number of movies about psychopathic killers - Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, Copycat, The Cell, etc, etc - and yet for a realistic depiction of a psychopath, this mini-series leaves them all far behind. If you want to see what the average psychopath is like (or perhaps I should say above average, because there is nothing average about Becky Sharp), this is far more true to life than all the others. The reality is that for every Hannibal Lecter in the world, there are a thousand Becky Sharps, and together they do far more damage than all the serial killers. I can only think that Thackeray must have known someone like her, because you can't get this close to reality by sheer imagination, and I don't know of any literary examples he could have copied from.

Of course, the novel, and the series, are about far more than one character

  • they are in fact about Vanity Fair, the world that Thackerary knew and
didn't particularly love, the society which was so warped and hypocritical (rather like ours today, in fact) that it allowed characters like Becky Sharp to prosper.

This is not nearly as pleasant as the usual BBC mini-series, but it is compulsively watchable; the depiction is almost flawless and Natasha Little does a brilliant job portraying the woman we love to hate. The rest of the cast is also excellent, including Nathaniel Parker as Rawdon, the principal victim of his wife's intrigues, Philip Glenister as the lovable but awfully clumsy Dobbin and David Bradley as the appalling baronet Sir Pitt Crawley.


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