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24 November 2002 (UK) See more »
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. Full summary »
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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No "Middlemarch, but still pretty decent See more (25 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 38 of 39)

Hugh Dancy ... Daniel Deronda (3 episodes, 2002)

Romola Garai ... Gwendolen Harleth (3 episodes, 2002)

Hugh Bonneville ... Henleigh Grandcourt (3 episodes, 2002)

Jodhi May ... Mirah Lapidoth (3 episodes, 2002)

Edward Fox ... Sir Hugo Mallinger (3 episodes, 2002)

Amanda Root ... Mrs. Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)

David Bamber ... Lush (3 episodes, 2002)

Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)

Jamie Bamber ... Hans Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Georgie Glen ... Lady Mallinger (3 episodes, 2002)

Kate Maberly ... Kate Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Lisa Jackson ... Mab Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)
Serena Martin ... Phoebe Meyrick (3 episodes, 2002)

Anna Popplewell ... Fanny Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)
Clarista Hoult ... Mallinger girl #1 (3 episodes, 2002)
Emma Deigman ... Mallinger girl #2 (3 episodes, 2002)
Poppy Rogers ... Mallinger girl #3 (3 episodes, 2002)

Allan Corduner ... Herr Klesmer (3 episodes, 2002)
Anna Steel ... Catherine Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)
Joe Starrs ... Young Henleigh (3 episodes, 2002)
Gillian Maguire ... Bertha Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)

Anna Maguire ... Isobel Davilow (3 episodes, 2002)

Greta Scacchi ... Lydia Glasher (3 episodes, 2002)

Nicholas Day ... Lord Brackenshaw (3 episodes, 2002)

Michael Elwyn ... Mr. Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)

Delia Lindsay ... Mrs. Arrowpoint (3 episodes, 2002)
Nickolas Grace ... Vandernoodt (3 episodes, 2002)
Lesley Stratton ... Adelaide Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Daniel Marks ... Jacob Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Marks ... Rebecca Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Stephanie Jacob ... Gadmere servant / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Diana Brooks ... Mrs. Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)

Richard Durden ... Gentleman (2 episodes, 2002)
Daniel Evans ... Mordecai (2 episodes, 2002)
Keeley Gainey ... Meyrick Maid / ... (2 episodes, 2002)
Jane How ... Lady Pentreath (2 episodes, 2002)
Simon Schatzberger ... Ezra Cohen (2 episodes, 2002)
Sarah Twist ... Lady (2 episodes, 2002)

Series Directed by
Tom Hooper (3 episodes, 2002)
Series Writing credits
Andrew Davies (1 episode, 2002)
George Eliot (1 episode, 2002)

Series Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH Boston (1 episode, 2002)
Kate Harwood .... executive producer: BBC (1 episode, 2002)
Laura Mackie .... executive producer: BBC (1 episode, 2002)
Louis Marks .... producer (1 episode, 2002)
Lee Morris .... line producer (1 episode, 2002)
Series Original Music by
Rob Lane (1 episode, 2002)
Series Film Editing by
Philip Kloss (1 episode, 2002)
Series Casting by
Nina Gold (1 episode, 2002)
Series Production Design by
Don Taylor (1 episode, 2002)
Series Art Direction by
Grant Montgomery (1 episode, 2002)
Series Set Decoration by
Nicola Barnes (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill (1 episode, 2002)
Series Makeup Department
Rebecca Cole .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2002)
Ashley Johnson .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2002)
Caroline Noble .... hair designer / makeup designer (1 episode, 2002)
Tapio Salmi .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2002)
Series Production Management
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... production manager: Malta (1 episode, 2002)

Crispin Hardy .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Caroline McCarthy .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2002)
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2002)
Vicky Marks .... third assistant director (1 episode, 2002)
Alex Oakley .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2002)
Series Art Department
Craig Cheeseman .... props / props storeman (3 episodes, 2002)

Robert J. Dugdale .... assistant scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Oliver Kubicki .... art department assistant (unknown episodes)
Chris Sibley-Hale .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Sarah Stuart .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Stefan Henrix .... adr editor / dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2002)
Stuart Hilliker .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2002)
John Taylor .... production sound mixer / sound mixer / ... (3 episodes, 2002)
Becki Ponting .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2002)

Robert Brazier .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Christian Joyce .... sound recordist: second unit (unknown episodes)
Steve Little .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Roderick Pulis .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2002)

Colin Gorry .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Steve Murgatroyd .... visual effects supervisor (1 episode, 2002)

Lorea Hoye .... visual effects producer: Mill Film (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2002)

Rowley Irlam .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Coles .... focus puller: a camera (3 episodes, 2002)

Paul Preca Trapani .... video assist operator (unknown episodes)
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Simon Starling .... camera operator / director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Oliver Upton .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Tammo van Hoorn .... focus puller: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant (1 episode, 2002)

Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Mavis Formosa .... casting coordinator: Malta (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denny Edwards .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 2002)
Angela Egan .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 2002)
Samantha Horn .... assistant costume designer (1 episode, 2002)
Mark Lord .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 2002)
Faith Thomas .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 2002)

Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Gore .... wardrobe assistant (unknown episodes)
Thomas Sjolander .... embroidery (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Emma Brown .... post-production coordinator (3 episodes, 2002)
Series Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer / music recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Martin Birmingham .... transportation (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Emma Brown .... production secretary (3 episodes, 2002)

Adrian Borg Ghigo .... production runner: Malta (unknown episodes)
Tom Crooke .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Clifford De Spenser .... dialect coach (unknown episodes)
Mavis Formosa .... production secretary: Malta (unknown episodes)
Henry Forsyth .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Jane Gibson .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Heather Noble .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Cindy Thomson .... location manager: scotland (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
210 min (3 parts) | Finland:210 min (4 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The novel is set at the same time as the U.S. Civil War, whereas the adaptation moves the action ahead ten years to 1874 - the year George Eliot actually began writing the novel.See more »
Continuity: At Ezra Cohen's store, the baby's left shoe and sock disappear then reappear.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in George Eliot: A Scandalous Life (2002) (TV)See more »
Ah! Perfido, Op.65See more »


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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
No "Middlemarch, but still pretty decent, 4 January 2003

"Daniel Deronda" is the only novel George Eliot wrote after "Middlemarch", and it's also the strangest novel she's ever written, because one can never figure out whether the two story-lines are actually two separate novels put into one book. One continually has the impression on reading the book that the two story-lines could exist independently of each other. Mind you, she did the same thing with "Middlemarch", only here the two story-lines, those of Dorothea Brooke and Tertius Lydgate, are interrelated and interwoven ingeniously, which is one of the reasons why Middlemarch is such a masterpiece of structure. But I digress. In "Daniel Deronda" this relation is far less apparent, which makes it a lesser novel than Middlemarch, structurally speaking, but not necessarily a less fascinating one. One story-line is about the beautiful, vain, spoiled and idealistic and free-fought Gwendolen Harleth, one of Eliot's great, great heroines, who is forced to marry Henleigh Grandville to save her father from financial ruin. Grandcourt is also one of the most fascinating characters in Eliot's canon, for he seems to be the only one of her characters who is truly evil and who is not redeemed. He intents giving in to all of her caprices and wants at first and after due time to basically enslave her. The other story is that of Daniel Deronda, who is of Jewish heritage and starts a quest to find out more about it and in doing so meets the young Jewish idealist Mordecai, who dreams of a homeland for all Jews and who lectures Deronda on being who he is and on being true to his heritage: Jewish. In the book George Eliot seemed to have wanted to juxtapose Gwendolen's vanity and spoiledness with Mordecai's idealism, with Deronda being the only link between the two story-lines. He tries to bring some relief to Gwendolen's life of her oppressive marriage to Grandcourt. Which puts him in the strange position of being something of a mentor to Gwendolen and Mordecai´s disciple. But does it work on the small screen? Yes and no. I´ve always found Gwendolen´s part in the book far more interesting than Mordecai´s and I really had to struggle through it, it being quite tedious at times. Also I think Eliot was in a bit over her head in dealing with such issues as heritage, especially Jewish heritage. But she meant well. Mordecai's role on the mini-series is much diminished for the sake of the love-story between Deronda and Mirah. Which is probably a good thing, but it still didn't quite work. It just will not get interesting, perhaps this is because I am not Jewish. The most interesting part is Gwendolen. This story is the George Eliot I know and love. Most of Eliot's normal themes are recur here. The tension between ideals and the rules of society, selfishness and vanity, and the role of women in the Victorian marriage. All these themes are touched upon. Gwendolen's, played by the stunning Romola Garai, oppression by Grandcourt, played by the chillingly brilliant is her criticism of the roles of men and women in marriage. Women were basically slaves. And Gwendolen's redemption and spiritual rebirth is basically George Eliot saying that you can't be idealistic all your life and that you have to adhere to society's rules if there's going to be any chance of you being happy. The acting at times seemed a bit wooden, not in the least by Garai and Dancy. But Bonnneville was absolutely brilliant in it. He is truly evil. Mary Ann would have been proud. All in all I´d say this a pretty good adaptation of the novel. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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