8.2/10
955
22 user 2 critic

The Barchester Chronicles 

When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1982  
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series 1974)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced marriage of Glencora (Susan Hampshire), the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of study. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray
Doctor Thorne (TV Mini-Series 2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Harry Richardson
Thérèse Raquin (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the novel by Emile Zola, Therese Raquin is a tale of passion, obsession, and the psychological aftermath of an unforgivable deed. Recommended for mature audiences.

Stars: Kate Nelligan, Mona Washbourne, Brian Cox
Busted (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A ringing phone after midnight can be a disturbing experience but until Simon, a successful barrister, hears from Macy, his friend from university days, he doesn't know just how disturbing.

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Alan Rickman, Michael Feast, Lorna Heilbron
Middlemarch (1994)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy
The Way We Live Now (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy
The Song of Lunch (TV Movie 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andi Soric
Rasputin (TV Movie 1996)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Czar Nicholas II in Russia.

Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen
Shelley (1979–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

James Shelley, an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed "professional freelance layabout," has many battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.

Stars: Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair, Josephine Tewson
Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Patrick Ryecart, Rebecca Saire, Celia Johnson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Tim Briggs, Allan Corduner
Vanity Fair (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Natasha Little, Frances Grey, Philip Glenister
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Donald Pleasence ...  Rev. Septimus Harding 7 episodes, 1982
Janet Maw Janet Maw ...  Eleanor Bold / ... 7 episodes, 1982
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
Angela Pleasence ...  Susan Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
Barbara Flynn ...  Mary Bold 6 episodes, 1982
Clive Swift ...  Bishop Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
Geraldine McEwan ...  Mrs. Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Rickman ...  Obadiah Slope 5 episodes, 1982
Susan Hampshire ...  La Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni 5 episodes, 1982
Susan Edmonstone Susan Edmonstone ...  Charlotte Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
Peter Blythe ...  Bertie Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
Joseph O'Conor ...  Mr. Bunce 4 episodes, 1982
William Redgrave William Redgrave ...  Samuel Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
Cyril Luckham ...  Bishop Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
Christopher Maynard Christopher Maynard ...  Baby John Bold 3 episodes, 1982
Jonathan Adams ...  Mr. Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Letitia Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Abel Handy 3 episodes, 1982
Derek New Derek New ...  Francis Arabin 3 episodes, 1982
David Gwillim ...  John Bold 2 episodes, 1982
Trevor Baxter ...  Dr. Gwynne 2 episodes, 1982
George Costigan ...  Tom Towers 2 episodes, 1982
Wally Thomas ...  Mr. Moody 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ...  Dr. Vesey Stanhope 2 episodes, 1982
Kenneth Keeling Kenneth Keeling ...  Mr. Gazy 2 episodes, 1982
Denis Carey Denis Carey ...  Job Skulpit 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Leech ...  Wilfred Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ...  Miss Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
Edit

Storyline

The Barchester Chronicles, a BBC miniseries, is adapted from two mid-19th century novels by Anthony Trollope. When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing report about the use of church funds. Consequently, an honorable middle-aged clergyman (Donald Pleasence) is forced into moral crisis and a conflict with his son-in-law, a pompous archdeacon (Nigel Hawthorne) and his youngest daughter's beloved (David Gwillim). The arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift), his domineering wife (Geraldine McEwan), and a devious chaplain (Alan Rickman) - who may be hiding secrets - add to the dramatic scheming and complex power struggles among a colorful cast of characters. Written by Lulupalooza

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barchester Chronicles See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Reverend Harding's daughter Susan was played by Donald Pleasence's own daughter, Angela Pleasence. See more »

Quotes

Bishop Grantly: We need you in the town.
Rev. Septimus Harding: Do you really think so?
Bishop Grantly: Yes, to talk to, to take wine with.
Rev. Septimus Harding: And to poke the fire.
[walks over to the fireplace]
Bishop Grantly: If you would be so kind. You know, when anybody else does that, the room fills with smoke. I think it is because you are a pure man adrift among sinners. Sinners are so much easier to cope with.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Doctor Thorne (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Faithfully serene
25 May 2001 | by hgallonSee all my reviews

This was another historical series of novels, which the BBC faithfully adhered to (and they managed to run two unequally-sized volumes, "The Warden" and "Barchester Towers", together without the join showing).

Donald Pleasance, normally noted for playing Bond villains, played the modest and unctuous Septimus Harding brilliantly. Nigel Hawthorne, as his son-in-law Dr. Grantly, provided the perfect combative foil. However, Alan Rickman, in one of his first major roles as the scheming Obadiah Slope, may have stolen the show. Clive Swift, as the henpecked Bishop of Barchester, established and refined the character he was later to play as the husband of Hyacinth Bouquet in "real" comedy.

The location shots in cloisters give a very real impression of a withdrawn and contemplative clergy, obsessed with its own affairs and internal squabbles. The jarring note of the first two or three episodes, when John Bold questions whether a long-established tradition connected with a charitable bequest is indeed in the interests of the recipients of that charity, shows the how uneasy the various clerical characters are when dealing with the world outside.

Many of the shots in scenes in a flat countryside seemingly locked into August throughout the eight episodes which covered a span of several years, also give the impression of withdrawal from the day-to-day life of any activity but that of the church.

As an examination of the mores and attitudes of his period, Anthony Trollope produced a brilliant pair of novels. The BBC have produced an equally brilliant adaptation, although slow enough in pace to be almost soporific in parts.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed