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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.
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Series cast summary:
...  Rev. Septimus Harding 7 episodes, 1982
Janet Maw ...  Eleanor Bold / ... 7 episodes, 1982
...  Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
...  Susan Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
...  Mary Bold 6 episodes, 1982
...  Bishop Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
...  Mrs. Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
...  Obadiah Slope 5 episodes, 1982
...  La Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni 5 episodes, 1982
Susan Edmonstone ...  Charlotte Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
...  Bertie Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Bunce 4 episodes, 1982
William Redgrave ...  Samuel Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
...  Bishop Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
Christopher Maynard ...  Baby John Bold 3 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Maggie Jones ...  Letitia Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Clifford Parrish ...  Abel Handy 3 episodes, 1982
Derek New ...  Francis Arabin 3 episodes, 1982
...  John Bold 2 episodes, 1982
...  Dr. Gwynne 2 episodes, 1982
...  Tom Towers 2 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Moody 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Bebb ...  Dr. Vesey Stanhope 2 episodes, 1982
Kenneth Keeling ...  Mr. Gazy 2 episodes, 1982
Denis Carey ...  Job Skulpit 2 episodes, 1982
...  Wilfred Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
Ursula Howells ...  Miss Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
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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

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Mr. Harding's daughter Susan is played by Donald Pleasence's real-life daughter, Angela Pleasence. See more »

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Susan Grantly: What are you going to live on?
Rev. Septimus Harding: God that feedeth the young ravens will take care of me also.
Archdeacon Grantly: Pish! If the ravens persisted in refusing the food prepared for them, they wouldn't be fed.
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Absolute excellence!
30 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

At 19 years of age and having been involved in the Church of England for most of my life, I watched Barchester unfold week by week with bated breath. I couldn't wait for each new episode. I knew all the characters! I'd met them before! I saw them week by week in real life. My Church of England was just the same as that, only 150 years later. ok, well not quite, but those of you who have seen Barchester know what I mean. Superlative casting, acting, sets. No wonder it has just been voted as the most wanted repeat on BBC. It makes me laugh out loud and then cry too. If you've not seen it, then make sure that you do - soon!


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