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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:
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
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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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10 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Kroniki Barchesteru See more »

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

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Rev. Obadiah Slope: And the bishop is generally unhappy about the state of the locks.
Archdeacon Grantly: Locks? Specific locks, my lord, or locks in general?
Bishop Proudie: Uh, merely one or two locks, er, on the outhouses.
Rev. Obadiah Slope: Specifically, the coal house, the wood house, and the locks on the servants' bedrooms.
Mrs. Proudie: Indeed, the locks in the entire building leave much to be desired.
Bishop Proudie: Of course, a great deal depends upon a lock, but equally so, er, uh, upon the key. Well, hem, ha-hah, I always think that the fault - if fault there be - frequently lies, er, ...
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A Britsh adaptation at its best!
28 May 2006 | by wordsmith_57See all my reviews

Even though American, I cannot get enough of English literature transferred to cinema. And The Barchester Chronicles is a recent find to my growing list of favorites. However, in this case I discovered the two disc DVD set at my local library before I had read the author's works. I will definitely be reading the Trollope books now that I have seen the filmed adaptation. Granted the beginning was a bit slow, and didn't really pick up until the slithery Obadiah Slope came into the plot. I then could not watch only one installment and ended up watching all of them, making for a long, yet extremely satisfying viewing session. I am glad my first viewing experience of Alan Rickman was his portrayal of Colonel Brandon from Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility. The caring, compassionate gentleman he played was a far opposite of the self-centered, ingratiating slime of Obadiah Slope in The Barchester Chronicles. Donald Pleasance, who has usually played villains to some degree, was the glue of the series. Soft spoken and humble, yet at times passionately stirred to compelling argument, his rendering of Septimus Harding made me wish I could have someone like Mr. Harding in real life to remind me of the joys of loving life and putting others before my own needs.

The Barchester Chronicles is now added to my list of British series favorites including All Creatures Great and Small, Horatio Hornblower, and Pride and Prejudice. I look forward to the day when Americans can lovingly and consistently render our classics into worthy viewing.


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