In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women marry soldiers, and ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ...  Rebecca Sharp 16 episodes, 1987
Rebecca Saire ...  Amelia Sedley 15 episodes, 1987
Simon Dormandy Simon Dormandy ...  William Dobbin 12 episodes, 1987
Jack Klaff ...  Rawdon Crawley 12 episodes, 1987
David Swift David Swift ...  Mr. Sedley 11 episodes, 1987
James Saxon James Saxon ...  Joseph 'Jos' Sedley 10 episodes, 1987
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ...  Mrs. Sedley 9 episodes, 1987
Benedict Taylor ...  George Osborne 9 episodes, 1987
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ...  Pitt Crawley 8 episodes, 1987
Philippa Urquhart Philippa Urquhart ...  Miss Briggs 8 episodes, 1987
Freddie Jones ...  Sir Pitt Crawley 7 episodes, 1987
Ray Mort ...  Raggles 7 episodes, 1987
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In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women marry soldiers, and both of them are affected by the Battle of Waterloo. Written by Kathy Li

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11 September 1988 (USA) See more »

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Bâlciul deşertăciunilor See more »

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(16 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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by far the best version
15 January 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

It's been great seeing this series again after twenty years. Eve Matheson plays Becky Sharp to perfection, from the early episodes where she seems sweet enough, to the devious schemer in the Napoleonic wars. In support, Rebecca Saire is a good Amelia, while Jack Klaff and Benedict Taylor play Rawdon and George very well. Sian Phillips, Freddie Jones, David Swift, and others also add good value.

Despite its continued unavailability, this is the best version to see. Far truer to the book than the 60s and 90s version, and much better than the Reece Witherspoon film (although that had its compensations outside of its status as an 'adaptation'). From the cartoon credits and trumpet theme through to its colour, life, and energy, this 'Vanity Fair' is special.


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