A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Lovelace 4 episodes, 1991
Saskia Wickham ...  Clarissa Harlowe 4 episodes, 1991
...  James 4 episodes, 1991
...  Arabella Harlowe / ... 4 episodes, 1991
...  Anna Howe 4 episodes, 1991
...  Jack Belford 4 episodes, 1991
Jeffry Wickham ...  Mr. Harlowe 3 episodes, 1991
...  Mrs. Sinclair 3 episodes, 1991
...  Sally 3 episodes, 1991
...  Deb 3 episodes, 1991
Darby Hawker ...  Dorcas 3 episodes, 1991
Frances Viner ...  Mrs. Harlowe 3 episodes, 1991
Ralph Riach ...  Uncle Anthony 3 episodes, 1991
Jon Sotherton ...  Hickman 3 episodes, 1991
Matthew Wait ...  Joe Leman 3 episodes, 1991
...  Tomlinson 2 episodes, 1991
...  Solmes 2 episodes, 1991
...  Mrs. Howe 2 episodes, 1991
Julia Dearden ...  Mrs. Moore 2 episodes, 1991
Allison Hancock ...  Betty 2 episodes, 1991
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Clarissa Harlowe is a young 18th-century Englishwoman. Her family have aspirations to move into the aristocracy and want her to marry the repellent Mr Soames as part of their plan. Clarissa manages to escape from them with the help of the handsome Lovelace, whose intentions towards her prove to be less than entirely honourable. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Samuel Richardson's Clarissa - History of a Young Lady  »

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With a budget of over £3 million, filming on Clarissa began 29 Apr 1991 and continued for 16 weeks until 19 July 1991. Locations included several large country houses (one in the north of England, another near Stratford, and a third in Hampstead). Some exteriors were shot outside The Inns of Court in London but much of the filming was done at London's Ealing Studios, where a three-storey Georgian house was specially constructed for the series. See more »

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The real Lady Betty: Impersonate me with your strumpets!
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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Excellent!.
27 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

"Clarissa" is the best BBC Film I have ever seen and I have seen many. My favourite before "Clarissa" was of course "Pride and Prejudice". "Our Mutual Friend" was also good, The casting and costumes were matched only by the story line and settings. I am sold on Saskia Wickham. I believe this was her first role. She must be very proud of her achievement. Fine work. Aussie-6.


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