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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 »
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Series cast summary:
Juliet Aubrey ...  Dorothea Brooke / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Douglas Hodge ...  Dr. Tertius Lydgate / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Robert Hardy ...  Arthur Brooke 7 episodes, 1994
Peter Jeffrey ...  Bulstrode / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Trevyn McDowell ...  Rosamond Vincy / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Rufus Sewell ...  Will Ladislaw 7 episodes, 1994
Jonathan Firth ...  Fred Vincy 7 episodes, 1994
Julian Wadham ...  Sir James Chettam 7 episodes, 1994
Colum Convey Colum Convey ...  Mr. Hawley 7 episodes, 1994
Simon Chandler ...  Rev. Farebrother / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ...  Mayor Vincy 7 episodes, 1994
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ...  Mrs. Bulstrode / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Caroline Harker ...  Celia Brooke / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Clive Russell ...  Caleb Garth 6 episodes, 1994
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ...  Mr. Standish 6 episodes, 1994
Rachel Power Rachel Power ...  Mary Garth 6 episodes, 1994
Mary Hanefey Mary Hanefey ...  Lady Chettam 6 episodes, 1994
Elizabeth Spriggs ...  Mrs. Cadwallader 6 episodes, 1994
Jacqueline Tong ...  Mrs. Vincy 6 episodes, 1994
James Garbutt James Garbutt ...  Dr. Wrench 5 episodes, 1994
Patti Love ...  Mrs. Plymdale 5 episodes, 1994
Cheryl Fergison Cheryl Fergison ...  Pritchard 5 episodes, 1994
Roger Milner Roger Milner ...  Pratt 5 episodes, 1994
Gabrielle Lloyd ...  Mrs. Garth 5 episodes, 1994
Patrick Malahide ...  Rev. Edward Casaubon 4 episodes, 1994
Fred Pearson ...  Mr. Bambridge 4 episodes, 1994
John Savident ...  Raffles 4 episodes, 1994
David Belcher David Belcher ...  Mr. Chicheley / ... 4 episodes, 1994
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ...  Mrs. Kell 4 episodes, 1994
Michael Hordern ...  Peter Featherstone 3 episodes, 1994
Roy Holder ...  Hiram Ford 3 episodes, 1994
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Dollop 3 episodes, 1994
David Sibley David Sibley ...  Mr. Spooner 3 episodes, 1994
Richard Butler Richard Butler ...  Mr. Powderell 3 episodes, 1994
Emily Woof ...  Lydgate's Maid / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Freda Dowie ...  Mrs. Waule / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Ian Driver Ian Driver ...  Mr. Plymdale / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Ben Jeffery Ben Jeffery ...  Ben Garth 3 episodes, 1994
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ...  Tantripp 3 episodes, 1994
Tony Rohr ...  Solomon Featherstone 3 episodes, 1994
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ...  Captain Lydgate 3 episodes, 1994
Andrew Tiernan ...  Dagley 3 episodes, 1994
Nathan Valente Nathan Valente ...  Alfred Garth 3 episodes, 1994
Sally Mates Sally Mates ...  Mrs. Abel 2 episodes, 1994
Judi Dench ...  George Eliot 2 episodes, 1994
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ...  Heckler 2 episodes, 1994
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ...  Mr. Mawmsey 2 episodes, 1994
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ...  Joshua Rigg 2 episodes, 1994
Jane Hollowood Jane Hollowood ...  Mrs. Dagley 2 episodes, 1994
Sophie Jeffrey Sophie Jeffrey ...  Letty Garth 2 episodes, 1994
Terry John Terry John ...  Mr. Sparks 2 episodes, 1994
Geoffrey Toone ...  Sir Godwin Lydgate 2 episodes, 1994
Geoffrey Wilkinson Geoffrey Wilkinson ...  Jenkins 2 episodes, 1994


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 from the George Eliot classic of the same name, the plot centers on the socially conscious, but naive Dorothea Brooke, whose disastrous match to the pedantic Rev. Edward Casaubon sets in motion a chain of events that will change the face of Middlemarch forever. The efforts of the dashing young physician, Tertius Lydgate, to modernize the medical practices at the new hospital causes quite a stir, both in the political power structure, headed by the evil Mr. Nicholas Bulstrode, and the heart of sweet Rosamund Vincey, the town beauty. Smaller plots interweave the action and lead to reconciliation, resignation, remuneration and resolution. Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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12 January 1994 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Two days before filming the Rome museum scene, the production team learned that permission to film in a historic palazzo was rescinded for political reasons. The team scrambled to find an alternate location in time to keep the shoot on schedule, and found such a place in the Palazzo Doria-Pamphili. They later learned that this was the very place where George Eliot met the man on whom she based the character of Will Ladislaw--the man she eventually married. See more »


Dr. Tertius Lydgate: The reason doctors prescribe so much medicine, Mr. Mawmsey, is because it's the only way they can make their money. If they could charge for their consultation then they wouldn't have to overdose the King's legion. And that's the worst kind of treason, eh?
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Entertaining though not stunning adaptation
13 May 2019 | by narrator56See all my reviews

After I started watching this series, I realized I had seen it before many years ago, probably when it was a Masterpiece Theater presentation. I liked this just fine. I haven't read the book, though I own it and have been meaning to read it. I must confess that I didn't like the character Ladislaw, though I couldn't tell you why. Clearly he is one of the characters you are supposed to like, but I just couldn't manage it. On the other hand, I really liked Rosanund Vincy. She is a shallow creature like you often see in period dramas, but what came through was that she really loved Dr. Lydgate.

There are a lot of subplots here and most of them are handled pretty well. Still, in watching the show, I had this feeling that a lot was being left out as far as depth is concerned, which isn't surprising considering the length of the book. Clearly I will want to read it now.

There is what is called a feature that comes with the DVD. It is referred to as a reader's guide, and that is exactly what it is. Usually a behind the scenes documentary has interviews with the actors or crew, or deleted scenes, and so on. This DVD talks almost entirely about the book and the author, and merely shows scenes from the program to illustrate its points. It is almost like they filmed the feature separately and then used post-production to weave it into the series.

So this isn't what I would call a stunning or vibrant adaption of a classic novel, but it is entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone who likes periods dramas.

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