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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 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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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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Brilliant adaptation of George Eliot's masterpiece
26 December 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Of all of George Eliot's novels, all of which are at least worth reading, Middlemarch gets my vote for personal favourite. It's an incredibly rich story in detail and emotion and the characters are human and complex, though some like Casaubon are purposefully not very likable. And what a brilliant adaptation this is, even better than 2002's Daniel Deronda and that was fabulous as well. Both share the same virtues but 1994's Middlemarch for me is superior because the ending is far more satisfying(if not as bleak as the source material). Middlemarch from a visual stand-point is of very high quality to look, the locations are just splendid, the costumes and period detail very authentic with an eye for detail and the series is wonderfully shot as well, simple but not simplistic and expressive but not overly-elaborate. The music is sensitively orchestrated and understated, not sounding out of place whatsoever. The writing is as rich and human as that in the book, the social commentary strongly emphasised without falling into the trap of swamping things. It also is delivered naturally, has a sense of structure and flow and is adapted intelligently. The adaptation is very faithful(apart from the omission of one plot-point), and the constantly riveting storytelling is layered without trying too hard or feeling bloated. It is easy for a faithful adaptation to be bogged down from being too faithful or trying to do too much, Middlemarch doesn't do that. The pacing is relatively slow and deliberate but the adaptation benefits from that. As anybody who's a fan of the book would argue for a book as detailed as Middlemarch is that that kind of pacing is needed so that it all makes sense and has time to breathe and resonate. The same can also be said for the long(around the 6-hour mark)length. The direction is controlled and subtle, doing nothing to undermine the drama within the story, and the acting is excellent from all. Robert Hardy in particular is a joy to watch, and Michael Hordern also seems to be having a ball. Juliet Aubrey plays Dorothea with strength and passion though the wild streak may take some getting used to, Douglas Hodge is appropriately dashing and idealistic and Rufus Sewell full of brooding charisma. Patrick Malahide makes for a creepy Casaubon, and Judi Dench's voice over is wonderfully sincere and makes the story comprehensible for those unfamiliar and manages to do that without feeling too obvious. To conclude, in every way this adaptation of Middlemarch is brilliant and does justice to a literary masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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