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Vanity Fair 

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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Natasha Little ...  Becky Sharp 6 episodes, 1998
Frances Grey ...  Amelia Sedley 6 episodes, 1998
Philip Glenister ...  William Dobbin 6 episodes, 1998
David Ross David Ross ...  Mr. Sedley 6 episodes, 1998
Nathaniel Parker ...  Rawdon Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Anton Lesser ...  Mr. Pitt Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ...  Mrs. Bute Crawley 5 episodes, 1998
Michele Dotrice ...  Mrs. Sedley 5 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Swift ...  Jos Sedley 4 episodes, 1998
Tom Ward ...  George Osborne 4 episodes, 1998
Frances Tomelty ...  Mrs. O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
Stephen Frost ...  Bute Crawley 4 episodes, 1998
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ...  Major O'Dowd 4 episodes, 1998
Tim Woodward ...  Mr. John Osborne 4 episodes, 1998
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Miss Briggs 4 episodes, 1998
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Lady Jane Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Miriam Margolyes ...  Miss Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Abigail Thaw ...  Jane Osborne 3 episodes, 1998
Robert Cole Robert Cole ...  Little Rawdon 3 episodes, 1998
David Bradley ...  Sir Pitt Crawley 3 episodes, 1998
Eleanor Bron ...  Lady Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ...  Ensign Stubble 3 episodes, 1998
Zohren Weiss Zohren Weiss ...  Little Georgy 3 episodes, 1998
Gerard Murphy ...  Lord Steyne 3 episodes, 1998
John Surman John Surman ...  Horrocks 3 episodes, 1998
Graham Crowden ...  Lord Bareacres 3 episodes, 1998
Sarah Crowden ...  Lady Blanche 3 episodes, 1998
Bryan Pringle ...  Raggles 3 episodes, 1998
Linal Haft Linal Haft ...  Moss 3 episodes, 1998
Nick Dunning ...  Wenham 2 episodes, 1998
Sara Powell ...  Miss Swartz 2 episodes, 1998
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ...  Samuel 2 episodes, 1998
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ...  Isidor 2 episodes, 1998
Joanna Scanlan ...  Lady Crawley 2 episodes, 1998
Casey O'Connor Casey O'Connor ...  Little Violet 2 episodes, 1998
Zoe Chester Zoe Chester ...  Little Rose 2 episodes, 1998
Pom Boyd Pom Boyd ...  Glorvina O'Dowd 2 episodes, 1998
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ...  Ann Dobbin 2 episodes, 1998
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An adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic story of parvenue Becky Sharp's rise from obscure & humble origins to her subsequent ignominious fall from Society; set amongst the backdrop of Regency England & in continental Europe during the Napoleonic War. Written by Jonnie Heldreich

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Drama | Romance

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English

Release Date:

24 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Vanity Fair See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

The tan and black print muslin day dress worn by Janet Dale (Miss Briggs) at Park Lane is the same costume worn by Gemma Jones (Mrs. Dashwood) at Barton Cottage in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Penny Downie (Lady Milbanke) at dinner in Byron (2003), an extra at the Meryton Assembly Ball in Pride & Prejudice (2005), and Alex Kingston (Mrs. Bennet) at Hunsford in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

Quotes

Becky Sharp: I'm afraid I will have to charge you rather a lot. My horses are all I own in the world, you know.
Joss Sedley: Money is no object to me, ma'am.
Becky Sharp: That's good. Six hundred pounds.
[Jos is taken aback, but promptly reaches for his pocketbook.]
Becky Sharp: Each.
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Version of Vanity Fair (1923) See more »

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Brilliant portrayal of a psychopath
12 April 2002 | by hitchsSee all my reviews

There has been a ridiculous number of movies about psychopathic killers - Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, Copycat, The Cell, etc, etc - and yet for a realistic depiction of a psychopath, this mini-series leaves them all far behind. If you want to see what the average psychopath is like (or perhaps I should say above average, because there is nothing average about Becky Sharp), this is far more true to life than all the others. The reality is that for every Hannibal Lecter in the world, there are a thousand Becky Sharps, and together they do far more damage than all the serial killers. I can only think that Thackeray must have known someone like her, because you can't get this close to reality by sheer imagination, and I don't know of any literary examples he could have copied from.

Of course, the novel, and the series, are about far more than one character - they are in fact about Vanity Fair, the world that Thackerary knew and didn't particularly love, the society which was so warped and hypocritical (rather like ours today, in fact) that it allowed characters like Becky Sharp to prosper.

This is not nearly as pleasant as the usual BBC mini-series, but it is compulsively watchable; the depiction is almost flawless and Natasha Little does a brilliant job portraying the woman we love to hate. The rest of the cast is also excellent, including Nathaniel Parker as Rawdon, the principal victim of his wife's intrigues, Philip Glenister as the lovable but awfully clumsy Dobbin and David Bradley as the appalling baronet Sir Pitt Crawley.


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