Middlemarch (1994)
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Dr. Lydgate's financial position continues to deteriorate and he is forced to take a loan using the furnishings in his house as collateral. When he shares this information with his wife and... See full summary »
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Episode credited cast:
Juliet Aubrey ... Dorothea Brooke
Robert Hardy ... Arthur Brooke
Douglas Hodge ... Dr. Tertius Lydgate
Peter Jeffrey ... Bulstrode
Trevyn McDowell ... Rosamond Vincy
Rufus Sewell ... Will Ladislaw
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Heckler
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Mr. Mawmsey
Simon Chandler ... Rev. Farebrother
Colum Convey Colum Convey ... Mr. Hawley
Jonathan Firth ... Fred Vincy
James Garbutt James Garbutt ... Dr. Wrench
Mary Hanefey Mary Hanefey ... Lady Chettam
Caroline Harker ... Celia
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Mr. Standish
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Dr. Lydgate's financial position continues to deteriorate and he is forced to take a loan using the furnishings in his house as collateral. When he shares this information with his wife and suggests that they find ways to economize, she reacts petulantly blaming him for their situation. He refuses her suggestion that he ask his rich Uncle Godwin for the money. Fred Vincy confides in Reverend Farebrother that he cannot truly see himself as a preacher. He would like to establish himself in another profession but mostly he would like to marry Mary Garth. He asks Farebrother to speak to her on his behalf, but it may not be a wise choice. Nicholas Bulstrode continues to be tormented by a man from his past. Dorothea decides to establish a colony on the land she has inherited. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | History | Romance

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TV-PG
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9 February 1994 (UK) See more »

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Middlemarch: Part 5
22 August 2018 | 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, an example of how period drama adaptations should be done. It's 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 a little bit superior because the ending is far more satisfying (if not as bleak as the source material). Can't say anything bad about this fifth episode once again, though all seven parts are consistent in brilliance. '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.

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.

Like the first four parts, episode 5 is very faithful, 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 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. 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.

Altogether, brilliant once again. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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