Vanity Fair

Eve Matheson and Rebecca Saire lead the cast in this 16-part lavish BBC adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic, filmed entirely at the Pebble Mill Studios.

Cat. No: 139259
Barcode: 5019322392590
Run Time: 490 mins
Discs: 3
Cert: 12
Format: DVD
Release Date: 24th November 2014

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Set in the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair is a rich and resplendent satire of English society in which according to Thackeray, there is “great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling”. Becky (Eve Matheson), the penniless, orphaned daughter of an artist and a French opera dancer, and Amelia Sedley (Rebecca Saire), the sheltered child of a rich City Merchant are unlikely, but firm friends. From the drawing rooms of Regency London to the fields of

Waterloo, Vanity Fair tells their story. Becky, an irrepressible schemer – one of the most seductive social climbers of all time –will stop at nothing to get what she wants. While her friend, the meek and mild Amelia, pursues the opposite course. In the end both girls get what they want but not quite in the way they planned.

Jack Klaff stars as the red blooded Rawdon Crawley, Benedict Taylor as the dashing young officer, George Osborne, James Saxon as Amelia’s brother, Jos, Simon Dormandy as Osborne’s loyal friend, Dobbin, and Freddie Jones as the lecherous Sir Pitt Crawley.