This Sumptuous New Period Drama Will Transport You to the Heart of 19th-Century England
It’s a must-watch.
If you liked the fantastic BBC War and Peace miniseries and want to immerse yourself in another beautifully imagined historical drama, tune into Vanity Fair, a new miniseries adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray classic.
The seven-part miniseries is adapted from Vanity Fair, Thackeray’s 19th-century serial-turned-novel, and scripted by Gwyneth Hughes, who also wrote the screenplays for the 2006 film Mysterious Creatures and multiple miniseries, including The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Remember Me (2014), and Dark Angel (2016).
Vanity Fair is set in England during the early 19th century, amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, just before the advent of the Victorian era. Amazon describes the plot thusly, “In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Miss Rebecca Sharp,” the heroine (or anti-heroine—you can decide for yourself) of the story. During the course of the narrative, Becky Sharp attempts to negotiate class, poverty, corruption, greed, and fortune with an eye trained always on her own social ascent. You can watch the trailer below.
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Vanity Fair was first released in 2018 and is distributed by Amazon Studios and the U.K.’s ITV network. The miniseries stars Olivia Cooke (Thoroughbreds, Ready Player One, Bates Motel) as Becky Sharp, Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Cold Pursuit) as Captain Rawdon Crawley, Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria, Lotus Eaters) as William Dobbin, Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty, Porters) as Amelia Sedley, Robert Pugh (Colette, Game of Thrones) as Mr. John Osborne, Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful, The Death of Stalin) as Mr. John Sedley, Ellie Kendrick (An Education, Game of Thrones) as Jane Osborne, Frances de la Tour (Vicious, The Harry Potter Series) as Lady Matilda Crawley, and Michael Palin (The Death of Stalin, A Fish Called Wanda) as the author, William Makepeace Thackeray. It’s directed by James Strong and Jonathan Entwistle.
The miniseries is currently available to watch via Amazon Prime Video.
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What series have you been watching lately? When it comes to television shows and miniseries, which historical periods will you always tune in for?