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Adam Bede (BBC-1 1992 with Patsy Kensit and Iain Glen)

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UK / BBC1 – WGBH Boston / 1x105m-e / Broadcast 1 January 1992

Writer: Maggie Wadey / Novel: George Elliot / Music: Richard Hartley / Production Design: Paul Joel / Costumes: Sheena Napier / Producer: Peter Goodchild / Executive Producer: Richard Broke / Director: Giles Foster

Series: Screen One / Season 3 Episode 9

Adam Bede, set at the very close of the 18th century, sees young maid Hetty Sorrel being wooed by two men, the carpenter Adam Bede and the caddish army captain and squire Arthur Donnithorne but after falling pregnant Hetty is destined for tragedy. Adam Bede is convinced that he is to blame for the events that befall Hetty but eventually finds true happiness with Dinah Morris.

A BBC Screen One presentation with Patsy Kensit playing the central role of Hetty Sorrel at a time when she was trying to combine both singing and acting but she does a fine job here, her natural innocent beauty perfect for the role whilst Glen and Wilby are perfectly cast as the strong Bede and arrogant Donnithorne. Another perfect looking BBC costume drama.

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PATSY KENSIT as Hetty Sorrel
IAIN GLEN as Adam Bede
JAMES WILBY as Arthur Donnithorne
JULIA McKENZIE as Mrs Poyser
SUSANNAH HARKER as Dinah Morris
ROBERT STEPHENS as Reverend Irwine
JEAN MARSH as Lisbeth Bede
FREDDIE JONES as Old Squire
MICHAEL PERCIVAL as Court Official
BRIAN OSBORNE as Jury Spokesman
EDWARD JEWESBURY as Judge
PAUL BROOKE as Martin Poyser
TACITA HAFFENDEN as Totty Poyser
CHASE MARKS as Tommy Poyser
WILLIAM HOLMES as Marty Poyser
ALAN COX as Seth Bede
MICHAEL ROBBINS as Thias Bede
JONATHAN COY as Pym
JOHN BURGESS as Sheriff
ANGUS BARNETT as Labourer
GEORGE INNES as John Olding
JOHNNY VAN DERRICK as Alick
JAMES GREENE as Prosecution Council
ROY EVANS as Coachman
PATSY BYRNE as Sarah Stone
BILL MOODY as Landlord
JACK MILNER as Traveller
JENNIE HESLEWOOD as Landlady

 

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