Middlemarch (BBC Two Drama, Rufus Sewell, Juliet Aubrey)

Period drama serial Middlemarch, based on the novel by George Eliot was set in England 1829 in the Middlemarch of the title. With a new age dawning, young idealistic doctor Tersius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge) and Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey) look forward to the great new world, but when Dorothy marries the much older Rev Edward Casaubon (Patrick Malahide) she finds herself constricted by her new situation.

This was a surprisingly restrained Andrew Davies adaptation in classic BBC costume drama style with a fabulous cast including career making roles for Juliet Aubrey and Rufus Sewell.

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Rufus Sewell as Will Ladislaw and Robert Hardy as Arthur Brooke.

Cast: Juliet Aubrey as Dorothea Brooke; Rufus Sewell as Will Ladislaw; Douglas Hodge as Doctor Tertius Lydgate; Colum Convey as Mr Hawley; Trevyn McDowell as Rosamond Vincy; Simon Chandler as Reverend Camden Farebrother; Jonathan Firth as Fred Vincy; Julian Wadham as Sir James Chettam; Peter Jeffrey as Nicholas Bulstrode; Caroline Harker as Celia Brooke; Rosemary Martin as Mrs Bulstrode; Patti Love as Mrs Plymdale; Roberty Hardy as Arthur Brooke; Patrick Malahide as Reverend Edward Casaubon

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Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: George Elliot / Producer: Louis Marks / Director: Anthony Page

UK / BBC Two – WGBH Boston / 6×50 minute episodes / 12 January – 16 February 1994

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