Connect with us
Vanity Fair 1967 BBC Vanity Fair 1967 BBC

TV

Vanity Fair (BBC-2 1967, Susan Hampshire, Roy Marsden)

Published

on

Vanity Fair follows orphan Becky, as she is leaving boarding school with her best friend Amelia – she goes on to become a governess and through canny and manipulative means continues to advance herself up society’s ladder using people with a sometimes callous disregard if that best suits her, losing her friendship with Amelia, and finally falling from grace.

It is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars with a couple of episodes set in a town near the front line where the British soldiers and their women are staying. Pain and suffering of the wounded soldiers returning from battle is well played and probably accounts for the PG rating.

The production is shot on videotape and is in colour. In fact it was the very first BBC drama to be made in colour and was originally broadcast on BBC2 in 1967 although most people who saw it back then would have still been watching on black and white sets. Colours are very vivid and show off the sumptuous costumes and bright red of the soldiers’ uniforms to great effect.

Although shot primarily on tape there is an interesting contrast in episode 3 where a long ballroom scene is shot on location using film stock – same actors, same costumes, but it makes it look like an expensive feature film for the duration of that scene. That is not a criticism of the rest of the production since flat videotape invokes a far closer and immediate feel to proceedings that has its own special charm, but it does serve to show what a huge difference it can make.

There was a previous BBC version in 1957 whose cast included Petra Davies (as Ameilia) and Derek Blomfield (as Captain Dobbin).

cast
SUSAN HAMPSHIRE as Becky Sharpe
ROY MARSDEN as George
BARBARA COWPER as Miss Crawley
ROBERT FLEMYNG as Lord Steyne
MARILYN TAYLERSON as Amelia
BRYAN MARSHALL as Captain Dobbin
A J BROWN as Reverend Bute Crawley
DEDDIE DAVIES as Lady Crawley
JOHN WELSH as Sir Pitt Crawley
DYSON LOVELL as Rawdon Crawley

crew details
Writer: Rex Tucker
Novel: W.M. Thackery
Producer: David Conroy
Director: David Giles

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two
Duration: 5×45 minute episodes
Aired From: 2 December – 30 December 1967

Advertisement












TV

Troy: Fall Of A City (BBC-1 2018, Louis Hunter, David Threllfall)

Published

on

By

Continue Reading

Previews

Trauma (ITV 2018, John Simm, Adrian Lester)

Published

on

By

Trauma ITV 2018
Continue Reading

Previews

Collateral (BBC-2 2018, Carey Mulligan, John Simm)

Published

on

By

Collateral BBC 2018
Continue Reading

More to View