Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of Thackeray's literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of "villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing", takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.
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It was originally intended for Michael Palin (W.M.Thackery) to appear in just one episode but it was quickly decided to feature him in all seven episodes and he completed shooting all his scenes in just one day.Palin had previously chosen Vanity Fair as his favourite book, when he appeared on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs. See more
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