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Vanity Fair

Starts October 11

Show Synopsis

Vanity Fair, a new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, will air on Thursdays from October 11 at 8.30pm.     Playing the lead role of timeless heroine Becky Sharpe is Olivia Cooke - star of Steven Spielberg’s film Ready Player One, with an all-star cast including Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Johnny Flynn (Genius), Frances de la Tour (History Boys), Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself. 

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In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having... Vanity Fair premieres October 11

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About the show

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.

Next On

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday July 12 at 7:40pm

In Which A Painter's Daughter Meets A King

Episode 6 | Series 1

Becky flies too high when she joins the dizzy ranks of lords, ladies and kings.

Episode 7, Series 1

Sunday July 12 at 8:35pm

Endings And Beginnings

Episode 7 | Series 1

Becky is lost and then she is found but will she have a happy ending?

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 1:30pm

Miss Sharp In The Presence Of The Enemy

Episode 1 | Series 1

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.

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 2:25pm

Miss Sharp Begins To Make Friends

Episode 2 | Series 1

Becky is in Hampshire as governess to Sir Pitt Crawley's neglected daughters. Determined to get into his good books she quickly lands a promotion to secretary.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 3:20pm

A Quarrel About An Heiress

Episode 3 | Series 1

Becky has moved in with Matilda Crawley and seems to have a bright future ahead of her. However, war is brewing which threatens the fortunes of the scheming social climber and everyone…

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 4:15pm

In Which Becky Joins Her Regiment

Episode 4 | Series 1

On the eve of the battle, Becky makes a triumphant entrance into high society.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 5:10pm

In Which Battles Are Won And Lost

Episode 5 | Series 1

As the Battle of Waterloo begins, Becky finds there's money to be made.

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 6:05pm

In Which A Painter's Daughter Meets A King

Episode 6 | Series 1

Becky flies too high when she joins the dizzy ranks of lords, ladies and kings.

Episode 7, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 6:55pm

Endings And Beginnings

Episode 7 | Series 1

Becky is lost and then she is found but will she have a happy ending?

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday July 19 at 11:20pm

Miss Sharp In The Presence Of The Enemy

Episode 1 | Series 1

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.

Episode 2, Series 1

Monday July 20 at 12:10am

Miss Sharp Begins To Make Friends

Episode 2 | Series 1

Becky is in Hampshire as governess to Sir Pitt Crawley's neglected daughters. Determined to get into his good books she quickly lands a promotion to secretary.

Episode 3, Series 1

Monday July 20 at 1:00am

A Quarrel About An Heiress

Episode 3 | Series 1

Becky has moved in with Matilda Crawley and seems to have a bright future ahead of her. However, war is brewing which threatens the fortunes of the scheming social climber and everyone…

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday July 20 at 1:50am

In Which Becky Joins Her Regiment

Episode 4 | Series 1

On the eve of the battle, Becky makes a triumphant entrance into high society.

Episode 5, Series 1

Monday July 20 at 2:40am

In Which Battles Are Won And Lost

Episode 5 | Series 1

As the Battle of Waterloo begins, Becky finds there's money to be made.

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