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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. 

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

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 1, Series 1

Monday May 6 at 9:45am

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 May 6 at 10:40am

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 May 6 at 11:30am

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 May 6 at 12:20pm

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 May 6 at 1:10pm

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

Monday May 6 at 2:05pm

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

Monday May 6 at 2:55pm

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

Tuesday May 7 at 3:25am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 4:15am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 5:05am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 5:55am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 6:45am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 7:35am

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

Tuesday May 7 at 8:25am

Endings And Beginnings

Episode 7 | Series 1

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

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