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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

Thursday February 21 at 3:10am

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

Thursday February 21 at 4:00am

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

Thursday February 21 at 4:50am

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

Thursday February 21 at 5:40am

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

Thursday February 21 at 6:35am

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

Thursday February 21 at 7:30am

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

Thursday February 21 at 8:20am

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 March 12 at 3:15am

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 March 12 at 4:05am

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 March 12 at 4:55am

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 March 12 at 5:50am

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

Tuesday March 12 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 March 12 at 7:40am

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 March 12 at 8:30am

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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