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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 2, Series 1

Monday October 22 at 7:35pm

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 2, Series 1

Wednesday October 24 at 7:35pm

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 October 25 at 8:30pm

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 3, Series 1

Saturday October 27 at 9:30pm

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 3, Series 1

Monday October 29 at 7:35pm

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 3, Series 1

Wednesday October 31 at 7:35pm

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 November 1 at 8:30pm

In Which Beck Joins Her Regiment

Episode 4 | Series 1

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday November 3 at 9:30pm

In Which Beck Joins Her Regiment

Episode 4 | Series 1

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Monday November 5 at 7:35pm

In Which Beck Joins Her Regiment

Episode 4 | Series 1

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

Episode 4, Series 1

Wednesday November 7 at 9:25pm

In Which Beck 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 November 8 at 8:30pm

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 5, Series 1

Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm

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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