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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair Adapted for Television

31 August 2018

Vanity Fair is once again being adapted to appear on television this autumn.


William Makepeace Thackeray’s English drama originally appeared as a nineteen volume monthly serial from 1847 to 1848 before being published as a novel in 1848. The story is set in the time of the Napoleonic wars and follows the fortunes of Becky Sharp, the penniless orphaned daughter of an artist. She takes up a position of governess, and secretly marries her employers younger son. When the marriage is discovered they are disinherited and forced to live on Becky's wits.

The new television drama has a star cast featuring Michael Palin, Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes, Frances de la Tour and Anthony Head with Olivia Cooke playing the character of Becky Sharp.

The seven part drama, which is made by is the production company behind Poldark and Victoria, will hit television screens on ITV this Sunday 2nd September at 9pm with episode two airing at 9pm on Monday 3rd September. The rest of the series will show on Sunday evenings.

If you would like to listen to the book it is available to borrow from Calibre’s Library:

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray                7941