A dream cast brings Anthony Trollop's Barchester novels charmingly to life in this engaging production from the golden age of Masterpiece Theatre. Featuring Alan Rickman in his breakthrough role as the odious Obadiah Slope. The community of Barchester is shaken from its cosy complacency when a newspaper's crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires. Overnight, Rev. Harding (Donald Pleasence) becomes a pawn in a battle between his younger daughter's beau, John Bold, and his older daughter's husband, Archdeacon Grantly (Nigel Hawthorne). Little do they realise that the worst is yet to come, until a regime change delivers Barchester into the hands of a most unholy trinity: the weak-willed Bishop Proudie, the domineering Mrs. Proudie, and the insufferable Rev. Obadiah Slope.
Classic BBC serial
- The Barchester Chronicles review by Pete W
Classic BBC adaptation of two Trollope books. Some very fine acting from Donald Pleasance (who can be quite disturbing even when playing a saintly clergyman) Geraldine McEwan as a battleaxe par excellence and stealing the show is Alan Rickman, outstanding as the slimy Mr Slope. Nigel Hawthorne plays Sir Humphrey Appleby in clerical garb.
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Old series, and slow, but Rickman's practically first outing
- The Barchester Chronicles review by NC
Very slow by modern standards, but True Detective went on and on relentlessly! All top stage actors in those days so can hear the words!!