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The Barchester Chronicles 

When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.
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Donald Pleasence ...  Rev. Septimus Harding 7 episodes, 1982
Janet Maw Janet Maw ...  Eleanor Bold / ... 7 episodes, 1982
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Archdeacon Theophilus Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
Angela Pleasence ...  Susan Grantly 7 episodes, 1982
Barbara Flynn ...  Mary Bold 6 episodes, 1982
Clive Swift ...  Bishop Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
Geraldine McEwan ...  Mrs. Proudie 5 episodes, 1982
Alan Rickman ...  Obadiah Slope 5 episodes, 1982
Susan Hampshire ...  La Signora Madeline Vesey Neroni 5 episodes, 1982
Susan Edmonstone Susan Edmonstone ...  Charlotte Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
Peter Blythe ...  Bertie Stanhope 5 episodes, 1982
Joseph O'Conor ...  Mr. Bunce 4 episodes, 1982
William Redgrave William Redgrave ...  Samuel Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
Cyril Luckham ...  Bishop Grantly 3 episodes, 1982
Christopher Maynard Christopher Maynard ...  Baby John Bold 3 episodes, 1982
Jonathan Adams ...  Mr. Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ...  Letitia Quiverful 3 episodes, 1982
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Abel Handy 3 episodes, 1982
Derek New Derek New ...  Francis Arabin 3 episodes, 1982
David Gwillim ...  John Bold 2 episodes, 1982
Trevor Baxter ...  Dr. Gwynne 2 episodes, 1982
George Costigan ...  Tom Towers 2 episodes, 1982
Wally Thomas ...  Mr. Moody 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ...  Dr. Vesey Stanhope 2 episodes, 1982
Kenneth Keeling Kenneth Keeling ...  Mr. Gazy 2 episodes, 1982
Denis Carey Denis Carey ...  Job Skulpit 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Leech ...  Wilfred Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ...  Miss Thorne 2 episodes, 1982
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The Barchester Chronicles, a BBC miniseries, is adapted from two mid-19th century novels by Anthony Trollope. When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing report about the use of church funds. Consequently, an honorable middle-aged clergyman (Donald Pleasence) is forced into moral crisis and a conflict with his son-in-law, a pompous archdeacon (Nigel Hawthorne) and his youngest daughter's beloved (David Gwillim). The arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift), his domineering wife (Geraldine McEwan), and a devious chaplain (Alan Rickman) - who may be hiding secrets - add to the dramatic scheming and complex power struggles among a colorful cast of characters. Written by Lulupalooza

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10 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Donald Pleasence was cast at short notice, after the death of the actor who was first cast in the role. See more »

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Rev. Septimus Harding: If there is no music, there is no mystery. If there is no mystery, there is no God. If there is no mystery, there is no faith. Have I lived for sixty years on a misunderstanding?
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Great Entertainment, Classic BBC
13 August 2010 | by VReviewsSee all my reviews

There's just nothing better than a BBC drama set in England in the 1800's. The ensemble cast plays each character archetype to perfection. The romantic & societal intrigue of the town of Barchester centers on the ambitions of the church clergy, which proves quite entertaining. The dialogue of this adaptation is excellent. A young Alan Rickman superbly plays the conniving Reverend Obadiah Slope, echoing his later tour de force performance as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

Enjoyable, like a Shakespearian comedy, leaving the viewer well satisfied.


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