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Review of "Vanity
airs on Amazon
I haven't read the original book that this series is based
on, but I've heard of it, of course, and its famous author Thackery. I've been
enjoying the series, which stars Olivia Cooke as the "heroine" Becky Sharp. Born
to a low station, Becky strives to find adventure and success any way that she
can. She starts out as a music and French teacher at a school, and then she
stays with a friend for a while (hoping to land her wealthy brother), but then
she ends up as a governess to a widow's children. This all happens just in the first
episode. It has a lot of good story and characters.
Cooke is excellent as
Becky. Claudia Jessie plays Amelia, her good friend. Johnny Flynn plays Dobbins,
a very handsome blond man that seems to like Amelia, even though his good friend
George is her boyfriend. Tom Bateman is a very sexy actor who plays Rawdon, a
man she meets in her new job as governess.
I can't wait to see more, and you should make
sure to watch it, too. It moves along quite nicely and is never boring. It has
passion, fun, and wit, much like Becky herself.
ITV commissions seven part drama Vanity Fair starring
ITV commissions seven part drama Vanity
Fair from Mammoth Screen, starring Olivia Cooke as Becky
"A world where everyone is striving for what is
not worth having."
A new adaptation of William
Makepeace Thackeray's, Vanity Fair, has been commissioned as
a seven-part drama for ITV by the broadcaster's Head of
Drama, Polly Hill.
Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark
Angel, The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets) and produced by
leading production company Mammoth Screen, Vanity Fair is
being made with Amazon Studios.
Olivia Cooke - the 23
year old Oldham-born actress and star of Steven Spielberg's
forthcoming film Ready Player One - plays Thackeray's
timeless heroine Becky Sharp.
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.
Commented Polly Hill:
"Vanity Fair feels like the perfect classic to adapt for
ITV, and Gwyneth Hughes' stunning scripts bring the novel to
life in a way that will really connect with a modern
audience. The question was always who would be our perfect
Becky Sharp and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke! So we are
thrilled she has agreed to play Becky, in what promises to
be a very exciting new drama for ITV next year."
Commented Damien Timmer:
"We're so proud to be
working with ITV and Amazon on this most glorious of stories
- the combination of Olivia Cooke, Gwyneth Hughes and
Thackeray will be an irresistible one, and we look forward
to watching Becky Sharp conquer the 21st century!"
Vanity Fair will be produced by Julia Stannard (War & Peace,
The Great Train Robbery, United) with James Strong (Liar,
Broadchurch, United) directing. Mammoth Screen's Managing
Director Damien Timmer executive produces the series with
Gwyneth Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens (Endeavour,
Vanity Fair will be filmed on
location in and around London, with additional shooting in
Budapest, from September 2017.
ITV Studios GE will be
responsible for international distribution of the series.
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