The Barchester Chronicles details
|Starring:||Nigel Hawthorne, Alan Rickman, Susan Hampshire, Donald Pleasence, Geraldine McEwan|
The Barchester Chronicles - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
The Barchester Chronicles - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
|Run time:||5 hours 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 May 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Barchester revisitedBy TonyBrooks (13 reviews) from Hastings , 19 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Anyone who is tired of the clich?s of English costume drama should see this to be reminded of how good the best ones are.
The joys here, apart from the historical realism we expect, are in the casting: Nigel Hawthorn's explosive Archdeacon you can hate at first and then later realise he's a good chap really, Cyril Luckham's lovable fruity-voiced old bishop, Geraldine McEwan's awful Mrs Proudie (over-the-top and why not) and Alan Rickman's silkily evil Obadiah Slope are hugely memorable.
But the greatest pleasure is Donald Pleasence, often a hateful villain but here showing what a superb actor he was by playing with utter conviction the kind, gentle, almost saintly Septimus Harding.
Not to be missed.
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Erudite Performances - 10 Stars - You'll Come Away EnrichedBy KatySpeaks (2 reviews) , 08 Dec 2012Without a doubt one of the most seminal period pieces ever produced, not least of all because it launched Alan Rickman into an enduring and high visibility platform. I have re-visited this series every 5 years or so since it first came out - and I am an American who had to fight to have it distributed pre-WWW the USA to do so! Having just watched the lst episode again, I am taken anew with Hawthorne's coat-swirling, McEwan's shrewishness, Hampshire's transparency, Pleasance's (Donald) ethics and compassion - and Rickman's utterly slimy, obsequious, compelling, and perfectly self-effacing comedic mastery of one of the best villains you ever hated to love. Although what an indictment on the CofE.
The Barchester ChroniclesBy Deeleeds (65 reviews) from Leeds , 01 May 2012The Barchester Chronicles,enjoyed the first disc but didn't bother with the second great custom drama and great acting. Well worth watching.
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Barchester comes to life with this DVDBy a customer , 10 Mar 2012Wonderful dvds co-joining the stories of Barchester up to the end of the first two books in the series, The Warden and Barchester Towers. I am always frightened when first watching adaptations of Trollopes works as I love the books so much that I fear bad character representations and over acting. I really enjoyed this adaptation however and even some of the funny little character quirks from the stories were included so that the two novels ran on from one another flawlessly. The characters were well done, Slope was just as I had always imagined him and Mrs Proudy was magnificent in her awfulness. I really enjoyed this from start to finish. I would love it if they had done all the Barchester books.
BrilliantBy a customer from Staffs , 07 Nov 2011British drama at its best. The characters were so well played I laughed out loud occasionally - not something I do normally. It followed the books very precisly.
Superb acting all roundBy a customer , 02 Oct 2011A wonderful drama series with acting at its very best. Some terrific performances and, whilst a product of the period and a period piece, the behaviour of some of the characters can easily be recognized in today's world even though the language may be different. Alan Rickman and Donald Pleasance give particularly good performances.