Vanity Fair – who’s in it?
What’s it all about?
Gwyneth Hughes | Writer
What Gwyneth has done is to focus on the friendship between Becky and her friend. “My goal was to reach into the heart of Vanity Fair, to follow the simple story of a friendship between two girls from different sides of the tracks. One starts out poor, the other starts out rich. Luck and hard work reverse their fortunes, more than once. Their ending is bittersweet and unforgettable”
What is the best way to be a woman?
In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no-one is more determined to climb to the heights of English Society than Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke). The lowly teaching assistant issues her headmistress, Miss Pinkerton (Suranne Jones), with an ultimatum – pay her properly to teach at the Academy for Young Ladies, or find her a situation elsewhere. But Miss Pinkerton calls Becky’s bluff, deciding to send her off into exile as a country governess. Kindly stockbroker’s daughter Amelia Sedley (Claudia Jessie) takes pity on the poor homeless orphan and offers to take her home. Amelia’s dreams are like any other girl’s – she wants to be married and happy. But Becky wants to make sure tomorrow is better than today, and she seizes this opportunity to better herself. Becky quickly makes herself at home at the Sedley house, where she targets Amelia’s wealthy but oafish brother, Jos (David Fynn). With Amelia’s enthusiastic help, Becky makes it her mission to charm Jos into proposing marriage before the week is out. 67 Synopsis Episode one continued: Amelia persuades her snobbish fiancé, Lieutenant George Osborne (Charlie Rowe), to take the whole party out for a romantic night at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – the perfect chance for Becky to secure Jos’s affections. George brings along his best friend Captain William Dobbin (Johnny Flynn), who is secretly in love with Amelia.
At Vauxhall, Becky hangs on Jos’s every word, willing him to propose to her. But Jos is much more interested in drinking rack punch and ends up making a drunken fool of himself. When George ridicules his choice of a lower class bride and scares Jos off, Becky knows exactly who to blame for scuppering her plans.
Becky must now leave the Sedley house and journey to darkest Hampshire, to take up her position as governess at a rundown old mansion. Alone in the world again, Becky cheers up at the sight of Rawdon Crawley (Tom Bateman), her new master’s dashing youngest son…
“Beware ye olde London Town, Miss Sharp is on her way…”