The Barchester Chronicles

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BBC Two (ended 1982)

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The Barchester Chronicles

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A British-produced seven-part mini-series based on the books The Warden and Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Had quite an impressive cast, and was nominated for 7 BAFTAs, winning one for Chris Pemsel's Production Design. "Jumped the Pond" and aired in America on PBS stations. The sleepy diocese of Barchester is shaken-up by a series of reforms and reformers coming from the public domain as well as the hierarchy of the Anglican church. The professional and personal fallout from these changes affects a number of persons in this inter-connected community. Stand-out performances by Nigel Hawthorne as Archdeacon Grantly and Alan Rickman as Reverend Slope make this mini-series worth watching...when they're not in a scene, you miss them terribly.
Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Reverend Obadiah Slope

Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Archdeacon Grantly

Geraldine McEwan

Geraldine McEwan

Mrs. Proudie

Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

Reverend Septimus Harding

Susan Hampshire

Susan Hampshire

Signora Madeline Neroni

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Bumped it up in my Alan Rickman Netflix Queue after I suddenly got assigned the Editorship of this show on TV.com after making a few corrections to the sparse data I found here (was correcting some Rickman info errors).moreless

    6.4
    Bumped it up in my Alan Rickman Netflix Queue after I suddenly got assigned the Editorship of this show on TV.com after making a few corrections to the sparse data I found here (was correcting some Rickman info errors). It had been near the bottom of the list.



    It just didn't sound really interesting and had listed Alan as a supporting character. Holy Understatement, Batman. Without the presence of Alan Rickman and Nigel Hawthorne, this seven-part mini-series is full of weakly drawn, predictably-to-badly portrayed British-mini characters. I am not familiar with the works of Anthony Trollope, but I can't believe his popularity came from writing about such lame people with such muddy motivations or about such caricatured types who perpetually sing the same note.



    The ONLY reasons I give it anything above a 3 are the rich characterizations drawn by Alan Rickman and Nigel Hawthorne, and both are such a devilish delight, they more than doubled the score this production would have gotten from me otherwise. Unfortunately, Rickman's Rev Slope doesn't even show up till episode 3.



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    This is relatively early Rickman, but he is already so clearly superior and complicated in his work, it seems a shame that he hasn't enjoyed greater success and note in America. I feel he is frequently under-used, but such is the nature of the increasingly "fast-food" mentality permeating "the arts." I may now look up some more of Nigel Hawthorne's work as well. Seriously, the performances of these two in The Barchester Chronicles are worth the tedium of the rest of it.moreless
  • The Barchester Chronicles blew past my expectations. At first, I had expected same old same old plot development but twist after turn of excitement and action just way exceeded my expectations.moreless

    9.1
    The Barchester Chronicles blew past my expectations. At first, I had expected same old same old plot development but twist after turn of excitement and action just way exceeded my expectations. Mind you, there were some problems (most discontinuity issues) that I don't have the time to mention but all in all, a solid 9.

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