The Barchester Chronicles

Season 1 Episode 4

Episode 4

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Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1982 on BBC Two
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Episode 4
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Mrs Proudie and Rev Slope continue in their bid to control Barchester diocese. Some more bad eggs return to the nest as the Rev Stanhope and his family return from their extended Italian "trip."

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  • Yes, character development! Delicious, satisfying, because we have been starving for it.

    7.0
    Unfortunately, most of it comes from one character and the actor portraying him, but watching it unfold and make Alan Rickman's Reverend Slope a whole lot more complicated than we thought, and (gasp) making us even a LITTLE SYMPATHETIC for him is a wondrous thing. Wow, he has a real inner life...and he is by turns subservient and self-serving, amongst other conflicting drives and states. And let me tell you, if you're a female (or if you're watching this with a female), females will start to get a thing for "the bestial Mr Slope" despite yourself (ourselves) when we see how shockingly chivalrous and attentive he can be with ladies, in addition to the masculine self-confidence he exudes (even when there are affronts to it from supercilious, over-acted Mrs Proudie). Of course, the Barchester ladies only see one side of him, and he makes sure of that, but WE get to see the other side too, and still......you'll get a thing for Slope despite yourself.



    Nigel Hawthorne's Archdeacon Grantly continues to satisfy: he does things with great character consistency, even when faced with new challenges. We know him pretty well by now, and everything he does rings true....but he never bores.



    Oh, and some more simplistic characters get added, bad ones to augment the array of disappointingly predictable villain types in sleepy Barchester diocese, but only we know they're bad right now. And I SO don't give a damn about Reverend Harding and his youngest daughter Eleanor any more, at this point, I wish I could just fast-forward/skip ahead every time they show up. There is a brief glimmer of hope for Bishop Proudie to become interesting as this episode comes to a close, during his moments with Slope. We shall see....moreless
Jonathan Adams (I)

Jonathan Adams (I)

Quiverful

Guest Star

Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones

Mrs Quiverful

Guest Star

Angela Pleasence

Angela Pleasence

Mrs. Grantly

Recurring Role

Janet Maw

Janet Maw

Eleanor Bold

Recurring Role

Clive Swift

Clive Swift

Dr. Proudie

Recurring Role

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    • Bishop Proudie: (about Quiverful) A married man, is he?
      Mrs Proudie: He has an excellent wife.
      Slope: And fourteen children.
      Bishop Proudie: Fourteen? I see. Extremely married!

    • Archdeacon Grantly: You really must stop trying to see the other fellow's point of view. It is your worst fault.
      Septimus Harding: Forgive me, I was under the impression it was a virtue. I'll be more careful in the future.

    • Charlotte Stanhope: Would you consider marrying a woman with money?
      Bertie Stanhope: I certainly wouldn't marry one without. But they aren't easy to get nowadays. All the parsons pick them up.

    • Madeline Stanhope: Marriage means tyranny on one side and deception on the other. A man is a fool to sacrifice his interest to such a bargain. The tragedy is, a woman generally has no other way of living.

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