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Vanity Fair

BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
Narrated by: Emma Fielding, Stephen Fry
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Stephen Fry narrates this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the famous Victorian comic novel. 

Orphan Becky Sharp and wealthy Amelia Sedley are best friends at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies. On leaving school, ambitious, social-climbing Becky looks for a rich man to support her, while the sweet-natured Amelia meets her old friend Dobbin, who is instantly captivated. 

Becky takes a job in the service of Sir Pitt Crawley, and uses her charm to hook his dashing son. However, marriage to Captain Rawdon of the Guards does not provide the fortune she seeks. Meanwhile, Amelia rejects the faithful Dobbin and becomes engaged to the handsome George Osborne – but destiny has some shocks in store for her, too. 

As time goes by, the girls' fortunes rise and fall. War, financial disaster and the ruin of her reputation leave the resourceful Becky undaunted, but Amelia finds it harder to bear fate's blows. It will be many years before their story is played out, and their futures finally decided.... 

William Makepeace Thackeray's classic satire of passion and ambition, first published in 1847 and 1848, is a deliciously ironic portrait of English society and its mores. This engaging 2004 radio production, published for the first time on audio, features a distinguished cast including Emma Fielding as Becky Sharp, Katy Cavanagh as Amelia and Toby Jones as Jos Sedley. 

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A good dramatisation

Very much enjoyed this pithy version perfect for easy listening on a journey to dip into

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A masterpiece

Beccy Sharp is my hero. From poor beginnings she weaves a life for herself through thick and thin. Clever and witty. Masterfully narrated by our wonderful Stephen Fry.

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  • Heather Hadlock
  • 03-01-19

Fantastic interpretation

Wonderful dramatization, with expressive and distinctive voice-actors. The droll narration of Stephen Fry ties the scenes together beautifully. I love the "music box" theme that marks the transition from one episode to the next.
I'm enjoying this in conjunction with the new amazon prime miniseries of Vanity Fair!

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  • Suzi Jones
  • 24-12-18

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I adore both Juliette Stevens & Stephen Fry. Very will done by ALL of the cast.
Just lovely!

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  • Kelsie A. Jacobson
  • 29-03-20

radio verses movie

Wow, the BBC radio show is much more informative about the characters involved, besides a totally different storyline & surprise ending. The movie had a romantical ending with the characters behaving abit differently. I still love the book. Awesome!!! More info. More intriguing.