In Which Becky Joins Her Regiment

Series 1 - Episode 4 In Which Becky Joins Her Regiment

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Review

It’s such a shame that Vanity Fair is proving to be cannon fodder in the face of the biggest gun of all, Bodyguard on BBC1, because Gwyneth Hughes’s adaptation of Thackeray’s novel is delightful. It really doesn’t deserve to be annihilated in a scheduling battle.

Tonight’s episode is key as George, Rawdon and William must take their places alongside their army comrades to face Napoleon in battle. No one can quite believe they are going to war at last, but it’s a horrible reality. Amelia (Claudia Jessie) is inconsolable but the shameless Becky (Olivia Cooke) retains her sly smile and her equanimity. Until she gets a brutal wake-up call.

Summary

George refuses to apologise for his marriage to Amelia and his father sends him a letter, cutting him off from the family and denying him his inheritance. All the friends set sail for Belgium, where Becky makes use of every opportunity to advance in society, laying on the charm with the great and the good. Even George is captivated by Becky's new glamour, as Amelia notices with mounting dread. Adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel about an amoral woman who cunningly manoeuvres her way to the top of Georgian high society. Starring Olivia Cooke.

Cast & Crew

Becky Sharp Olivia Cooke
Amelia Sedley Claudia Jessie
Rawdon Crawley Tom Bateman
William Dobbin Johnny Flynn
George Osborne Charlie Rowe
Mrs Peggy O'Dowd Monica Dolan
Jos Sedley David Fynn
John Osborne Robert Pugh
William Makepeace Thackeray Michael Palin
Jane Osborne Ellie Kendrick
Hicks Toby Williams
Ensign Stubble Jack Loxton
Major Michael O'Dowd Patrick Fitzsymons
Lady Bareacres Elizabeth Berrington
Lady Blanche Lily Lesser
General Tufto Richard Dixon
Lord Bareacres Will Barton
Isidor Philip Desmeules
Flunkey John Fricker
Adapted By Gwyneth Hughes
Director James Strong
Executive Producer Gwyneth Hughes
Executive Producer Tom Mullens
Executive Producer James Strong
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Producer Julia Stannard
Writer William Makepeace Thackeray
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