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Vanity Fair (1967 TV serial)

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Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair (1967 TV serial).jpg
DVD cover
Written byWilliam Makepeace Thackeray (novel)
Rex Tucker
Directed byDavid Giles
StarringSusan Hampshire
Music byDouglas Gamley (unknown episodes)
Original languageEnglish
ProducerDavid Conroy
Running time5x1 hour
Original release2 December (1967-12-02) –
30 December 1967 (1967-12-30)

Vanity Fair is a BBC television drama serial adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel of the same name broadcast in 1967.[1] It was the first drama serial in colour produced by the BBC.[2] Vanity Fair starred Susan Hampshire as Becky Sharp.[3] The serial was also broadcast in 1972 in the US on PBS television as part of Masterpiece Theatre, and Hampshire received an Emmy Award for her portrayal in 1973.[4]

This was the second of four television adaptations of Vanity Fair produced by the BBC; other serials had been transmitted in 1956/57, in 1987, and in 1998.[5]

Plot summary

For a full length summary of the book, see: Vanity Fair plot summary.


Episode Title Run Time BBC Air Date US Air Date
Part One The Famous Little Becky Puppet 41:11 2 Dec 1967 1 Oct 1972
Part Two The Dragoon 44:05 9 Dec 1967 8 Oct 1972
Part Three The Celebrated Battle Scene 44:15 16 Dec 1967 15 Oct 1972
Part Four The Wicked Nobleman 44:31 23 Dec 1967 22 Oct 1972
Part Five Vanitas Vanitatum 44:19 30 Dec 1967 29 Oct 1972




This adaptation is now available on DVD, distributed by Acorn Media UK.[6]


  1. ^ "Vanity Fair: Part 1: The Famous Little Becky Puppet". 2 December 1967. p. 9 – via BBC Genome.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: TV Literary Adaptation".
  3. ^ "Vanity Fair Part 4 The Wicked Nobleman (1967)". BFI.
  4. ^ a b "Susan Hampshire". Television Academy.
  5. ^ "William Makepeace Thackeray". BFI.
  6. ^ "Vanity Fair (1967) · British Universities Film & Video Council".

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