The Barchester Chronicles

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Overview

Adapted from a series of novels by Anthony Trollope, the Masterpiece Theatre production of The Barchester Chronicles features Donald Pleasence as Reverend Harding. Scandal taints the town of Barchester after the local church becomes the object of a scathing investigative report about the use of church funds. The husbands of Harding's daughters are feuding with each other and each manipulates Harding for their individual purposes. A change in church leadership brings Harding into contact with Reverend Obadiah ...
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Overview

Adapted from a series of novels by Anthony Trollope, the Masterpiece Theatre production of The Barchester Chronicles features Donald Pleasence as Reverend Harding. Scandal taints the town of Barchester after the local church becomes the object of a scathing investigative report about the use of church funds. The husbands of Harding's daughters are feuding with each other and each manipulates Harding for their individual purposes. A change in church leadership brings Harding into contact with Reverend Obadiah Slope (Alan Rickman), an unpleasant man who may be hiding some deep secrets.
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Special Features

"Middle England's Marvel": Commemorative profile of Peterborough Cathedral as it celebrated its 750th anniversary in 1989; Cast/author bios
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • UPC: 794051211125
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,960

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hampshire
Nigel Hawthorne Archdeacon Grantly
Geraldine McEwan
Donald Pleasence Rev. Harding
Alan Rickman Rev. Obadiah Slope
Technical Credits
David Giles Director
Derek Bourgeois Score Composer
Alan Plater Screenwriter
Jonathan Powell Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Barchester Chronicles, Disc 1
1. Corruption and Nepotism [6:05]
2. Business Talk [4:51]
3. Repel all Reformers [4:28]
4. Why Mr. Harding? [4:53]
5. What's Ours by Law [4:40]
6. Are You Mad? [5:02]
7. We Shall Have Them [5:19]
8. A Personal Attack [9:46]
9. Soul-Searching [7:07]
10. End Credits [1:51]
1. One Last Favor [8:23]
2. Outrage [5:49]
3. Too Late [6:38]
4. To London [5:47]
5. Seeking Haphazard [4:19]
6. Evading the Grantlys [6:32]
7. Legal Advice [4:54]
8. You Can't Resign [5:42]
9. Taking Leave [4:00]
10. End Credits [1:50]
1. A Dying Bishop [5:14]
2. An Untimely Death [4:46]
3. The New Regime [7:34]
4. A Real Adversary [4:21]
5. A False Truth [6:07]
6. Slope in Control [3:45]
7. Overtures [8:35]
8. The Bishop's Reception [6:17]
9. Vanity of Vanities [5:29]
10. End Credits [1:51]
1. Unacceptable Proposition [7:13]
2. Offer Declined [5:03]
3. A Keen Candidate [6:01]
4. Confusing the Issue [5:23]
5. A Rich Widow [5:19]
6. Deep Water [6:01]
7. Clash of Wills [9:32]
8. The Bishop's Regrets [3:18]
9. Evening With the Stanhopes [4:11]
10. End Credits [1:51]
Side #2 -- Barchester Chronicles, Disc 2
1. Mr. Slopes Preoccupations [6:39]
2. Gentlemanly Proportions [2:54]
3. The Lord Taketh Away [6:17]
4. It was Promised [3:40]
5. A Desperate Appeal [3:09]
6. Weak Husbands [6:48]
7. A Divided Heart [7:05]
8. Mr. Slope's Letter [7:43]
9. Impertinence [5:55]
10. End Credits [1:55]
1. Unfinished Business [6:33]
2. Higher Ambition [5:55]
3. Amusing Friends [4:37]
4. Slope Must Leave [5:29]
5. Forget the Pain [3:21]
6. Miss Thorne's Party [9:23]
7. Mr. Slope Interlopes [5:50]
8. A Second Proposal [6:57]
9. Travel With Me [1:11]
10. End Credits [1:52]
1. Odious Behavior [6:05]
2. Goodbye Bertie [8:25]
3. The Signora's Advice [5:09]
4. More Visitors [6:32]
5. A Gratifying Offer [4:33]
6. Visiting Ullathorne [3:47]
7. In the Garden [5:30]
8. What Have I Done Amiss? [5:00]
9. Nothing is Ever the Same [3:43]
10. End Credits [1:51]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Barchester Chronicles, Disc 1
   Play in Order
   Episode One
   Episode Two
   Episode Three
   Episode Four
Side #2 -- Barchester Chronicles, Disc 2
   Play in Order
   Episode Five
   Episode Six
   Episode Seven
   Middle England's Marvel
   The Cast
      Rev. Septimus Harding
      Eleanor Harding
      Archdeacon Grantly
      Rev. Obadiah Slope
      Signora Neroni
      Mrs. Proudie
      Bishop Proudie
      Mrs. Grantly
      Bishop Grantly
      Mary Bold
      Bunce
      Mrs. Vesey Stanhope
      Author Anthony Trollope
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Rendering of Two Trollope Novels

    The Barchester Chronicles is a superb dramatization of Anthony Trollope's The Warden and Barchester Towers. The performances of the leading actors are quite fine, with Alan Rickman particularly excellent as the odious Rev. Obadiah Slope. (This was perhaps the first opportunity for an American audience to see Rickman, who has grown into one of the greatest talents on the large or small screen.) Nigel Hawthorne is also a delight as the ambitious Archdeacon Grantley. The performances enhance an excellent screenplay, which captures the humor, the drama and the humanity of two of Trollope's best loved novels. This may be the finest translation of any Victorian novel to any screen medium.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Challenging!

    I liked this Series. To brought forth "truths" that needed telling about the workings of the early church and much of which still exists today unfortunately. Susan Hampshire and Geraldine McEwan were great.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie get's better every time I watch it...

    Seldom do both my husband and I enjoy a movie more than once together. We look forward to watching it again and again. Interesting, funny, and great acting! This is a keeper.

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