THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES

(1982 Television Comedy/Drama Mini-Series)




Donald Pleasence and Nigel Hawthorne


Hollywood has so long typecast Pleasence as a sociopath that it's refreshing to see him
return to the character acting he excelled in during the '60s.


---Ed Siegel (BOSTON GLOBE critic)



ALTERNATE TITLES:

BARCHESTER TOWERS



ORIGINAL AIR DATE:

THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES was aired over seven nights on the program MASTERPIECE THEATRE on PBS in the United States from October 28--December 9, 1984.

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CAST AND CREW:

DONALD PLEASENCE (Reverend Septimus Harding)
GERALDINE McEWAN (Mrs. Proudie)
NIGEL HAWTHORNE (Dr. Grantly)
SUSAN HAMPSHIRE (La Signora Madeline Versey Neroni)
ALAN RICKMAN (Reverend Obadiah Slope)
CLIVE SWIFT (Dr. Proudie)
JANET MAW (Eleanor Harding)
DAVID GWILLIM (John Bold)
ANGELA PLEASENCE (Mrs. Grantly)
JOSEPH O'CONOR (Bunce)

Directed by DAVID GILES
Written by ALAN PLATER
(Based on the novels THE WARDEN and BARCHESTER TOWERS by ANTHONY TROLLOPE)
Produced by JONATHAN POWELL



SYNOPSIS:

After discovering that he has profited illegally from his position, the highly-respected warden of a cathedral hospital for the elderly contemplates resigning.



PLEASENCE'S CHARACTER:

Pleasence plays Reverend Septimus Harding---a highly-respected clergyman and the warden of Hiram's Hospital.



PORTRAITS AND STILLS:

  • DONALD PLEASENCE AS REVEREND SEPTIMUS HARDING
  • PLEASENCE AND JANET MAW
    Photos courtesy of Karen Rappaport



    REVIEWS:

  • ERIC ESTRIN (Los Angeles Magazine)
  • CATHLEEN SCHINE (Vogue)



    VIDEO/LASER DISC/DVD AVAILABILITY:

    NTSC VIDEO TO RENT---BEST VIDEO
    PAL VIDEO TO BUY---BLACK STAR



    NOVEL AVAILABILITY:

    HARDBACK AND PAPERBACK OF BARCHESTER TOWERS TO BUY---AMAZON.COM
    HARDBACK AND PAPERBACK OF THE WARDEN TO BUY---AMAZON.COM



    STAR LINKS:

  • A TRIBUTE TO SIR NIGEL HAWTHORNE
  • GERALDINE McEWAN: A CAREER IN THEATRE, FILM AND TELEVISION
  • RICKMAN IN THE ROUND
  • THE RICKMANISTA REVIEW



    AUTHOR LINKS:

  • ANTHONY TROLLOPE: AN OVERVIEW



    MINI-SERIES LINKS:

  • INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE



    MISCELLANEOUS LINKS:

  • MOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE



    Photo courtesy of Karen Rappaport

    Photos 1982 BBC / RCTV INC. All Rights Reserved.

    Logo designed by Karen Rappaport





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