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September 25, 2017 • 0 Comments

ITV.COMExclusive first look image and all star cast announced for ITV’s Vanity Fair, as production begins on location in Budapest and the UK

ITV and Amazon Studios today announce that Oldham-born actress and rising Hollywood star Olivia Cooke has begun filming as Becky Sharp for the ITV adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Cooke (star of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film Ready Player One) will be joined by a star-studded cast including musician and actor Johnny Flynn (Genius) as Dobbin, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Tour (The History Boys) as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.

Also joining the ensemble cast are Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty) who plays Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley, with theatrical titan Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as her parents, and David Fynn (School of Rock) as her brother Joss.

Already announced are Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express) who takes the role of Captain Rawdon Crawley and Charlie Rowe (Salvation) as George Osborne.

Filming started in Budapest, with the shoot then continuing in locations in and around London.

Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows modern heroine Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.

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June 29, 2017 • 0 Comments

VARIETY A new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV.

Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, which produced “Victoria,” is owned by ITV Studios.

Cooke, the star of Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” will play heroine Becky Sharp in the show, which is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows her attempts to make her way in English society.

Period drama was once considered the preserve of the BBC in the U.K., but commercial network ITV has had notable historical hits in recent years with “Downton Abbey” and “Victoria,” although the World War II-set “The Halcyon” fared less well and was canceled after one season. ITV also teamed with Hulu on “Harlots,” set in the world of the 18th-century London sex trade.

Polly Hill, who joined ITV from the BBC last year, commissioned “Vanity Fair,” which will launch on ITV next year and also be on Amazon Prime Video. “‘Vanity Fair’ feels like the perfect classic to adapt for ITV, and Gwyneth Hughes’ stunning scripts bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience,” Hill said. “The question was always who would be our perfect Becky Sharp, and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke.”

This is the latest in a long line of adaptations of the novel. The BBC first took it to TV back in the 1950s, returning to it again in the 1960s in a version that also went out on PBS in the U.S. The BBC again adapted it in the 1980s and 1990s. A 2004 movie version starring Reese Witherspoon was a box-office disappointment.

The new series will be produced by Julia Stannard (“War & Peace”) with James Strong (“Broadchurch”) directing. It will be filmed in London and Budapest and shooting starts in September. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will sell the series internationally.