The Barchester Chronicles

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The Barchester Chronicles
Genre Drama
Written by Alan Plater
Anthony Trollope
Directed by David Giles
Starring Donald Pleasence
David Gwillim
John Ringham
Joseph O'Conor
Alan Rickman
Clifford Parrish
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 55 minutes
Original network BBC2
Original release 10 November 1982 (1982-11-10) – 22 December 1982 (1982-12-22)

The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's first two Barchester novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers. The series was directed by David Giles. Location work was filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court.

The series starred Donald Pleasence as Mr Harding, Nigel Hawthorne as Archdeacon Grantly, Angela Pleasence as Mrs Grantly, Cyril Luckham as Bishop Grantly, David Gwillim as John Bold, George Costigan as Tom Towers, John Ringham as Finney, Barbara Flynn as Mary Bold, Janet Maw as Eleanor Harding, Clive Swift as Bishop Proudie, Geraldine McEwan as Mrs Proudie, Alan Rickman as Obadiah Slope, Susan Hampshire as Signora Madeline Neroni, and Ursula Howells as Miss Thorne.


The series won a BAFTA award for Design (Chris Pemsel) in 1982, also being nominated for Drama Series/Serial (Jonathan Powell, David Giles), Costume Design (Juanita Waterson), Graphics (Stewart Austin), Make Up (Elizabeth Rowell), Sound Supervisor (Chick Anthony), Video Cameraman (Geoff Feld), and Video Lighting (Howard King).[1]


  1. ^ "Television Nominations 1982". BAFTA. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 

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