The Barchester Chronicles

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The Barchester Chronicles
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Written byAlan Plater (adaptation)
Anthony Trollope (novels)
Directed byDavid Giles
StarringDonald Pleasence
Nigel Hawthorne
David Gwillim
John Ringham
Joseph O'Conor
Alan Rickman
Clifford Parrish
Angela Pleasence
Geraldine McEwan
Janet Maw
Susan Hampshire
Barbara Flynn
ComposerDerek Bourgeois
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
ProducerJonathan Powell
Running time55 minutes
Original networkBBC2
Original release10 November (1982-11-10) –
22 December 1982 (1982-12-22)

The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by Jonathan Powell for the BBC.[1] It is an adaptation by Alan Plater of Anthony Trollope's first two Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Warden (1855) and Barchester Towers (1857).[2] The series was directed by David Giles.[3] Location work was videotaped in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court.[4]


After the failed crusade against the Church of England’s practice of self-enrichment, the sleepy community of Barchester is stirred up when their local church becomes the object of a scathing investigative report.



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).[5]


  1. ^ "The Barchester Chronicles Part 7 (1982)". BFI.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Barchester Chronicles, The (1982)".
  3. ^ Ward, Rachel (25 April 2015). "Anthony Trollope: best TV adaptations" – via
  4. ^ "Filming Locations - Peterborough Cathedral".
  5. ^ "Television Nominations 1982". BAFTA. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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