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"The Barchester Chronicles"
A dream cast brings Anthony Trollope's Barchester novels charmingly to life in this engaging production from the golden age of Masterpiece Theatre. Featuring Alan Rickman in his breakthrough role as the odious Obadiah Slope.
Adapted by Alan Plater, 'The Barchester Chronicles' was originaly written with Arthur Lowe in mind as the battered and virtuous Mr Harding, but he died before the series went into production and Donald Pleasence took on the role, which gave him a chance to act alongside his real life daughter, Angela Pleasence, as his screen daughter Susan. The 'Radio Times', 6-12 November 1982 contained a four page article on the series prior to its launch on Wednesday 10th and in particular picked out newcomer Alan Rickman as a 'first rate comic villain'.
'The Barchester Chronicles' was described by award winning Canadian critic Rick Groen as 'A deliciously satiric look at the ecclesiastic community in all it's English glory - a rigid heirarchy of relics sacred and human, of scheming chaplains and bilious bishops and not-so-venerable bedesmen.' Alan Plater described it another way: "The Barchester clergy are like the Borgias without murdering anybody." The series was nominated for 6 BAFTA Awards and in the USA it was screened on PBS as part of 'Masterpiece Theatre.'
The community of Barchester is shaken from its cosy complacency when a newspaper's crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires. Overnight, Rev. Harding (Donald Pleasence) becomes a pawn in a battle between his younger daughter's beau, John Bold, and his older daughter's husband, Archdeacon Grantly (Nigel Hawthorne). Little do they realise that the worst is yet to come, until a regime change delivers Barchester into the hands of a most unholy trinity: the weak-willed Bishop Proudie, the domineering Mrs. Proudie, and the insufferable Rev. Obadiah Slope.
Episode 5 - Duration 52 minutes
Episode 6 - Duration 51 minutes
Episode 7 - Duration 51 minutes
Bonus Profile of Peterborough Cathedral - Duration 30 minutes
This torrent contains a complete and uncompressed copy of the original DVD including chapter structure, etc, and will produce a perfect clone when burned to DVD9.
ISO'd using DVD Decrypter & UltraISO
Source: PAL DVD, 25 fps
Audio: English 2chn
Res: 720 x 576
Disc 2 - File Information
File Name: The Barchester Chronicles (1982) [DVD (iso)] Disc 2 of 2 DW Staff Approved
Duration (hh:mm:ss): 1:44:16
File Size (in bytes): 7,062,716,416
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Video Codec Name: MPEG-2
Video Bitrate (kbps): 5830
frame Width (pixels): 720
frame Height (pixels): 576
frames Per Second: 25.000
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