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Vanity Fair

That Vanity Fair is helmed by British directors James Strong (Broadchurch) and Jonathan Entwistle (The End of The F***ing World) should give you a sense of its flavour: prestige British drama with a sly, subversive undercurrent. At the centre is Manchester-born Olivia Cooke, extraordinary as the viper-tongued deviant with a perpetual glint in her eye.





Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, we follow the young would-be destitute Becky Sharp, who musters all of her flirtatious know-how to scale the heights of British society. To quote Thackeray, prepare for a story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing” as her schemes take her all the way to the high court of King George IV.