Vanity Fair (2018): S01E01 – Miss Sharp in the Presence of the Enemy


Vanity Fair is a 2018 historical drama miniseries based on the 1848 novel of the same name by William Makepeace Thackeray.

It was produced by Mammoth Screen and distributed by ITV and Amazon Studios.


After losing her teaching job with Ms. Pinkerton due to an unladylike attitude, orphan Becky Sharp is given the position of governess in Hampshire that she does not want. Kind-hearted and wealthy Amelia finds Becky crying in her room. Becky convinces Amelia to let her stay with her. As a parting shot at Ms. Pinkerton, she shouts “Viva la France”, “Viva Napoleon”. Amelia’s parents take Becky into their house. Becky makes herself out as a victim but the butler knows better. Amelia mentions her brother Jos in India. Seems like everyone except Amelia suspects Becky of trying to impose upon Amelia’s family. Jos arrives and seems taken with Becky. After giving Becky flowers Jos regales Becky with his adventures in India. Amelia’s fiancée George tries to talk Jos out of connecting himself to Becky. Becky, Jos, Amelia, and George go to Vauxhall Pleasure Garden and go on a balloon ride and watch fireworks. Jos makes a drunken fool out of himself and almost proposes to Becky. A letter arrives for Amelia the next day in which Jos asks for Becky’s forgiveness for what he said to her and that he’s leaving for Cheltenham. George tells Becky “better luck in your next life”. Becky packs and Amelia offers Becky a necklace but Becky declines as she does not want to be accused of thievery. As Becky leaves, George tells Amelia that Becky must learn her station. Becky arrives at Queen’s Crawley. She will be teaching Rose and Violet Cawley.

Vanity Fair Series

You can find a full index and overview of Vanity Fair (2018) here.

You can find a full index and overview of the Vanity Fair franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 02 September 2018.
  • Running Time: 45-47 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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