Vanity Fair: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation by William Makepeace

Stephen Fry narrates this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the famous Victorian comic novel. 

Orphan Becky Sharp and wealthy Amelia Sedley are best friends at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies. On leaving school, ambitious, social-climbing Becky looks for a rich man to support her, while the sweet-natured Amelia meets her old friend Dobbin, who is instantly captivated. 

Becky takes a job in the service of Sir Pitt Crawley, and uses her charm to hook his dashing son. However, marriage to Captain Rawdon of the Guards does not provide the fortune she seeks. Meanwhile, Amelia rejects the faithful Dobbin and becomes engaged to the handsome George Osborne – but destiny has some shocks in store for her, too. 

As time goes by, the girls’ fortunes rise and fall. War, financial disaster and the ruin of her reputation leave the resourceful Becky undaunted, but Amelia finds it harder to bear fate’s blows. It will be many years before their story is played out, and their futures finally decided….

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