Vanity Fair, the adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, has pre-sold into eight territories at MIPTV.
Deals have been struck for Australia (BBC First), New Zealand (TVNZ), Spain (Movistar+), Canada (CBC), the Netherlands (NPO 2), Sweden (SVT), Norway (NRK) and Finland (YLE).
Produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark) and Amazon Studios (who produced the upcoming BBC version of King Lear), the series stars Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) as heroine Becky Sharp, who navigates through the pitfalls of early 19th century British society. The novel follows Becky from her penniless beginnings to the pinnacle of King George IV’s court, against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars including the Battle of Waterloo.
Also on the cast are Johnny Flynn (Beast), Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster), Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express) and Michael Palin (Monty Python’s Flying Circus).
The series was written by Golden Globe nominee Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days), produced by Julia Stannard (War And Peace) and directed by James Strong (Broadchurch). Mammoth’s managing director Damien Timmer is executive producing alongside Hughes, Strong and Tom Mullens, with Victoria Fea for ITV.