Home Television Drama Middlemarch


1 9 9 4 (UK)
7 x 60 minute episodes

Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey) marries ageing scholar, Edward Casaubon (Patrick Malahide) with the intention of supporting his great intellectual endeavours. But Casaubon resists her help and dies without completing his opus and places conditions upon her inheritance that prove a burden to Dorothea – he will disinherit her from the grave if she ever marries his cousin, the artist Will Ladislaw (Rufus Sewell).

Meanwhile, Dr Tertius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge) is put in charge of the fever hospital in Middlemarch and falls in love with town beauty Rosamond Vincy (Trevyn McDowell).  They marry and are very happy together – but his new bride is extravagant and their financial position deteriorates to the point where many of their furnishings are repossessed.

Other smaller plots interweave the main stories and lead to reconciliation, resignation, remuneration, and resolution.

This BBC series was adapted from the classic George Eliot novel of the same name.

Dorothea Brooke
Juliet Aubrey
Dr Tertius Lydgate
Douglas Hodge
Rosamond Vincy
Trevyn McDowell
Will Ladislaw
Rufus Sewell
Nicholas Bulstrode
Peter Jeffrey
Fred Vincy
Jonathan Firth
Arthur Brooke
Robert Hardy
Rev. Edward Casaubon
Patrick Malahide
Sir James Chettam
Julian Wadham
Mr Hawley
Colum Convey
Rev. Farebrother
Simon Chandler
Mayor Vincy
Stephen Moore
Mrs Bulstrode
Rosemary Martin
Celia Brooke
Caroline Harker
Caleb Garth
Clive Russell
Mr Standish
Ronald Hines
Mary Garth
Rachel Power
Lady Chettam
Mary Hanefey
Mrs Cadwallader
Elizabeth Spriggs
Mrs Vincy
Jacqueline Tong
Dr Wrench
James Garbutt
Mrs Plymdale
Patti Love
Peter Featherstone
Michael Hordern
Cheryl Fergison
Roger Milner
Mrs Garth
Gabrielle Lloyd
Voice of George Eliot
Judi Dench