The Whirl of Vanity Fair (1998)

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Made to coincide with the screening of the latest BBC adaptation of the novel, `Vanity Fair' starring Natasha Little as Becky Sharp, looks at parallels between the high society of the 1840s which the novel satirises and the present day. Publicist Max Clifford explains how he would launch Becky Sharp on the contemporary London scene, while writers John Mortimer, Nigella Lawson and Peter York examine the life of the novel's author, William Makepeace Thackeray, a self-confessed snob.

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