ITV heralds its major new drama Vanity Fair, coming later this year on ITV, in a short trailer, featuring the Oldham-born actress Olivia Cooke.
Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel of the same name “follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society,” according to the official synopsis, which also reveals that “Her story of ‘villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing’ takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes”.
The seven-part series also stars Johnny Flynn, Simon Russell Beale, Frances de la Tour, Martin Clunes, Claudia Jessie, Anthony Head, David Fynn, Suranne Jones and more.
The trailer, scored by Bishop Briggs’ 2018 single “White Flag,” features Olivia Cooke in a red dress, sitting in a chair and putting her foot on a globe. “Their world, her rules” onscreen lines read.
Written by Gwyneth Hughes and produced by leading production company Mammoth Screen, Vanity Fair was made with Amazon Studios and is set to premiere on the TV channel later this year.