ITV Series: Vanity Fair (Trailer Song)
ITV has released a trailer for the adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel Vanity Fair, set to premiere later this year on the channel.
The seven-part series, written by Gwyneth Hughes (the screenwriter behind Dark Angel), revolves around Becky Shart (played by Olivia Cooke), a charming young woman who tries to escape poverty and ascend the heights of English Society. Her mission, which takes her the court of King George IV, is marked by “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, and also by broken hearts and lost fortunes.
The cast also includes comedian Michael Palin as the author and narrator (Thackeray), Suranne Jones as the snobbish lady Miss Pinkerton, Tom Bateman as the empty-headed cavalry officer Captain Rawdon Crawley, Martin Clunes as the villainous aristocrat Sir Pitt Crawley, Charlie Rowe as the “luckless soldier” George Osborne, Claudia Jessie as Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley, Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinner as her parents, David Fynn as her brother Joss, Johnny Flynn as the genial Dobbin, and Frances de La Tour as Miss Matilda Crawley.
The song used in the trailer, which features Olivia Cooke only, lounging in a chair and placing one of her feet on a globe in front of her, is the 2018 single “White Flag” by British musician and singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs (Sarah Grace McLaughlin by her real name), from her official debut album, “Church of Scars”.
An air date for the series has yet to be confirmed by ITV.