The BBC drama that launched Mystery! on PBS
While on a Pyrenees vacation in 1922, upright English gentleman Richard Chandos (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange, Heroes) encounters the villainous Vanity Fair (Eileen Atkins, Cold Mountain). Mistress of the turreted Chateau Jezreel and leader of a motley band of criminals, she will inherit millions if she can force her stepdaughter to marry. Pitting his wits against this formidable adversary, Chandos determines to rescue the beautiful young woman. But Vanity Fair keeps one step ahead of him, a trick forever up her sleeve and murder in her heart.
Based on the novel by Dornford Yates and adapted by Tom Sharpe (Wilt, Porterhouse Blue), the story unfolds in a series of twists and turns as sharp as the hairpin bends around which the protagonists hurl their luxury cars. Emmy®-winner Atkins and Golden Globe®-nominee McDowell play perfect foils in this highly entertaining thriller.
An enthralling drama, highly recommended to mystery lovers. -- Midwest Book Review
Her [Atkins] unabashed ridiculousness is irresistible. -- Hartford Courant
It is clever, fun, and doesn't take itself seriously. -- Capture Crime blog
It's an absolute blast -- Boston Event Guide
Pure entertainment from start to finish. -- Keene Sentinel
She [Atkins] is so fabulously fiendish it makes this crackling yarn supremely satisfying as it is suspenseful. -- PaperMag
What a lovely, murderous romp. -- San Francisco Chronicle