Director: Mira Nair; Writer: Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet, Julian Fellowes, William Makepeace Thackeray; Producer: S.M. Ferozeuddin Alameer, Ray Angelic, Howard Cohen, Pippa Cross, Janette Day, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Matthew Faulk, Jane Frazer, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Lynn, Mark Skeet, Dinaz Stafford; Cinematographer: Declan Quinn; Editor: Allyson C. Johnson; Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Angelica Mandy, Roger Lloyd Pack, Ruth Sheen, Kate Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, Lillete Dubey, Romola Garai, Tony Maudsley, Deborah Findlay, John Franklyn-Robbins, Paul Bazely, Rhys Ifans, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlie Beall, David Sterne, Bob Hoskins, Douglas Hodge, Meg Wynn Owen, Georgina Edmonds, Emilie Richardson, Tim Preece, Geraldine McEwan, Natasha Little, Eileen Atkins, James Purefoy, Helen Coker, Tim Seely, Jim Broadbent, Sophie Hunter, Paul Bentall, Sean McKenzie, Kathryn Drysdale, John Woodvine, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Nicholas Jones, Sian Thomas, Trevor Cooper, Brian Pettifer, Steven Elder, Gabrielle Lloyd, William Melling, Daniel Hay, Niall O'Brien, Anu Gopalakrishnan, Tom Beard, Roma Edmonds, Gledis Cinque, Thomas Grant, Kelly Hunter, Camilla Rutherford, Alexandra Staden, Jonny Phillips, Richard McCabe, Veerendra Saxena, Bruce Mackinnon, Mathew Horne, Tim Bentinck, Andrew Price, Tom Sturridge, Chloe Treend, Stefane Sauer, Nicole Forbes, Amanda Courtney-Davies, Louise Rhian Poole, Lene Langgaard, Sarah Mogg, Tracey Lushington, Sandy Borne, Stephenie McMillan, Suzanne Thomas, Mari Baade, K. Knight, Sylvano Clarke, Max Bollinger, Tom Fox Davies, Will Irvine, Tatiana Lavrentieva, Craig James Morgan, Vijay Raaz, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey, Deborah Wise
Summary: The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with pluck, a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. No aristocrat she, nor bourgeois, just spirited, intelligent, and irrepressible.