The Barchester Chronicles

The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's first two Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Warden and Barchester Towers. The series was directed by David Giles. Location work was filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court.

The Barchester Chronicles
Written byAlan Plater
Anthony Trollope
Directed byDavid Giles
StarringDonald Pleasence
Nigel Hawthorne
David Gwillim
John Ringham
Joseph O'Conor
Alan Rickman
Clifford Parrish
Angela Pleasence
Geraldine McEwan
Janet Maw
Susan Hampshire
Barbara Flynn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Running time55 minutes
Original networkBBC2
Original release10 November (1982-11-10) 
22 December 1982 (1982-12-22)


The sleepy community of Barchester is stirred up when their local hospital becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.



The series won a BAFTA award for Design (Chris Pemsel) in 1982, also being nominated for Drama Series/Serial (Jonathan Powell, David Giles), Costume Design (Juanita Waterson), Graphics (Stewart Austin), Make Up (Elizabeth Rowell), Sound Supervisor (Chick Anthony), Video Cameraman (Geoff Feld), and Video Lighting (Howard King).[1]


  1. "Television Nominations 1982". BAFTA. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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