1 of 3: The New Bishop
by Anthony Trollope; dramatised by Nick Warburton
Four years have passed since Mr Harding was forced to relinquish the wardenship of Hiram's Hospital.
Now the cathedral town of Barchester is changing again, with the arrival of a new Bishop, his wife and Chaplain from London throwing all Barchester into disarray. And Eleanor Bold is to meet them all and discover a potential rival in the beautiful but lame Madeline Neroni.
Music composed by David Tobin, Jeff Meegan and Julian Gallant
Directed by Marion Nancarrow
Barchester Towers is the sequel to The Warden. Starting 4 years later, it follows Mr Harding, his daughter Eleanor and his son-in-law, Archdeacon Grantly. Mr Harding thinks he's found a sort of peace, having accepted that he's lost the Wardenship of Hiram's Hospital. But there's been a shocking occurrence between the two books which has had a profound effect on his younger daughter, Eleanor. And now the world of Barchester is to be rocked again, with the arrival of newcomers who threaten the sleepy tranquillity of the cathedral town.
The Barchester Chronicles is Anthony Trollope's much-loved series of witty, gently satirical stories of provincial life set within the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the surrounding county of Barsetshire. With a focus on the lives, loves and tribulations of the local clergy and rural gentry, the canvas is broad and colourful, with a wonderful set of iconic characters whose lives we become intimately involved in as they grow up, grow old and fall in or out of love and friendship across the years.