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How will Sir Pitt Craw­ley cope with­out her?

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The ta­bles have turned as Amelia finds her­self in fi­nan­cial dire straights, won­der­ing if Ge­orge will still want to marry her now the fam­ily has hit hard times. Mean­while, Becky’s star is on the rise and ro­mance is blos­som­ing with cavalry of­fi­cer Raw­don Craw­ley…

Last week, fear­less Becky Sharp left the Craw­leys’ es­tate with­out a sec­ond glance, rid­ing off to new ad­ven­tures with filthy rich Aunt Matilda. But how will Sir Pitt ad­just to life with­out his former gov­erness and secretary?

‘He may come across like a preda­tory bully but ac­tu­ally he saw some­thing in Becky he re­spected; she worked her magic on him,’ says Martin Clunes, who plays him. ‘He liked the way that she ma­nip­u­lated him, rather than re­sent­ing her. Sir Pitt saw Becky as an op­por­tu­nity and even a pos­si­bil­ity for his next wife.’

Sir Pitt may be mis­er­able now, but Martin says he loved film­ing the seven-part se­ries.

Rid­ing high

‘I was over­joyed when I re­alised I could drive a horse and car­riage for the role!’ he beams. ‘The stock char­ac­ters of cos­tume dra­mas don’t usu­ally ap­peal to me, but this is so much more – the bad­dies are good, the good­ies are bad and Becky is pos­si­bly the great­est woman in Bri­tish literature!’

Dash­ing… Becky sets her sights on Raw­don

Dis­may...Sir Pitt re­acts to Becky’s de­par­ture

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