Based on the Dickens novel, tells the story of a young man who's inherited fortune hangs on his marriage to a woman he's never met. But many have their eyes on his fortune and scheme to ... See full summary »
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 Lizzie Hexam (7 episodes, 1976)
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 John Rokesmith / ... (7 episodes, 1976)
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 Eugene Wrayburn (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Boffin (6 episodes, 1976)
Andrew Ray ...
 Mortimer Lightwood (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Bella Wilfer (6 episodes, 1976)
Alfie Bass ...
 Silas Wegg (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Bradley Headstone (5 episodes, 1976)
John Collin ...
 Rogue Riderhood (5 episodes, 1976)
Polly James ...
 Jenny Wren (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Venus (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Charley Hexam (5 episodes, 1976)
Harold Goldblatt ...
 Riah (4 episodes, 1976)
Kathleen Harrison ...
 Henerietty Boffin (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Wilfer (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Sloppy (4 episodes, 1976)
Hilda Barry ...
 Betty Higden (3 episodes, 1976)
Edmond Bennett ...
 Mr. Dolls (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Footman (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Night Inspector (3 episodes, 1976)
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Based on the Dickens novel, tells the story of a young man who's inherited fortune hangs on his marriage to a woman he's never met. But many have their eyes on his fortune and scheme to claim it; placing him in a poor situation where he must fight for this woman as a mere secretary. Written by puma31219

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16 April 1978 (USA)  »

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Nasz wspólny przyjaciel  »

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Patrick Troughton (Rogue Riderhood) and David Troughton (Mr Sloppy) are father and son in real life. See more »

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Version of Vor fælles Ven (1921) See more »

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Some outstanding performances.
6 August 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A fine adaption of the book, soon to be available on DVD again. While I found the later 1998 BBC version well played, I think that this version was more powerful in that the characters were really brought to life by the actors in this version.

Many of the key parts were played by actors who were destined later to become household names. Jane Seymour's portrayal of Bella Wilfer was particularly inspired as she made the selfish, shallow, spoiled yet beautiful young woman really live, repelling and attracting at the same time. Lesley Dunlop as Lizzie Hexham made me really wish for her eventual happiness.

Another great role was that of Bradley Headstone who was played by Warren Clarke, familiar to British viewers as the policeman Dalziel in "Dalziel and Pascoe". He put real menace into the part of the disturbed headmaster.

Even the minor roles were played by some of the finest actors of the time, Alfie Bass et al.

This version will be available again from April 2008.


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