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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 Eugene Wrayburn (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Mortimer Lightwood (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Bella Wilfer (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Silas Wegg (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Bradley Headstone (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Rogue Riderhood (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Jenny Wren (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Venus (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Charley Hexam (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Riah (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Henerietty Boffin (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Wilfer (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Mr. Sloppy (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Betty Higden (3 episodes, 1976)
Edmond Bennett ...
 Mr. Dolls (3 episodes, 1976)
Tom Owen ...
 Footman (3 episodes, 1976)
Brian Wilde ...
 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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Patrick Troughton (Rogue Riderhood) and David Troughton (Mr Sloppy) are father and son in real life. See more »

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How I wish this was available now!
23 October 2006 | by (Port Townsend, Washington) – See all my reviews

I thought this version was much superior to the 1998 version. Enough time was taken so that minor characters like Fascination Fledgby, Jenny Wren, Charlie Hexam, Mrs. R.W., and Mr. Twemlow could be fully realized. In the shorter, later version even the main characters get short shrift sometimes. In this one Mr. Boffin's descent into miserliness is given plenty of screen time, as is his relationship with Silas Wegg (Alfie Bass having a very good time in the role). The acting is wonderful by all the cast, but I must give top marks to the incomparable Leo McKern as Mr. Boffin. A young Jane Seymour is perfectly cast as Bella Wilfer, and has good chemistry with John McEnerny as a compelling John Rokesmith. Lesley Dunlop brings both strength and sensitivity to the role of Lizzie Hexam. Warren Clarke is chilling as the obsessed Bradley Headstone, and Nicholas Jones catches all of Eugene's conflicted soul. Like another reviewer, I am lobbying the BBC to bring this out on DVD.


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