Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a ... See full summary »
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the death of his father, Nicholas Nickleby along with his sister Kate and their mother find themselves in difficult conditions. They relocate to London in the hope that Uncle Ralph ... See full summary »

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

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Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

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 Mrs. Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Henrietta Petowker / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 John Browdie / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Newman Noggs / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Nicholas Nickleby (4 episodes, 1982)
Emily Richard ...
 Kate Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Smike (4 episodes, 1982)
Thelma Whiteley ...
 Madame Mantalini / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Ralph Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Vincent Crummles (3 episodes, 1982)
Nicholas Gecks ...
 Lord Frederick Verisopht (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
Lucy Gutteridge ...
 Madeline Bray / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Shirley King ...
 Mrs. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Croupier / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
David Lloyd Meredith ...
 Charles Cheeryble / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Hubert Rees ...
 Mr. Curdle / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Sharon Bower ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Jeffery Dench ...
 Arthur Gride / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Ian East ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Alan Gill ...
 George / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Andrew Hawkins ...
 Captain Adams / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Rose Hill ...
 Lady From Downstairs / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Roderick Horn ...
 Dr. London / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Griffith Jones ...
 Flunkey / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Benjamin / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Timothy Kightley ...
 Col. Chowser / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
William Maxwell ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Sally Nesbitt ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Clyde Pollitt ...
 Brooker / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Stephen Rashbrook ...
 Alphonse / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Ravenscroft ...
 Frank Cheeryble / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Bolder / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Hannah / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a Yorkshire school to be cruel, and runs away with one of the students. Meanwhile, Kate is subjected to the unwanted attentions of Sir Mulberry Hawk, aided by her uncle. Nicholas and his new friend, Smike, begin their adventures and eventually set out to rescue Kate, with the usual Dickensian twists, turns and asides. Written by Kathy Li

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The original eight and a half hour Broadway production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby" by Charles Dickens and adapted by David Edgar opened at the Plymouth Theater (after two successful runs in London) on October 4, 1981, and ran for 49 performances. It was performed in its entirety at 1pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a tight one-hour meal break from 5-6pm between Parts One and Two. For those with day jobs, Thursday nights were just Part One, Friday nights were just Part Two, at 7pm. To cover the huge production cost of importing the show and cast, the tickets were a then unheard-of $100 for every seat (and worth every penny). It made theatrical history and won the 1982 Tony Award for the Best Play. Alun Armstrong, Suzanne Bertish, Sharon Bower, Janet Dale, Jeffery Dench, Ian East, Alan Gill, Lucy Gutteridge, Andrew Hawkins, Rose Hill, Roderick Horn, Lila Kaye, Teddy Kempner, Timothy Kightley, William Maxwell, John McEnery, David Lloyd Meredith, Sally Nesbitt, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Clyde Pollitt, Stephen Rashbrook, Christopher Ravenscroft, Roger Rees, Hubert Rees, Emily Richard, Mark Tandy, David Threlfall, Hilary Townley, Thelma Whiteley and John Woodvine, recreated their stage roles in the television miniseries. The 1982 Tony Award for Best Actor in Play was won by Roger Rees. Edward Petherbridge and David Threlfall were nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. See more »

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Excellent Show, but with reservations
5 October 2002 | by (Long Island, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

As much as I recommend this DVD set for the show itself, A&E Home Video should be taken to task for editing the original show (as it was first shown in the USA in January 1983) to fit into hour-long parts for their convenience. There are some scenes missing. One involves the 'gentleman next door's' appearance at Miss La Creevy's, another is the death of Walter Bray. I haven't fully examined the set to see what else might be missing, but those two scenes first come to mind. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful play, and to pass up on this would be a crime, despite the awful way A&E Home Video has provided it.


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