The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Drama
8.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 366 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 2 critic

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 25 titles
created 31 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 18 Dec 2012
 
a list of 1001 titles
created 28 Oct 2013
 
a list of 221 titles
created 06 Jan 2014
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982– )

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982– ) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1982  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of a young boys life

Stars: Patience Collier, David Troughton, Ian Hogg
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Director: Douglas McGrath
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Christopher Plummer
Hard Times (TV Series 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates
A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stars: James Wilby, Xavier Deluc, Serena Gordon
Hard Times (TV Mini-Series 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stars: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Rosalie Crutchley
The Pickwick Papers (TV Series 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A twelve-part BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens first novel, The Pickwick Papers. The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three other members of The Pickwick Club as they travel throughout ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Stock, Clive Swift, Alan Parnaby
Oliver Twist (TV Mini-Series 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a storm, in a workhouse, to a nameless woman, young Oliver Twist is born into parish care where he's overworked and underfed. As he grows older his adventures take him from the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Rodska, Eric Porter, Lysette Anthony
Housewife, 49 (TV Movie 2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Victoria Wood, David Threlfall, Christopher Harper
Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini-Series 1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Martin Jarvis, Susan Brodrick, Hugh Walters
Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stars: Lesley Dunlop, John McEnery, Nicholas Jones
A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini-Series 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stars: Paul Shelley, Ralph Michael, Sally Osborne
David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A TV mini-series adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, following the life of young Copperfield as he grows up under the care of the cruel Murdstones, travels to London where he meets ... See full summary »

Stars: Colin Hurley, Brenda Bruce, Simon Callow
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Mr. Wagstaff / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 Fanny Squeers / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Janet Dale ...
 Miss Knag / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Jane Downs ...
 Mrs. Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Henrietta Petowker / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Lila Kaye ...
 Mrs. Crummles / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 Mr. Mantalini / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 John Browdie / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Edward Petherbridge ...
 Newman Noggs / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 Nicholas Nickleby (4 episodes, 1982)
Emily Richard ...
 Kate Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 Smike (4 episodes, 1982)
Thelma Whiteley ...
 Madame Mantalini / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
...
 Ralph Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Benjamin ...
 Mr. Vincent Crummles (3 episodes, 1982)
Nicholas Gecks ...
 Lord Frederick Verisopht (3 episodes, 1982)
...
 Mr. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
Lucy Gutteridge ...
 Madeline Bray / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Shirley King ...
 Mrs. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
...
 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)
Teddy Kempner ...
 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)
Mark Tandy ...
 Bolder / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Hilary Townley ...
 Hannah / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 January 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nicholas Nickleby  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(in four episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Brilliant Adaptation
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me a while to get started on this series. Perhaps because I had never watched a stage show captured for television. I expected it to be a series of exhausting conversations in a dismal setting that seldom changed. But, I was wrong on all accounts. The 'Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby' is a classic and outstanding show. Every character from Nicholas and Smike to Ralph and Crummles has done tremendous justice to their roles. The display of emotions, clarity of dialogs, and intensity of expressions are astonishing. I assume there must have been thirty to thirty-five actors in the show. The number of characters in the play is definitely higher. The dexterity with which actors have played multiple roles is phenomenal. Despite the limited resources and space constraints inherent in such shows, the setting changed swiftly and fittingly. Not once did I feel the dreariness of a stagnant location. The sound effects, from the knock of doors to Newman Noggs's snapping fingers, are very natural. This is a magnificent rendering of Dickens's novel and a must-watch. I suggest watching one part a day, because it gives sufficient break to chew over that episode, and absorb the performances in their entirety.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is the dvd transfer as bad as many have said? Celebrianna
Just watched this again for the first time in 20 years sooziewoozy
Starting this board nihilistwonder
question about lord frederick ingemann2000

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?