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Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House 

Bleak House (original title)
The great case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, an obsession to all involved. Then a question of inheritance becomes a question of murder.
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 Lady Honoria Dedlock (7 episodes, 1985)
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 John Jarndyce (7 episodes, 1985)
Suzanne Burden ...
 Esther Summerson (7 episodes, 1985)
Jonathan Moore ...
 William Guppy (7 episodes, 1985)
Chris Pitt ...
 Jo (6 episodes, 1985)
Robin Bailey ...
 Sir Leicester Dedlock (6 episodes, 1985)
Lucy Hornak ...
 Ada Clare (6 episodes, 1985)
Philip Franks ...
 Richard Carstone / ... (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Miss Flite (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Krook (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Snagsby (5 episodes, 1985)
Pamela Merrick ...
 Hortense (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Tulkinghorn (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Harold Skimpole (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Allan Woodcourt (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Lord Chancellor (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Judy Smallweed (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Smallweed (4 episodes, 1985)
Dave King ...
 Sergeant George (4 episodes, 1985)
Heather Tobias ...
 Jenny / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Frank Windsor ...
 Gridley (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Laurence Boythorn (3 episodes, 1985)
Felicity Finch ...
 Rosa (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Charley Neckett (3 episodes, 1985)
Harry Jones ...
 Phil Squod (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Guster (2 episodes, 1985)
Jack Carr ...
 Brickmaker / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
 Lizzy's Man / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Rouncewell (2 episodes, 1985)
Arthur Hewlett ...
 Waggoner (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Inspector Bucket (2 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Kemble ...
 Footman (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Housemaid (2 episodes, 1985)
Katharine Page ...
 Mrs. Smallweed (2 episodes, 1985)
Rebecca Sebborn ...
 Young Esther (2 episodes, 1985)
George Sewell ...
 Ironmaster Rouncewell (2 episodes, 1985)
James Snell ...
 Barrister (2 episodes, 1985)
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 'Nemo' (2 episodes, 1985)
Wanda Toubas ...
 Lizzy (2 episodes, 1985)
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The great case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, an obsession to all involved. Then a question of inheritance becomes a question of murder.

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Best adaptation of a classic novel
20 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This version of Bleak House is the best adaptation of a classic novel known to me. The representation of the court of Chancery as a 'character' in the drama is magnificent. The acting is marvellous, from the sinister Tulkinghorn, to the Dedlocks, Smallweed, Crooke, Miss Flyte, and the two young lovers. But it is the spider's web of chancery that holds the whole thing together, and the cinematography is superb. What mistake did the BBC make about copyright that meant that this version could not be seen in the UK on either video or DVD for many years? I tried to find out from them, but faced a stone wall. In the end I got a DVD copy from Canada.


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