Tulkinghorn inquires into the death of Nemo, whose handwriting was recognized by Lady Dedlock. Later, Gumpy expresses his feelings for Esther, to her discomfort. Finally, the wheels of justice at the...
Esther meets Dr. Woodcourt, who plans to be a ship surgeon. Lady Dedlock visits Jo concerning Nemo and later meets the Jarndyce wards. Charley is hired by Jarndyce, who later learns of the plans of ...
Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »
Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of The Three Gables, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone, and The ... See full summary »
Jane Austen's last novel provides the plot for this earlier Granada miniseries. Set in pre-Victorian England, this movie tells the story of Anne Elliot, who now having lost her "bloom" is ... See full summary »
Watching this series reminded me of how strongly Dickens has influenced
us. Bleak House doesn't have the fame of Great Expectations, Oliver
Twist or David Copperfield, but some of the characters and scenes have
entered our consciousness forever. Miss Flite and her birds, Mr.
Chadband and his wearisome speechifying ("It is the ray of rays, the
sun of suns... It is the light of Terewth."), Mr. Skimpole, who would
be a fascist if ever he could work up the energy: they are some of our
mental furniture. The camera-work is up to the challenge of bringing
the verbose story to life, just see the scene of Tulkinghorn's murder
with the Roman soldier painted on the ceiling pointing down at the
The BBC assembles its casts carefully. Denholm Elliott as Jarndyce and
Diana Rigg as Lady Dedlock are excellent, Peter Vaughan is a fine
Tulkinghorn, Charlie Drake repulsive as Smallweed, and T. P. McKenna
does Skimpole superbly. Suzanne Burden is appropriately self-effacing
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