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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 ...
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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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
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 Laurence Boythorn 3 episodes, 1985
Felicity Finch ...
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 Charley Neckett 3 episodes, 1985
Harry Jones ...
 Phil Squod 3 episodes, 1985
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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 ...
Cathy Murphy ...
 Housemaid 2 episodes, 1985
Katharine Page ...
 Mrs. Smallweed 2 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Sebborn ...
 Young Esther 2 episodes, 1985
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 Ironmaster Rouncewell 2 episodes, 1985
James Snell ...
 Barrister 2 episodes, 1985
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Wanda Toubas ...
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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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Very good adaptation

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 proceedings.

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 as Esther.


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