Our Mutual Friend (1998)

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Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

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Series cast summary:
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 Eugene Wrayburn (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mortimer Lightwood (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Rogue Riderhood (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Bella Wilfer / ... (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Boffin (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mrs. Boffin (4 episodes, 1998)
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 John Harmon / ... (4 episodes, 1998)
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 First Guest (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Second Guest (4 episodes, 1998)
John Dallimore ...
 Third Guest (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Lizzie Hexam (4 episodes, 1998)
Peter Howell ...
 Fourth Guest (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Veneering (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Alfred Lammle (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Sophronia Lammle (4 episodes, 1998)
Ray Gardner ...
 Fifth Guest (4 episodes, 1998)
Rose English ...
 Mrs. Veneering (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Lady Tippins (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Silas Wegg (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Venus (4 episodes, 1998)
Paul Bailey ...
 Charley Hexam (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Bradley Headstone (3 episodes, 1998)
Robert Lang ...
 Mr. Tremlow (3 episodes, 1998)
Katy Murphy ...
 Jenny Wren (3 episodes, 1998)
Rachel Power ...
 Pleasant Riderhood (3 episodes, 1998)
Roger Frost ...
 Police Inspector (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Sloppy (3 episodes, 1998)
Cyril Shaps ...
 Mr. Riah (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Mr. Wilfer (3 episodes, 1998)
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 Gaffer Hexam (2 episodes, 1998)
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 Abby Potterson (2 episodes, 1998)
Richard Hanson ...
 George Radfoot (2 episodes, 1998)
Eddie Webber ...
 First Pub Regular (2 episodes, 1998)
Alan Talbot ...
 Second Pub Regular (2 episodes, 1998)
Willie Ross ...
 Mr. Dolls (2 episodes, 1998)
Edna Doré ...
 Betty Higden (2 episodes, 1998)
Bertie Shelley ...
 Little Johnny (2 episodes, 1998)
Richard Stirling ...
 Reverend (2 episodes, 1998)
Heather Tobias ...
 Mrs. Wilfer (2 episodes, 1998)
Catriona Yuill ...
 Lavinia Wilfer (2 episodes, 1998)
Vanessa Hadaway ...
 Lammle's Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1998)
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The tongues of London high society gossips begin to wag when John Harmon --a young man whose inheritance depended on his marrying a woman he had never met-- is found dead in the River Thames. The fortune passes into the hands of the working-class Boffins, who take into their new home both Bella Wilfer (Harmon's would-be bride), and a mysterious secretary known as Rokesmith. Meanwhile, Lizzie Hexam, the daughter of the boatman suspected of Harmon's murder, is pursued by two suitors: obsessive and self-righteous Bradley Headstone and roguish and lethargic Eugene Wrayburn. An expansive and varied cast of characters create an epic intertwining tale. Written by L. Hamre

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Love in a city where class governs all

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When Lizzie is adjusting Eugene's position on the boat, a hand can clearly be seen momentarily keeping the boat steady. It then lets go of the boat and can be seen in the water. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Venus: Mr. Wegg, if you was brought here loose in a bag to be articulated, I could name your smallest bones blindfold, and sort them all in a manner that would surprise, and charm you.
Silas Wegg: Now that ain't a state to be brought low about.
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Remake of Vor fælles Ven (1921) See more »

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Begone Dull Care
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Performed by Kenneth Cranham
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Rich adaptation of classic Dickens
15 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fine adaptation of a powerful Dickens novel, full of the frustrating spectrum of strengths and weakness inherent in every Dickens story; from the powerful rage he expresses in documenting social injustice, to his goody-two-shoes pedestal-bound heroines. It's about class, love, the river, London, and it's full of great scenes and haunting visuals: witness a tormented Bradley Headstone stalking Eugene Wrayburn through the streets of the City at night. The length of the series does the work justice; the casting is outstanding – expect no less from any good BBC adaptation. The always excellent, underrated Stephen Mackintosh brings complexity and delicacy to his John Rokesmith; Paul McGann gets the best lines; and the entire cast brings the writing to life in a good-looking production - who cares if perhaps it all looks just a tad better than it should. A staple in my DVD collection, highly recommended.


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