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

Mortimer Lightwood: I'm horribly awake. Eugene I can't lose sight of that fellow's face.
Eugene Wrayburn: I can.
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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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Romantic, hilarious, complex, and a cheerful ending from Dickens!
30 December 1999 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

Filled with striking characters and cunning plot twists, this film keeps you on your toes. Two romance plotlines, a murder mystery, a number of stalkers and an inheritance all hang in the balance..who will survive, and who will be changed?

Steven MacKintosh gives a nuanced performance as John Rokesmith/John Harmond, a young man with a past he'd as soon forget and an uncertain future. Paul McGann is also wonderful as the Dickensian lawyer Eugene Rayburn, a bored young man whose life is changed forever when he meets Lizzie, the daughter of a man who finds bodies in the Thames, and when he confronts Bradley Headstone, the psychotic schoolmaster who is obsessed with Lizzie. Also of note are the actresses who played Lizzie and the money-obsessed Bella Wilfer, since so much of the story hinges on their believability. Was Dickens ever so much fun before?


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