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Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.
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 Mr. Tremlow 3 episodes, 1998
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 Jenny Wren 3 episodes, 1998
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 Pleasant Riderhood 3 episodes, 1998
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 Police Inspector 3 episodes, 1998
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 Mr. Riah 3 episodes, 1998
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 Mr. Wilfer 3 episodes, 1998
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 George Radfoot 2 episodes, 1998
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 Mr. Dolls 2 episodes, 1998
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 Little Johnny 2 episodes, 1998
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 Reverend 2 episodes, 1998
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 Lavinia Wilfer 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 »

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John Rokesmith: She is so trivial. So capricious. So mercenary. And yet, she is so beautiful.
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Version of Our Mutual Friend (1976) See more »

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Performed by Kenneth Cranham
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Rich adaptation of classic Dickens
15 September 2006 | by 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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