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Charles Dickens' classic story about an orphan who becomes a gentleman.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 27)
Gerry Sundquist ... Pip (13 episodes, 1981)
Tim Munro ... Herbert Pocket (9 episodes, 1981)
Derek Francis ... Mr. Jaggers (8 episodes, 1981)

Colin Jeavons ... Wemmick (8 episodes, 1981)
Stratford Johns ... Abel Magwitch (7 episodes, 1981)
Phillip Joseph ... Joe Gargery (7 episodes, 1981)
Linal Haft ... Orlick (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Whitbread ... Compeyson (6 episodes, 1981)

Series Directed by
Julian Amyes (13 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
Charles Dickens (13 episodes, 1981)
James Andrew Hall (13 episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Barry Letts .... producer (13 episodes, 1981)
Series Original Music by
Paul Reade (12 episodes, 1981)
Series Film Editing by
Oliver White (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Design by
Michael Edwards (12 episodes, 1981)
Series Costume Design by
Ann Arnold (5 episodes, 1981)
Series Makeup Department
Gwen Arthy .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1981)
Series Production Management
Ann Aronsohn .... production manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Art Department
David Ackrill .... daily dressing prop (13 episodes, 1981)
Leslie Hope-Stone .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Sound Department
Ramon Bailey .... sound: studio / sound (4 episodes, 1981)
John Gilbert .... film recordist (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Visual Effects by
John Horton .... visual effects designer / visual effects (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Stunts
Frank Henson .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Booth .... studio lighting / lighting technician (5 episodes, 1981)
Bob Chaplin .... studio lighting / lighting technician (5 episodes, 1981)
John Kenway .... film cameraman / film camera (4 episodes, 1981)
Bob Hubbard .... senior cameraman (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Casting Department
Jenny Jenkins .... casting advisor (3 episodes, 1981)
Series Editorial Department
Ian Collins .... videotape editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Roger Sutton .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1981)
Mark Kershaw .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Other crew
Terrance Dicks .... script editor (12 episodes, 1981)
Denis Curran .... production associate (3 episodes, 1981)
Sue Hedden .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1981)
Janet Wray .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1981)

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Additional Details

USA:30 min | UK:30 min (12 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Tim Munro played Herbert Pocket in this production and his grandfather, Ivor Barnard, played Wemmick in the David Lean film.See more »
Miscellaneous: Two episodes, "Great Expectations: Episode Two: Part 1 (#1.2)" (1981) and "Great Expectations: Episode Two: Part 2 (#1.3)" (1981), were both captioned "Episode Two" in the opening titles.See more »
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Version of The Boy and the Convict. (1909)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Whole Story, 28 June 2009
Author: pninson from Seattle, Washington

This is the first adaptation of "Great Expectations" that covers the entire book. Over 12 30-minute episodes, Dickens' novel is faithfully transferred to the screen.

The only downside to this is that the novel does ramble a bit in places and therefore, so does this series. There are a few superfluous characters and sub-plots, so it's a little slow and talky in places. On the other hand, you do get the richness of detail that is missing from theatrical productions and some of the other television versions.

The best thing about this production is that Estella is portrayed perfectly. Both Patsy Kensit, who plays the young Estella, and Sarah-Jane Varley, who plays the adult part, portray her exactly as I pictured her when I read the novel all those years ago. It's not so much a matter of how the actresses look, but how the part is written and how the roles are performed.

Joan Hickson's Miss Havisham is definitive.

I'd recommend this highly to any fan of the novel. It's long, but it's well worth it to have the whole story rather than a condensed version.

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