The Old Curiosity Shop (1979)

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Series cast summary:
Natalie Ogle ...
 Little Nell (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Daniel Quilp (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Granville Saxton ...
 Dick Swiveller (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sebastian Shaw ...
 Grandfather (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Kit Nubbles (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Colin Jeavons ...
 Sampson Brass (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Wensley Pithey ...
 Single Gentleman (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Freda Dowie ...
 Sally Brass (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Laurence Hardy ...
 Mr. Witherden (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Keith Hazemore ...
 Abel Garland (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sandra Payne ...
 Mrs Quilp (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Patsy Byrne ...
 Mrs. Nubbles (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Simon Garstang ...
 Little Jacob (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Annabelle Lanyon ...
 Small Servant (4 episodes, 1980)
Brian Oulton ...
 The schoolmaster (4 episodes, 1980)
Donald Bisset ...
 Mr. Garland (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Margaret Courtenay ...
 Mrs. Jarley (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Freda Jackson ...
 Mrs. Jiniwin (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Anthony Pedley ...
 Codlin (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bernard Stone ...
 Short (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Bland ...
 Mr. Slum (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Hal Jeayes ...
 Cardplayer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Kearney ...
 Cardplayer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
James Marcus ...
 George (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Pauline Winter ...
 Mrs. Garland (2 episodes, 1979)
Patrick Carter ...
 Turnkey (2 episodes, 1980)
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Began filming with Patrick Troughton. When Troughton became indisposed following his heart attack, Trevor Peacock took over the role of Daniel Quilp. See more »

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Version of The Old Curiosity Shop (1913) See more »

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An oldie but goodie from the BBC
28 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the poor reviews here, I find this series holds up very well on a repeat viewing, I first saw it aged 12 on it's original broadcast. Now, as then, Trevor Peacock's Quilp was what kept me watching. Evil yet gleeful, drinking and smoking and quiping nastily at all within range.

The production's weakness are the story's really, which cannot be helped. It is hard to work up much sympathy for the weak-willed grandfather, but Nell is easy to root for, as is Dick Swiveller, whose scatterbrained asides and meanderings are very good fun.

It feels dark and dirty and oppressive, yet there is good in the world, and Dickens keeps you wondering which will emerge victorious. (Dis)honourable mention to Sampson Brass too, his snivelling obedience and toadying is very well done.


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