The Old Curiosity Shop (1979)

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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)
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 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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A Surgeon-General's Warning on Every Pack
15 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

I know for a fact that Sebastian Shaw and Trevor Peacock are capable of fine acting. However you won't find it here, from either of them or anyone else. William Trevor, who wrote the screen adaptation, is a fine novelist, poet and critic. But this is cringe-inducing.

It is about as awful a Dickens adaptation as one could imagine. The pace is slow, the acting obvious and one-dimensional. It's like watching Dickens for Marionettes.

I hope that's not because it comes from BBC Birmingham rather than London. I'm more inclined to think that the format, 9 30-minute episodes, suggests that this mini-series is meant for school use only. The show might be useful for scaring kids away from literature for the rest of their lives, if anyone had such a purpose.

Otherwise, stay away.


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