A twelve-part BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens first novel. The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three other members of The Pickwick Club as they travel throughout the English countryside... See full summary »
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 Mr. Pickwick (12 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Tupman (12 episodes, 1985)
Alan Parnaby ...
 Mr. Snodgrass (12 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Winkle (12 episodes, 1985)
Ray Brooks ...
 Narrator (12 episodes, 1985)
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 Sam Weller (10 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Jingle (8 episodes, 1985)
Colin Douglas ...
 Mr. Wardle (7 episodes, 1985)
Milton Johns ...
 Mr. Perker (7 episodes, 1985)
Pip Donaghy ...
 Job Trotter (6 episodes, 1985)
Jo Kendall ...
 Mrs. Bardell (5 episodes, 1985)
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A twelve-part BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens first novel. The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three other members of The Pickwick Club as they travel throughout the English countryside by coach observing the phenomena of life and human nature, and recording their experiences for the other members of The Pickwick Club. Their memoirs of these experiences are the Pickwick Papers of the novel's title. During their travels Pickwick and Friends manage to land themselves in many humorous and sometimes hair-raising misadventures. The episodes are roughly thirty minutes' duration and are framed with a lively narration. Written by David Smith, Stephens City, VA

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Thoroughly enjoyable and skillful adaptation of a Dickens favourite.
11 August 2015 | by (Halifax Canada) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching the 12th and final episode of the BBC adaptation of Dickens' The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Much more of the plot could be included over the span of 6 hours than in the 1952 movie version of less than 2 hours. The only significant omissions were the extended interplay between the medical students Benjamin Allen and Bob Sawyer, the Bath episode, and the Reverend Mr. Stiggins' malign influence over Sam's step-mother. As already mentioned by one reviewer, Phil Daniels as Sam Weller and Patrick Malahide as Mr. Jingle are standout performances. I found Sam Weller as portrayed by Daniels particularly affecting - cheeky irreverence conjoined with solicitude and kindliness. The 1952 movie is also worth watching if only for its array of terrific British character actresses: Joyce Grenfell, Hermione Gingold, Athene Seyler and Hattie Jacques.


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