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6 January 1985 (UK) See more »
A twelve-part BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens first novel. The story follows Samuel Pickwick and three... See more »
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Nigel Stock ... Mr. Pickwick (12 episodes, 1985)

Clive Swift ... Mr. Tupman (12 episodes, 1985)
Alan Parnaby ... Mr. Snodgrass (12 episodes, 1985)
Jeremy Nicholas ... Mr. Winkle (12 episodes, 1985)
Ray Brooks ... Narrator (12 episodes, 1985)

Phil Daniels ... Sam Weller (10 episodes, 1985)

Patrick Malahide ... 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)

Series Directed by
Brian Lighthill (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Writing credits
Jack Davies (12 episodes, 1985)
Charles Dickens (12 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
Barry Letts .... producer (9 episodes, 1985)
Series Original Music by
Carl Davis (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Design by
Myles Lang (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Costume Design by
Sue Peck (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Gill Hughes .... makeup designer (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Art Department
David Ackrill .... dressing props (12 episodes, 1985)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Bentley .... lighting director: outside broadcast (4 episodes, 1985)
Bob Chaplin .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Other crew
Terrance Dicks .... script editor (12 episodes, 1985)
Tracy Lane-Chapman .... runner (5 episodes, 1985)
Mary McKernan .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1985)

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37 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Dickens' Early Classic Given The BBC Family Serial Treatment, 5 April 2004
Author: tom-cotterill from Bearwood, England

Although considered lightweight when compared to later works, this (to date) most recent adaptation of Dickens' first major work is still a delight.

Nigel Stock was born to play this role after decades of creditable character parts and a short-lived lead as Owen M.D. a spin-off from the BBC soap opera, The Newcomers (1967-1971). Another notable performance is from Patrick Malahide as Mr Jingle.

At the time it was a revelation, as Malahide was then principally known for his role of Chisholm in the Euston Films series Minder. Almost stealing the show from both Stock & Malahide however is Phil Daniels as Sam Weller, unsuprising as Weller is one of the stand out characters in Dickens' novel. Daniels however manages, to give his portrayal an added flourish, proving that he was more talented than his roles to that date had revealed. Jack Davies' adaptation is creditable, as is the direction from Brian Lighthill, although the original broadcast format of twelve 30 minute episodes diminished the impact on audiences. I would have preferred less episodes of longer duration. The BBC Video presentation released in the late 80's edited all but the opening & final titles (plus the excellent narration from Ray Brooks), reducing the running time to 5 hours.

To date, this remains the best adaptation and deserves a DVD release, hopefully with all Ray Brooks' narration restored.

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