A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system
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 Esther Summerson (15 episodes, 2005)
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 John Jarndyce (15 episodes, 2005)
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 Ada Clare / ... (15 episodes, 2005)
Finn Morrell ...
 Street urchin (15 episodes, 2005)
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 Lady Dedlock (14 episodes, 2005)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Clamb (14 episodes, 2005)
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 Mr. Tulkinghorn (12 episodes, 2005)
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 Richard Carstone (12 episodes, 2005)
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 Sir Leicester Dedlock (12 episodes, 2005)
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 Guppy (11 episodes, 2005)
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 Sergeant George (10 episodes, 2005)
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 Miss Flite (10 episodes, 2005)
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 Smallweed (10 episodes, 2005)
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 Harold Skimpole (10 episodes, 2005)
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 Bucket (9 episodes, 2005)
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 Mrs. Rouncewell (9 episodes, 2005)
Lilo Baur ...
 Hortense (9 episodes, 2005)
Katie Angelou ...
 Charley Neckett (9 episodes, 2005)
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 Judy (8 episodes, 2005)
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 Phil Squod (8 episodes, 2005)
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 Rosa (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Jo (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Allan Woodcourt (7 episodes, 2005)
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 Caddy Turveydrop / ... (7 episodes, 2005)
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system

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22 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Casa desolada  »

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Lady Dedlock's green and white vertical-striped dress with white lace cuffs is the same costume worn by Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale in the final scenes of North & South (2004). See more »

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Mr. Tulkinghorn: [after the funeral of Mr Nemo] What do you know of this man?
Jo: I don't know nothing only that he was really good to me.
Mr. Tulkinghorn: Oh, and what good were you to him?
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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: Picture Perfect (2008) See more »

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Wonderful acting
19 November 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a great achievement by the BBC -- at last their costume dramas are back on track, with a great cast, all acting their socks off. It is invidious to pick some of them out, but Esther is particularly good (it is not easy to portray a young Dickensian heroine, as sickly sweetness always lurks at hand). Many have rightly praised Mr Guppy, too. Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock is maybe a bit too icy (frozen solid?), but that's what the role calls for, I suppose.

Another excellent feature is the period atmosphere. There is a richness here, running right through the production. The costumes and hair are also very convincing, unlike in some recent period dramas. Here the hair actually flops around as it should, and the costumes look like real clothes.

Some people hate the gimmicky camera work and 'whooshing' noises. These will make the production date. (They'll look ridiculous in a few years' time, I fear), but I didn't find them too distracting.

This must be the BBC's best since the 1995 Pride and Prejudice.


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