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


A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system

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Release Date:

22 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa desolada  »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


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 »


John Jarndyce: [Talking of Esther after she recovers from Small Pox] I blame my self.
Boythorn: You blame yourself for an act of kindness. No sir, the person to blame is the one who calls himself God. What deity is it that would inflict such an illness on an innocent girl?
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Featured in The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) See more »

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Early days but the signs are good
28 October 2005 | by (Rural Kent, UK) – See all my reviews

With just one episode broadcast, it's clearly possible that the BBC Drama Department may have it's second big success of 2005.

With an Andrew Davies script you know what you're getting, predictable, competent, unimaginative but faithful. Whether this series will go down with the classics or not will be down to the direction and the performances. And the signs are good. Very good.

Gillian Anderson fans looking in may miss her first scene, there is no trace of Scully whatsoever. People who've always suspected her of having more talent than she's had the opportunity to show are going to be saying "I told you so" to anyone who will listen for the next few months. She's that good. But Bleak House has the strongest cast we've seen in an adaptation since Brideshead. We've seen enough already to suggest that it's going to be full of gems And Anna Maxwell Martin, almost a TV débutante, may just be about to turn in one of the top central performances of recent times.

Set your videos and PVRs and don't miss a minute.

It'll be better than Rome.

(Update) We're halfway through and it's brilliant. Dickens can't write a shallow character so it needs a lavish cast to do him justice and that's what we have here. Gillian Anderson is brilliant, Charles Dance is memorable, Carey Mulligan, Pauline Collins and Johnny Vegas are outstanding, but Anna Maxwell Martin and Burn Gorman are just out of this world. I feel sorry for our American friends, impatient to get started but also jealous that they have the whole thing to look forward, to whereas we are now, sadly, over halfway through.

If you really can't wait, get the DVD of North & South (2004) and watch the adorable Anna twinkle in that.

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