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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
27 October 2005 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 30 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Dickens adaptation See more (71 total) »

Cast

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Anna Maxwell Martin ... Esther Summerson (15 episodes, 2005)

Denis Lawson ... John Jarndyce (15 episodes, 2005)

Carey Mulligan ... Ada Clare / ... (15 episodes, 2005)
Finn Morrell ... Street urchin (15 episodes, 2005)

Gillian Anderson ... Lady Dedlock / ... (14 episodes, 2005)
Tom Georgeson ... Clamb (14 episodes, 2005)

Charles Dance ... Mr. Tulkinghorn (12 episodes, 2005)

Patrick Kennedy ... Richard Carstone (12 episodes, 2005)

Timothy West ... Sir Leicester Dedlock (12 episodes, 2005)

Burn Gorman ... Guppy (11 episodes, 2005)

Hugo Speer ... Sergeant George (10 episodes, 2005)

Pauline Collins ... Miss Flite (10 episodes, 2005)

Philip Davis ... Smallweed (10 episodes, 2005)

Nathaniel Parker ... Harold Skimpole (10 episodes, 2005)

Alun Armstrong ... Bucket (9 episodes, 2005)

Anne Reid ... Mrs. Rouncewell (9 episodes, 2005)
Lilo Baur ... Hortense (9 episodes, 2005)
Katie Angelou ... Charley Neckett (9 episodes, 2005)

Louise Brealey ... Judy (8 episodes, 2005)

Michael Smiley ... Phil Squod (8 episodes, 2005)

Emma Williams ... Rosa (7 episodes, 2005)

Harry Eden ... Jo (7 episodes, 2005)
Richard Harrington ... Allan Woodcourt (7 episodes, 2005)

Natalie Press ... Caddy Turveydrop / ... (7 episodes, 2005)
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Series Directed by
Justin Chadwick (8 episodes, 2005)
Susanna White (7 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Andrew Davies (15 episodes, 2005)
Charles Dickens (15 episodes, 2005)

Series Produced by
Alison Barnett .... line producer (15 episodes, 2005)
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH (15 episodes, 2005)
Laura Mackie .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2005)
Nigel Stafford-Clark .... producer (15 episodes, 2005)
Sally Haynes .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Original Music by
John Lunn (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kieran McGuigan (9 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jason Krasucki (8 episodes, 2005)
Paul Knight (7 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting by
Kate Rhodes James (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Simon Elliott (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Andrea Galer (3 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Makeup Department
Beverley Binda .... crowd hair supervisor / crowd makeup supervisor / ... (15 episodes, 2005)
Daniel Phillips .... makeup & wig designer / hair designer / ... (15 episodes, 2005)
Christina Webster .... daily hair stylist / daily makeup artist (7 episodes, 2005)

Joe Hopker .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Sandrine Mugglestone .... makeup trainee (unknown episodes)
Tapio Salmi .... key hair stylist / key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Beewan Athwal .... post-production supervisor (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nige Watson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)

Paul Bennett .... additional third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Ben Howard .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Carley Lane .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Harriet Worth .... third assistant director: crowd (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Alex Abelman .... carpenter (15 episodes, 2005)
Harry Cable .... stand-by props (15 episodes, 2005)
Charlie Lynam .... art department assistant (15 episodes, 2005)
Suzanne Austin .... stand-by art director (10 episodes, 2005)
Peter Hallam .... property master (10 episodes, 2005)
Dan Crandon .... construction manager (3 episodes, 2005)

Sarah Duncan .... assistant buyer (unknown episodes)
Annie Gilhooly .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Oli van der Vijver .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Stephen Griffiths .... supervising sound editor (15 episodes, 2005)
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer (15 episodes, 2005)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (15 episodes, 2005)
Mike Reardon .... boom operator (14 episodes, 2005)
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor (14 episodes, 2005)
Chris Ashworth .... production sound mixer / sound recordist (11 episodes, 2005)
Sandy MacRae .... production sound mixer / sound recordist (7 episodes, 2005)
Esther Asiedu-Ofei .... sound trainee (2 episodes, 2005)

Blair Jollands .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bernard Newton .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Scott Peters .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Rob Tucker .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... title designer / visual effects artist (15 episodes, 2005)

Richard Comline .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Oliver Money .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Richard Bonehill .... fencing master (1 episode, 2005)
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2005)
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2005)
William Hobbs .... fencing master (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Clayton .... gaffer (15 episodes, 2005)
Andreas Pepe .... assistant camera (15 episodes, 2005)
Barry Read .... grip (15 episodes, 2005)
Ian Adrian .... camera operator (11 episodes, 2005)
Nicky George .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 2005)
Brian Greenway .... camera trainee (5 episodes, 2005)
Paul Donachie .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)

Ciro Candia .... additional focus puller (unknown episodes)
Russell Ferguson .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Peter Field .... camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Tash Gamper .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Leal Ignatius .... camera trainee (unknown episodes)
Rory Moles .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Derrick Peters .... additional focus puller (unknown episodes)
Barney Piercy .... daily focus puller (unknown episodes)
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Peter Anderson .... animation director: opening titles (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting Department
Andy Morgan .... casting assistant (15 episodes, 2005)
Kate Rhodes James .... casting (15 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Collins .... costume assistant (15 episodes, 2005)
Jason Gill .... crowd costume assistant (9 episodes, 2005)

Sally Crees .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jim Hampton .... assembly editor (9 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer (15 episodes, 2005)
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator (15 episodes, 2005)

Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Peter Anderson .... title designer (15 episodes, 2005)
Helen Chapman .... utility stand-in (15 episodes, 2005)
Neil Hodge .... head chef (15 episodes, 2005)
Alex Chapman .... assistant post-production accountant (14 episodes, 2005)
Nick Marshall .... location manager (10 episodes, 2005)
Caroline Skinner .... script editor (10 episodes, 2005)
Synnove Godeseth .... location trainee: FT2 (6 episodes, 2005)
Jon Baker .... armorer (3 episodes, 2005)

Richard Bonehill .... sword master (unknown episodes)
Kate Brontë-Stewart .... runner / stand-in (unknown episodes)
Irene Chawko .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Polly Fletcher .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Clare Glass .... additional floor runner (unknown episodes)
Dani Gordon .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Paul Harris .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Clare Jones .... assistant coordinator (unknown episodes)
Charlie Reed .... daily floor runner (unknown episodes)
Megan Roberts .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Marie Sayej .... trainee accounts assistant (unknown episodes)
Nick Tanner .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
510 min | 60 min (1 episode) | 30 min (14 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-11 (DVD) (2006) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line, to his grand-daughter]
Smallweed:Shake me up, Judy!
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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Dickens adaptation, 18 November 2005
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Half-way through this version of Charles Dickens' weighty novel seems a good time to comment on it. The BBC have taken the view that, as Bleak House was originally presented to its reading public in short magazine instalments, it is a good idea to present it in half-hour segments twice a week in the soap opera tradition.

Andrew Davies, who has adapted other books before such as Pride and Prejudice and House of Cards, has done an excellent job here - tweaking and inventing as you must to make television drama work, but without losing the context of the piece.

Despite the jarring camera work and bitty scenes, there are some outstanding performances here - Charles Dance as the scheming lawyer Tulkinghorn; Denis Lawson as John Jarndyce, attracted to his ward Esther despite having paid for her upkeep since she was a child; Pauline Collins as Miss Flyte, ever twittering on alongside her caged birds about 'the day of judgement'; Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock, who tries to hide her mysterious secret; Johnny Vegas, who fits the character of drunken landlord Krook like a glove; and many others.

There are also witty and perceptive cameos from the likes of Richard Griffiths, Matthew Kelly, and Ian Richardson.

I would have preferred to see hour-long episodes but that is only a small quibble (the other would be the invention of a character - Clamb - who seems to serve no useful purpose). This is an inventive and excellent adaptation; not replacing the classic 1980s version, perhaps, but a worthy companion to it.

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