Bleak House: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (22 Jan. 2006)

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Half of London takes in interest in the long-running, complicated case of the inheritance of John Jarndyce Sr., a fortune disputed for generations in the Court of Chancery. The interests of... See full summary »



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Half of London takes in interest in the long-running, complicated case of the inheritance of John Jarndyce Sr., a fortune disputed for generations in the Court of Chancery. The interests of orphaned juvenile relatives Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, wards of the court, are handled by attorney Kenge, hired by wealthy philanthropist John Jarndyce Jr., who even hired companion Esther Summerson and welcomes them in his fine home. Meanwhile sinister Mr. Tulkinghorn defends the interests of old Sir Leicester Dedlock and his younger wife, who has a secret past with destitute copyist and decorated veteran 'Nemo'. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sir Leicester Dedlock: Is it still raining, my love?
Lady Dedlock: Yes my love. And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place. Bored to death with my life. Bored to death with myself.
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Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique': II. Adagio cantabile
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Bleak is the right name
25 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched the 15 episodes. The story is about an inheritance fight that has been going on for years. The original Will was not found so the case was in and out of Court

Mr John Jarndyce Sr who is dead has relatives waiting for their inheritance. Mr John Jarndyce Jr lets two of them live in his house with a companion while they come of age and the inheritance settled. Mr Jarndyce Jr is now guardian and very kind to all of them.

This series is full of bleak circumstances. Just when you think things are improving some other tragedy happens. It shows streets full of poor dirty people, homeless people, children with no parents, hard jobs, little food, sick kids and more.

Some of the characters are very honorable like Miss Summerset/Anna Maxwell Martin, Lady Dedlock/Gillian Anderson, John Jarndyce Jr/Denis Lawson Sgt George/Hugo Speer and more. Some are humorous like Mr Guppy and his mother. Mr Tulkinghorn, Inspector Bucket/Alun Armstrong, Harold Simpole/Nathanel Hawthorn, are detestable as Mr Smallweed/Phil Davis-a dirty hateful loud character.

The houses, the scenery, the characters and the drama are all very depressing and hardly any thing good in this series happens accept the acting which is good.

The last few minutes have of the last episode have some surprising moments.

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