Little Dorrit (2008)

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 Amy Dorrit (14 episodes, 2008)
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 Arthur Clennam (14 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Dorrit (14 episodes, 2008)
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 Fanny Dorrit / ... (13 episodes, 2008)
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 Flintwinch / ... (12 episodes, 2008)
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 Mrs. Clennam (12 episodes, 2008)
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 Pancks (11 episodes, 2008)
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 Rigaud (11 episodes, 2008)
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 Mrs. Plornish (10 episodes, 2008)
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 John Chivery (10 episodes, 2008)
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 Cavalletto (10 episodes, 2008)
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 Mrs. Merdle (10 episodes, 2008)
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 Edmund Sparkler / ... (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Frederick Dorrit (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Pet Gowan / ... (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Chivery (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Henry Gowan (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Meagles (9 episodes, 2008)
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 Tattycoram (8 episodes, 2008)
Zubin Varla ...
 Daniel Doyce (8 episodes, 2008)
Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Meagles (8 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Merdle (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Scary Butler (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Maggy (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Tip Dorrit (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Affery / ... (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Miss Wade (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Flora Finching (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Mrs. General (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Plornish (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. F's Aunt (6 episodes, 2008)
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked. Written by Anonymous

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The black velvet striped day dress worn by an extra in a London street scene is the same costume Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wears at Netherfield Hall in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Lindsay Duncan (Lady Catherine) wears at Longbourn in Lost in Austen (2008). The same costume is also worn by Janine Duvitski (Mrs. Bute Crawley) when Becky and Rawdon return to Queen's Crawley in Vanity Fair (1998). See more »

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Evocative picturisation, stellar cast, excellent performances - BBC at its best!
12 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

This BBC adaptation of the Dickens novel has enthralled me from the very beginning, mainly because of the outstanding quality of its performances. Every single character, even minor ones like the insufferably haughty Merdle butler or the paranoid Italian (perhaps with the exception of Maggy who's perfectly manicured fingernails in one close-up blew her otherwise worthy portrayal), has been ideally cast and all the actors are absolutely convincing in their delivery.

What made me write this comment, though, was Tom Courtenay's heart-wrenching performance as Mr. Dorrit for which I hope he will receive all the accolades he deserves. His multifaceted Dorrit awed me until the very end and will resonate with me for a long time.

What I particularly liked about the series was how we got more than a glimpse of all the characters' 'little lives', people going about their respective businesses, revolving in their little worlds. Even if a scene only touched on a certain character, setting, costumes, and dialogue provided ample information for the viewer to evoke the full picture of this character's life and to imagine how they would go on after the camera had panned away to continue with the main story.

On top of that, the great care put into the selection of costumes and locations made Little Dorrit a real feast for the eye, perfectly accompanied by the wonderful score by John Lunn.

May this be a 'true Dickens' or not, what it surely is, is Grand TV. And as such, it adds another sparkling jewel to my cherished collection of BBC adaptations.


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