7.6/10
6,255
28 user 8 critic

Great Expectations 

The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.
Reviews
Popularity
2,549 ( 129)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2012  
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng
Great Expectations (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Justine Waddell, Charlotte Rampling
Bleak House (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan
David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Jones
Little Dorrit (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay
Emma (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Director: Graham McLaren
Stars: Jack Ellis, Christopher Ellison, Paula Wilcox
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
 Dolge Orlick 3 episodes, 2011
...
...
...
 Compeyson / ... 3 episodes, 2011
...
 Joe Gargery 3 episodes, 2011
...
...
...
 Pumblechook 3 episodes, 2011
...
 Herbert Pocket 2 episodes, 2011
...
...
...
 Bentley Drummle 2 episodes, 2011
Steve Lately ...
...
...
 Mrs. Joe 2 episodes, 2011
...
...
 Mrs. Brandley 2 episodes, 2011
Edit

Storyline

The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything can change in a heartbeat.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' Große Erwartungen  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Harry Lloyd (Herbert Pocket) is the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, on whose 1861 novel this production is based. See more »

Connections

Remade as Great Expectations (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrible miscasting - Ms Havisham is prettier than Estella
18 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Please don't watch this terribly miscast BBC version of the beloved tale. Just wait for the Ralph Fiennes version coming out soon. Or re watch the John Mills and Jean Simmons version which is near perfect.

Lots has been said about Gillian Anderson being too young and pretty to be Ms Havisham but she is actually alright quite ghostly and spooky. The problem is Vanessa Kirby as Estella she is just way too plain - like some ugly step sister of Cinderella. Even Ms Havisham is prettier than Estella!. Terrible miscasting. You could throw a stone and find a prettier English girl on any street in London. Really spoils the series.

Douglas Booth is too pretty and polished for Pip instead of being wide eyed and rough around the edges. He doesn't display enough emotion at the right parts. It's like the Beauty and the Beast with Estella the beast! Even the 2 kids as young Pip and Estella aren't cute.

There is a lack of romantic sweep and drama in this version. Also there are some crucial things they didn't show eg Pip trying to save Ms Havisham. Watching this version will ruin your image of the story. Just skip it.


7 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Katee Sackhoff talks about her characters on "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Wars: Rebels," and "The Flash." Plus, "The IMDb Show" learns what it takes to wield a lightsaber.

Watch the show