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Plot:
The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast [18])

Douglas Booth ... Pip (3 episodes, 2011)

Jack Roth ... Dolge Orlick (3 episodes, 2011)

Ray Winstone ... Abel Magwitch (3 episodes, 2011)

David Suchet ... Jaggers (3 episodes, 2011)

Paul Rhys ... Compeyson / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

Shaun Dooley ... Joe Gargery (3 episodes, 2011)

Gillian Anderson ... Miss Havisham (3 episodes, 2011)

Vanessa Kirby ... Estella (3 episodes, 2011)

Mark Addy ... Pumblechook (3 episodes, 2011)

Harry Lloyd ... Herbert Pocket (2 episodes, 2011)

Mary Roscoe ... Hannah (2 episodes, 2011)

Paul Ritter ... Wemmick (2 episodes, 2011)

Tom Burke ... Bentley Drummle (2 episodes, 2011)
Steve Lately ... Mike (2 episodes, 2011)

Susan Lynch ... Molly (2 episodes, 2011)

Claire Rushbrook ... Mrs. Joe (2 episodes, 2011)

Perdita Weeks ... Clara (2 episodes, 2011)

Frances Barber ... Mrs. Brandley (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Brian Kirk (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Writing credits
Charles Dickens (3 episodes, 2011)
Sarah Phelps (3 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: Masterpiece (3 episodes, 2011)
Michas Kotz .... line producer (3 episodes, 2011)
George Ormond .... producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Anne Pivcevic .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Original Music by
Martin Phipps (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Cinematography by
Florian Hoffmeister (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Guy Bensley (2 episodes, 2011)
Victoria Boydell (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting by
Maggie Lunn (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Design by
David Roger (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Art Direction by
Paul Ghirardani (3 episodes, 2011)
Kat Law (1 episode, 2011-2012)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jo Kornstein (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume Design by
Annie Symons (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Makeup Department
Nicky Lissner .... assistant makeup artist (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Adele Firth .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (3 episodes, 2011)
Luca Saccuman .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 2011)
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup designer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Curry .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
Malcolm Davies .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
Tussy Facchin .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Department
Bruce Barnes .... site supervisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Kristina Bookall .... art department assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Alison Cardy .... production buyer (3 episodes, 2011)
Dan Crandon .... construction manager (3 episodes, 2011)
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Jake Lunt .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Steve Patterson .... carpenter (3 episodes, 2011)
Matilda Wainwright .... stand-by art director (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Philip Clements .... foley editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Richard Dyer .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Paul Hamblin .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2011)
Stefan Henrix .... sound effects editor / effects editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Bradley Kendrick .... sound maintenance (3 episodes, 2011)
Forbes Noonan .... adr recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Duncan Price .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Skelding .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Catherine Thomas .... foley recordist / foley recordist/editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Juraj Mravec .... adr recordist / foley editor (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Special Effects by
Andy Adam .... special effects technician (1 episode, 2011)
James Bainger .... special effects technician (1 episode, 2011)
Colin Gorry .... special effects supervisor (1 episode, 2011)
Casper Lailey .... senior special effects technician (1 episode, 2011)
Jonathan Wilson .... special effects technician (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... visual effects producer / visual effects producer: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Henry Badgett .... vfx supervisor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Angela Barson .... visual effects supervisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Stuart Bullen .... digital compositor: Blue-Bolt / compositor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Catarina Ferreira .... roto/prep artist: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Varun Hadkar .... compositor: BlueBolt / digital compositor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Luka Leskovsek .... compositor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Chris Mortimer .... consultant vfx producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Andrea Pirisi .... vfx editor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Simon Rowe .... compositor: Bluebolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Fani Vassiadi .... compositor: BlueBolt (3 episodes, 2011)
Markus Kuha .... compositor: BlueBolt (2 episodes, 2011)
Nikolett Papp .... compositor: BlueBolt (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rupert Hornstein .... focus puller (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Dan Fontaine .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Chris Hayden .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Seán McDermott .... digital imaging technician (3 episodes, 2011)
Brett Parnham .... electrician (3 episodes, 2011)
Luke Stone .... assistant grip / b camera grip (3 episodes, 2011)
Jason Wells .... electrician (3 episodes, 2011)
Eva Arnold .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2011)
Claire Louise Fraser .... camera trainee dailies (2 episodes, 2011)
Matt Pugh .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting Department
Vicki Thomson .... casting assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Duckett .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Carlos Fontanarrosa .... set costumer (3 episodes, 2011)
Oliver Garcia .... assistant costume designer (3 episodes, 2011)
Claire Hardaker .... wardrobe mistress (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Editorial Department
Adam Eddy .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Jake Jackson .... score mixer (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Transportation Department
Bohdan Stoklasa .... transportation captain (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Other crew
Trevor Bagge .... accounts cashier (3 episodes, 2011)
Nic Benns .... title designer (3 episodes, 2011)
Matt Bensley .... floor runner (3 episodes, 2011)
Tom Bromwich .... titles producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Patrick Burrows .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 2011)
Noel Butler .... etiquette advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach (3 episodes, 2011)
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst .... historical advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Louisa French Greenslade .... assistant co-ordinator (3 episodes, 2011)
Colin Giles .... location security (3 episodes, 2011)
Paul Harris .... choreographer (3 episodes, 2011)
Robert Hitchener .... forge advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Neil Jones .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2011)
Duncan Laing .... unit manager (3 episodes, 2011)
Mark Martin .... production runner (3 episodes, 2011)
Tina Pisano .... assistant accountant (3 episodes, 2011)
Siggy Stone .... floor runner: dailies (2 episodes, 2011)
Tom Howard .... location manager (1 episode, 2011-2012)

Hollie Foster .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2012)
Sylvia Parker .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 2012)
 

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60 min (3 episodes)
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Trivia:
Over 80 tonnes of dirt, weeds and creepers were used to transform Holdenby House in Northamptonshire into Miss Havisham's decaying manor Satis House.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Great Expectations (2012)See more »

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Not so Great, 3 January 2012
Author: toxina90 from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

I don't want to go into too much detail or else it will be thoroughly spoiled. I anticipated this adaptation for months, being a great Dickens fan, especially after the BBC's magnificent adaptation of Bleak House.

Similar problems always arise in these adaptations, both suffered from an absence of some key characters (although the latter had more episodes, and didn't suffer as a result) so here as a result the character development is not as it should have been.

I was impressed however by how much of the plot they fit into just 3 episodes over Christmas, and the pace was terrific. There were flaws in the script, where Bleak House took plenty of quotes from the novel, this didn't and therefore doesn't feel as fleshy or ultimately, Dickensian. Why change the best form?

I commend the cinematographers. One really felt the setting as it was written. Now onto the major successes and faults; casting.

Douglas Booth as the protagonist tried but came off as a bit too wooden. He also looked far too attractive (which of course is not an insult) but it didn't really work.

It is nice to see Claire Rushbrook again. Not seen her since Secrets & Lies. She was very convincing as Mrs Joe. Shaun Dooley was excellent as Joe Gargery, as were Harry Lloyd as Herbert Pocket, Jack Roth as Orlick, David Suchet as Jaggers and Ray Winstone definitely brought great life and humanity to the dreaded Magwitch.

My hat though must go off to Gillian Anderson, although many have thought her wrong for the part, let me explain why she was so good and right for the role.

Although Miss Havisham has been typically played as elderly, and her age is never specified really in the book, she was almost married as a teenager, and the time passing would place her in her forties, to early fifties. This makes Anderson, if anything, TOO YOUNG for the role, and the original "best" Martita Hunt, was only some years older. Of course she has been aged by her style of existence. Anderson did look more worn and ethereal as the series progressed. People also seemed to have a problem with her voice.

I see the childish voice as her being trapped in her 18 year old self, which presumably is the age she was jilted, so like the rest of the house, time stopped at that point, which is why she had a similar childish outburst when her relatives visited. I think Anderson's performance therefore is rather genius. One can really feel the angst, anger, regret she feels. I would have preferred a more dramatic apology to Pip in the end, but I suppose it was more subtle. Anderson again impresses in a Dickensian role, showing something completely different to her outstanding portrayal of Lady Dedlock.

It is her impressive work which for me gives this a 7 over 6. Oh and the intro sequence was quite beautiful. Slightly disappointing but overall an engaging adaptation, with a brave effort by Anderson which should really be recognised by BAFTA.

Dooley, Roth, Winstone and Lloyd should all create some buzz too.

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