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The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.
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 (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
Natalie Ann Holt (3 episodes, 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
David Ackrill .... prop stand-by (3 episodes, 2011)
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: b camera (2 episodes, 2011)
Claire Louise Fraser .... camera trainee dailies (2 episodes, 2011)
Matt Pugh .... second assistant camera: b 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 Location Management
Patrick Burrows .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 2011)
Tom Howard .... location manager (1 episode, 2011-2012)
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)
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)

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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Harry Lloyd (Herbert Pocket) is the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, on whose 1861 novel this production is based.See more »
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Remade as Great Expectations (2012)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Expectations., 4 May 2012
Author: MadameGeorge from United States

While I have read 'Great Expectations' probably about three times in my life and am blown away every single time I do- I find that I have yet to find a film that captures the importance and reverence that the book generates. I understand that film is not suppose to replace the book- but interpret for the screen, it becomes troublesome when certain aspects are not done properly and therefor the story suffers- this occurs in books, just as is does in film. The BBC adaptation is not a disappointment, necessarily, but it lacks in certain areas that cannot be over looked.

I start with what was good- First, the scenery and cinematography was spot on, from the home of childhood Pip, to the streets of London, it was close to what I experience when I read the book. Miss Havisham's home was perfect. It was a ghost of a home, just as she represents a ghost of a woman. There was just enough creepiness and sorrow with a dash of destruction. It may seem silly, but the scene- is almost a character in film- there is a deep impact or lack that can come from how something is represented visually.

Everything from Pip's transformation from blacksmith to gentlemen was well done. Douglas Booth's (Pip) physical appearance did not change, but using clothes, there is a reality to his progression that is necessary to the story and was handled well. I am constantly blown away with regard to BBC Masterpiece Theaters ability to take me to a different place and time so masterfully and 'Expectation' was no different.

Second, Jillian Andreson's Miss Havisham was great. I thought she captured how love is a true destroyer well. When she was in any scene she was the center- she hold the audience with her use of voice and appearance. It was amazing. Shaun Dooley was also very good as Pip's uncle and teacher, Joe Gargery. I thought that he played the 'father figure' well and when he confronted Pip about his behavior and new life-he demanded attention to not only Pip's choices, but as the book captures so well, the deeper themes of social class struggles, family versus money and honesty all took center stage. His performance was a joy to watch. The minor characters, such as Able Magwitch (Ray Winstone), Herbert Pocket (Harry Lloyd) and Jaggers (David Suchet) were also very good and fit nicely into their individual roles.

The bad was really not all that bad for all intensive purposes, but I felt that a few things just brought down the film adaption.

Pip. Oh, Pip. Played by Douglas Booth, who is perfectly wonderful to look at was flat. I never felt the passion that he carried for Estella, which is suppose to be the center of the tale. At its foundation 'Expectations' is a story about love and desire, and I do not think that it was captured here. Since it was clear early on in this adaptation that Estella and Pip encompassed the main theme, it was on the shoulders of Booth to carry the film and he struggled. Perhaps he was too young of a choice to play Pip, while he is close to the actual age of Pip in the book, but he seemed to struggle with how to emphasize his desire, his call for greatness. Booth's performance was not terrible, but it was not great and that was what it needed to be.

The same problem occurred with the female lead, Vanassa Kirby, who played Estella. I understand that she is mean to be a destroyer of men, but she came off as if she was a robot. Seriously, there was nothing to her and that is NOT how she is suppose to be. Ugh, I just do not even want to think about it.

Overall, this adaption was not bad, but it failed where it mattered and left me skeptical of how many more Dicken's classics will be interpreted. Keep the cinematography guys, the music, the costume, the adult actors- but find young actor who can act- not just look the part, but be the beloved character.

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