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

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Good "Great Expectations"., 3 January 2012
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

The last BBC Dickens' dramatisation broke "Bleak House" down into half-hour soap-opera size elements for easy digestion and to sort of tie-in with the original publication of the story in instalments, but here the format reverted to the more traditional one-hour episodes shown over three consecutive nights.You pays your money and while I welcomed the 30 minute novelty was happy this time to sit for longer and take in the master's story over a shorter period.

There have been so many previous adaptations that any new production has to offer something different, particularly in the scenes meant to grab the viewer's attention, like Pip's first meeting with Magwich and his first visit to Miss Havisham's mausoleum of a house. Both are done very well, particularly Ray Winstone's Magwich rising from the depths of the marshland to confront the terrified youngster while the set-dressing for Satis House certainly conveys the requisite decay and obsolescence of the dwelling-place of its jilted, cold-hearted owner.

It's really only necessary to film the story here to succeed, so great is the narrative Dickens provides, with his adeptness at furnishing a circular story-line, where nothing and no-one is missed out in the resolution as everyone gets more or less their just desserts. Nevertheless the story-telling is enhanced with excellent performances by its big names, Winstone and Gillian Anderson (who was also in "Bleak House"), although the production is less starry than "Bleak House", with only David Suchet as the very correct Jaggers perhaps claiming marquee status. That said the rest of the cast are mostly excellent, playing their well-known characters with aplomb, particularly the portrayals of Pip's shrewish sister, redoubtable Joe Gargery and loyal Herbert Pocket. However I sensed some weakness in the casting of the adult Pip and Estella, the former not imposing enough (in fact I preferred the acting of the young Pip), the latter not glacial or even beautiful enough, but they don't fatally wing the story.

The cinematography is superb, utilising washed-out, almost monochromatic shots to suggest the bleakness of the Dartford Moors and the Thames at the conclusion, while the depiction of the London Gentleman's Clubs as well as the afore-mentioned Satis House are superbly realised. There are many memorable scenes, with Gillian Anderson's inevitable self-immolation perhaps staying longest in the memory. My only other carp would be the occasional "modern" vulgarisation of aspects of the story, for example Drummle's taking Pip to a brothel, as if this wonderful story needs "sexing-up" in some way, which of course it doesn't.

Nevertheless with the promise of a new version of "Edwin Drood" to come, this was a very good and occasionally memorable version of a classic story.

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