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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Mr. Wagstaff / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Fanny Squeers / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Janet Dale ...  Miss Knag / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Jane Downs ...  Mrs. Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Henrietta Petowker / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Mrs. Crummles / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  John Browdie / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Newman Noggs / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Nicholas Nickleby 4 episodes, 1982
Emily Richard ...  Kate Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Smike 4 episodes, 1982
Thelma Whiteley ...  Madame Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Ralph Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Vincent Crummles 3 episodes, 1982
Nicholas Gecks ...  Lord Frederick Verisopht 3 episodes, 1982
...  Mr. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
...  Madeline Bray / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Shirley King ...  Mrs. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
...  Croupier / ... 3 episodes, 1982
David Lloyd Meredith ...  Charles Cheeryble / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Hubert Rees ...  Mr. Curdle / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Sharon Bower ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Jeffery Dench ...  Arthur Gride / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Ian East ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Alan Gill ...  George / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Andrew Hawkins ...  Captain Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Rose Hill ...  Lady From Downstairs / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Roderick Horn ...  Dr. London / ... 2 episodes, 1982
...  Flunkey / ... 2 episodes, 1982
...  Benjamin / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Timothy Kightley ...  Col. Chowser / ... 2 episodes, 1982
...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Clyde Pollitt ...  Brooker / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Stephen Rashbrook ...  Alphonse / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Christopher Ravenscroft ...  Frank Cheeryble / ... 2 episodes, 1982
...  Bolder / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Hilary Townley ...  Hannah / ... 2 episodes, 1982
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Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a Yorkshire school to be cruel, and runs away with one of the students. Meanwhile, Kate is subjected to the unwanted attentions of Sir Mulberry Hawk, aided by her uncle. Nicholas and his new friend, Smike, begin their adventures and eventually set out to rescue Kate, with the usual Dickensian twists, turns and asides. Written by Kathy Li

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10 January 1983 (USA)  »

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(in four episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The original eight and a half hour Broadway production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby" by Charles Dickens and adapted by David Edgar opened at the Plymouth Theater (after two successful runs in London) on October 4, 1981, and ran for 49 performances. It was performed in its entirety at 1pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a tight one-hour meal break from 5-6pm between Parts One and Two. For those with day jobs, Thursday nights were just Part One, Friday nights were just Part Two, at 7pm. To cover the huge production cost of importing the show and cast, the tickets were a then unheard-of $100 for every seat (and worth every penny). It made theatrical history and won the 1982 Tony Award for the Best Play. Alun Armstrong, Suzanne Bertish, Sharon Bower, Janet Dale, Jeffery Dench, Ian East, Alan Gill, Lucy Gutteridge, Andrew Hawkins, Rose Hill, Roderick Horn, Lila Kaye, Teddy Kempner, Timothy Kightley, William Maxwell, John McEnery, David Lloyd Meredith, Sally Nesbitt, Bob Peck, Edward Petherbridge, Clyde Pollitt, Stephen Rashbrook, Christopher Ravenscroft, Roger Rees, Hubert Rees, Emily Richard, Mark Tandy, David Threlfall, Hilary Townley, Thelma Whiteley and John Woodvine, recreated their stage roles in the television miniseries. The 1982 Tony Award for Best Actor in Play was won by Roger Rees. Edward Petherbridge and David Threlfall were nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. See more »

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A Brilliant Adaptation
10 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

It took me a while to get started on this series. Perhaps because I had never watched a stage show captured for television. I expected it to be a series of exhausting conversations in a dismal setting that seldom changed. But, I was wrong on all accounts. The 'Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby' is a classic and outstanding show. Every character from Nicholas and Smike to Ralph and Crummles has done tremendous justice to their roles. The display of emotions, clarity of dialogs, and intensity of expressions are astonishing. I assume there must have been thirty to thirty-five actors in the show. The number of characters in the play is definitely higher. The dexterity with which actors have played multiple roles is phenomenal. Despite the limited resources and space constraints inherent in such shows, the setting changed swiftly and fittingly. Not once did I feel the dreariness of a stagnant location. The sound effects, from the knock of doors to Newman Noggs's snapping fingers, are very natural. This is a magnificent rendering of Dickens's novel and a must-watch. I suggest watching one part a day, because it gives sufficient break to chew over that episode, and absorb the performances in their entirety.


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