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Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House 

Bleak House (original title)
The great case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, an obsession to all involved. Then a question of inheritance becomes a question of murder.
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Series cast summary:
Diana Rigg ...  Lady Honoria Dedlock 7 episodes, 1985
Denholm Elliott ...  John Jarndyce 7 episodes, 1985
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ...  Esther Summerson 7 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Moore Jonathan Moore ...  William Guppy 7 episodes, 1985
Chris Pitt Chris Pitt ...  Jo 6 episodes, 1985
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ...  Sir Leicester Dedlock 6 episodes, 1985
Lucy Hornak Lucy Hornak ...  Ada Clare 6 episodes, 1985
Philip Franks Philip Franks ...  Richard Carstone / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Sylvia Coleridge ...  Miss Flite 5 episodes, 1985
Bernard Hepton ...  Krook 5 episodes, 1985
Sam Kelly ...  Snagsby 5 episodes, 1985
Pamela Merrick Pamela Merrick ...  Hortense 5 episodes, 1985
Peter Vaughan ...  Tulkinghorn 5 episodes, 1985
T.P. McKenna ...  Harold Skimpole 4 episodes, 1985
Brian Deacon ...  Allan Woodcourt 4 episodes, 1985
Graham Crowden ...  Lord Chancellor 4 episodes, 1985
Eileen Davies ...  Judy Smallweed 4 episodes, 1985
Charlie Drake ...  Smallweed 4 episodes, 1985
Dave King ...  Sergeant George 4 episodes, 1985
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ...  Jenny / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Frank Windsor ...  Gridley 4 episodes, 1985
Robert Urquhart ...  Laurence Boythorn 3 episodes, 1985
Felicity Finch Felicity Finch ...  Rosa 3 episodes, 1985
Samantha Holland ...  Charley Neckett 3 episodes, 1985
Harry Jones Harry Jones ...  Phil Squod 3 episodes, 1985
Kathy Burke ...  Guster 2 episodes, 1985
Jack Carr Jack Carr ...  Brickmaker / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ...  Lizzy's Man / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Gabrielle Daye ...  Mrs. Rouncewell 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Hewlett ...  Waggoner 2 episodes, 1985
Ian Hogg ...  Inspector Bucket 2 episodes, 1985
Stephen Kemble Stephen Kemble ...  Footman 2 episodes, 1985
Cathy Murphy ...  Housemaid 2 episodes, 1985
Katharine Page Katharine Page ...  Mrs. Smallweed 2 episodes, 1985
Rebecca Sebborn Rebecca Sebborn ...  Young Esther 2 episodes, 1985
George Sewell ...  Ironmaster Rouncewell 2 episodes, 1985
James Snell James Snell ...  Barrister 2 episodes, 1985
Donald Sumpter ...  'Nemo' 2 episodes, 1985
Wanda Toubas Wanda Toubas ...  Lizzy 2 episodes, 1985
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The great case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, an obsession to all involved. Then a question of inheritance becomes a question of murder.

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10 April 1985 (UK) See more »

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Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Tedious production
7 July 2007 | by pninsonSee all my reviews

It's odd to find myself criticizing a production that stars Diana Rigg and Denholm Elliott, but I have no choice. Not only is this miniseries often dull and slow-moving, but it's very hard to follow the story. After watching episode one, I was so confused that I set it aside, and waited until I'd watched the much superior 2005 production with Gillian Anderson.

I picked this up again after seeing the more recent series, so at least I can follow the story. But it's still not that coherent. I haven't read the novel yet, so this production may be more faithful, but it's certainly not very good television. All the interior scenes are so dark (as are the street scenes) that it's sometimes difficult to see clearly. Much of this (in the street scenes, anyway) was apparently done to convey the filth and fog of London --- but they overdid it.

Diana Rigg is a splendid actress, but she has very few scenes in this production, and as she plays the role with any icy hauteur, betraying almost no hint of her vulnerability, it's hard to empathize with her. The rest of the cast tries its best, but this is just not a good script. It's slow and hard to follow.

If you're not familiar with the plot, I recommend the 2005 series with Gillian Anderson as the one to start with. This is one is worthwhile but misfires on many levels. Below par for BBC productions of this vintage.


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