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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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Insipid Bleak House
24 January 2006 | by clotblasterSee all my reviews

This series gets 2 stars solely because it puts some of Dickens' Bleak House on film and perhaps someone will read the book. Contrary to what is probably received opinion, Diana Rigg was poor as Lady Dedlock. She was clunky and wooden. Lady D. is a reserved character but not a martinet. Denholm Elliot is wrong, wrong, wrong for Mr. Jarndyce. So I'll interrupt myself and respond to all those people who are saying: "I didn't read the book, so I don't have to take this guy's opinion because he's basing his evaluations on the book." True and not true. For ex, Diana Rigg is bad in her role because of poor acting whether or not you've read the book. On the other hand, Denholm Elliot is a passable Jarndyce (although too old). The series fails not because it's unfair to compare it to the book, but because the various plot lines and characters just don't coalesce to make a coherent, dramatic, mysterious andcompelling entertainment. It is dull and flat. If you want to make apossibly good Bleak House, you need to expend 20 hours of film in 10 two hour episodes. But I suggest that producers etc. leave Dickens alone (even A Christmas Carol). Television deadens the genius of Dickens as manifested in his ingenious plots and unforgettable characters.


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