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Martin Chuzzlewit 

Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
...  Charity Pecksniff 6 episodes, 1994
...  Mercy Pecksniff 6 episodes, 1994
...  Jonas Chuzzlewit 6 episodes, 1994
Philip Franks ...  Tom Pinch 6 episodes, 1994
...  Seth Pecksniff 6 episodes, 1994
...  Old Martin Chuzzlewit / ... 6 episodes, 1994
...  John Westlock 6 episodes, 1994
Pauline Turner ...  Mary Graham 6 episodes, 1994
...  Young Martin Chuzzlewit 5 episodes, 1994
...  Mark Tapley 5 episodes, 1994
...  Tigg Montague / ... 5 episodes, 1994
Paul Francis ...  Bailey / ... 5 episodes, 1994
...  Mrs. Todgers 5 episodes, 1994
...  Mrs. Lupin 5 episodes, 1994
John Padden ...  Augustus Moddle 5 episodes, 1994
Stephen Mapes ...  Lewsome 5 episodes, 1994
...  Mr. Chuffey 3 episodes, 1994
...  Mrs. Gamp 3 episodes, 1994
...  Nadgett 3 episodes, 1994
...  Betsy Prig 3 episodes, 1994
...  Mr. Jinkins 3 episodes, 1994
...  Ruth Pinch 3 episodes, 1994
Hannah Tollman ...  Jane, Maidservant at Pecksniff's / ... 3 episodes, 1994
...  Mr. Mould 2 episodes, 1994
...  Dr. Jobling 2 episodes, 1994
...  David Crimple 2 episodes, 1994
Peter-Hugo Daly ...  Chevy Slyme 2 episodes, 1994
Colin McCormack ...  Bullamy 2 episodes, 1994
...  Mr. Spottletoe 2 episodes, 1994
Lex Neale ...  Grand Nephew 2 episodes, 1994
...  Deaf Cousin 2 episodes, 1994
Philippa Urquhart ...  Widow 2 episodes, 1994
...  George Chuzzlewit 2 episodes, 1994
...  Maidservant to Anthony / ... 2 episodes, 1994
Andrew Watson ...  Gentleman Serving Punch / ... 2 episodes, 1994
...  Footman 2 episodes, 1994
Robert Putt ...  Mr. Jones 2 episodes, 1994
Joanna Kirkland ...  Georgina Jones 2 episodes, 1994
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Some very greedy and selfish relatives are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewit's money. He is surrounded by all these sycophantic relatives that he truly despises whilst ill, each one only interested in getting their hands on his estate.

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26 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Ahány férfi  »

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(1 x 85 min, 5 x 60 min episodes)

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The madder red and gold print gown Lynda Bellingham (Mrs. Lupin) wears at the inn is the same gown worn by Justine Waddell (Molly Gibson) while walking with Roger at The Towers in Wives and Daughters (1999), and by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) while visiting the Gowans in Venice in Little Dorrit (2008). See more »

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Version of Martin Chuzzlewit (1912) See more »

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Largo from Symphony No. 9
(From the New World)
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Heard in score during American sequences
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From lightest comedy to darkest crime. A superb production
1 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was a novel about dishonesty. Dishonesty ranging from mild deception to robbery and murder most foul. And it is the dishonest who are the most memorable characters in the book - and in this TV adaptation. The tone too, ranges from comic to the most sombre shade. At its most comic is Sairey Gamp, grubby drunken "nurse" to the sick and helpless. Her dishonesty is as much self deception: the constant good opinion of herself held by the mysterious never to be seen "Mrs Harris" which Sairey Gamp endlessly quotes to the increasing irritation of her partner in nursing (and in drink) which leads to an explosive comic confrontation between all - three? Remarkable actor Pete Postlethwaite performs a remarkable transformation from down and out Tigg Montague to grandest of swindlers Montague Tigg, founder of The Anglo-Bengalee Assurance Company whose prospectus promises a paid up capital of "a two and as many oughts as the printer can get in the line". Dishonesty of another kind is represented by one of Dickens greatest creations: the odious sanctimonious hypocritical serial-forgiver and would be seducer Pecksniff (excellently played by Tom Wilkinson). Finally dishonesty of the blackest kind is represented by Jonas Chuzzlewit, murderer for money -with poison and bludgeon. When justice catches up with Jonas, actor Keith Allen vividly portrays a man suddenly in the shadow of the noose. In comparison the good, the prudent and the merely imprudent (Tom Pinch, Old Martin Chuzzlewit, and young Martin) are in comparison and perhaps inevitably - as in the book - a little colourless.) The silly recklessness of Mercy Pecksniff and the sour realism of her sister are particularly well brought out. Finally the dialogue - its unobtrusiveness as it goes between Dickens' original and David Lodge's own is exemplary. So too is the distinctive music - often with a loping rhythm suggestive of careful and wary footsteps.

A really excellent and entertaining production with a fine cast giving full measure to the most memorable characters and scenes. It is difficult to imagine it being bettered.


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