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Our Mutual Friend 

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.




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Series cast summary:
Paul McGann ...  Eugene Wrayburn 4 episodes, 1998
Dominic Mafham ...  Mortimer Lightwood 4 episodes, 1998
David Bradley ...  Rogue Riderhood 4 episodes, 1998
Anna Friel ...  Bella Wilfer / ... 4 episodes, 1998
Peter Vaughan ...  Mr. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
Steven Mackintosh ...  John Harmon / ... 4 episodes, 1998
Sarah Crowden ...  First Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Cate Fowler ...  Second Guest 4 episodes, 1998
John Dallimore John Dallimore ...  Third Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Keeley Hawes ...  Lizzie Hexam 4 episodes, 1998
Peter Howell ...  Fourth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Michael Culkin ...  Mr. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
Anthony Calf ...  Alfred Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
Doon Mackichan ...  Sophronia Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
Ray Gardner Ray Gardner ...  Fifth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Rose English Rose English ...  Mrs. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
Margaret Tyzack ...  Lady Tippins 4 episodes, 1998
Kenneth Cranham ...  Silas Wegg 4 episodes, 1998
Timothy Spall ...  Mr. Venus 4 episodes, 1998
Paul Bailey Paul Bailey ...  Charley Hexam 3 episodes, 1998
David Morrissey ...  Bradley Headstone 3 episodes, 1998
Robert Lang ...  Mr. Tremlow 3 episodes, 1998
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ...  Jenny Wren 3 episodes, 1998
Rachel Power Rachel Power ...  Pleasant Riderhood 3 episodes, 1998
Roger Frost ...  Police Inspector 3 episodes, 1998
Martin Hancock ...  Sloppy 3 episodes, 1998
Cyril Shaps ...  Mr. Riah 3 episodes, 1998
Peter Wight ...  Mr. Wilfer 3 episodes, 1998
David Schofield ...  Gaffer Hexam 2 episodes, 1998
Linda Bassett ...  Abby Potterson 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Hanson Richard Hanson ...  George Radfoot 2 episodes, 1998
Eddie Webber Eddie Webber ...  First Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Alan Talbot Alan Talbot ...  Second Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Willie Ross Willie Ross ...  Mr. Dolls 2 episodes, 1998
Edna Doré Edna Doré ...  Betty Higden 2 episodes, 1998
Bertie Shelley Bertie Shelley ...  Little Johnny 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ...  Reverend 2 episodes, 1998
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ...  Mrs. Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Catriona Yuill Catriona Yuill ...  Lavinia Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Vanessa Hadaway Vanessa Hadaway ...  Lammle's Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1998


The tongues of London high society gossips begin to wag when John Harmon --a young man whose inheritance depends on his marrying a woman he has never met-- is found dead in the River Thames. The fortune passes into the hands of the working-class Boffins, who take into their new home both Bella Wilfer (Harmon's would-be bride) and a mysterious secretary known as Rokesmith. Meanwhile, Lizzie Hexam, the daughter of the boatman suspected of Harmon's murder, is pursued by two suitors: obsessive and self-righteous Bradley Headstone and roguish and lethargic Eugene Wrayburn. An expansive and varied cast of characters create an epic intertwining tale. Written by L. Hamre

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Love in a city where class governs all




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Bella Wilfer: For the reproaches you have borne on my account I earnestly and truly beg your pardon! The only fault you should admit to was that you laid yourself open to be slighted by a worldly, shallow girl whose head was turned and was quite unable to rise to what you offered!
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Rich adaptation of classic Dickens
15 September 2006 | by LouE15See all my reviews

Fine adaptation of a powerful Dickens novel, full of the frustrating spectrum of strengths and weakness inherent in every Dickens story; from the powerful rage he expresses in documenting social injustice, to his goody-two-shoes pedestal-bound heroines. It's about class, love, the river, London, and it's full of great scenes and haunting visuals: witness a tormented Bradley Headstone stalking Eugene Wrayburn through the streets of the City at night. The length of the series does the work justice; the casting is outstanding – expect no less from any good BBC adaptation. The always excellent, underrated Stephen Mackintosh brings complexity and delicacy to his John Rokesmith; Paul McGann gets the best lines; and the entire cast brings the writing to life in a good-looking production - who cares if perhaps it all looks just a tad better than it should. A staple in my DVD collection, highly recommended.

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3 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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