Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.
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Series cast summary:
...  Eugene Wrayburn 4 episodes, 1998
...  Mortimer Lightwood 4 episodes, 1998
...  Rogue Riderhood 4 episodes, 1998
...  Bella Wilfer / ... 4 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
...  Mrs. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
...  John Harmon / ... 4 episodes, 1998
...  First Guest 4 episodes, 1998
...  Second Guest 4 episodes, 1998
John Dallimore ...  Third Guest 4 episodes, 1998
...  Lizzie Hexam 4 episodes, 1998
...  Fourth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
...  Alfred Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
...  Sophronia Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
Ray Gardner ...  Fifth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Rose English ...  Mrs. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
...  Lady Tippins 4 episodes, 1998
...  Silas Wegg 4 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Venus 4 episodes, 1998
Paul Bailey ...  Charley Hexam 3 episodes, 1998
...  Bradley Headstone 3 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Tremlow 3 episodes, 1998
Katy Murphy ...  Jenny Wren 3 episodes, 1998
Rachel Power ...  Pleasant Riderhood 3 episodes, 1998
Roger Frost ...  Police Inspector 3 episodes, 1998
...  Sloppy 3 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Riah 3 episodes, 1998
...  Mr. Wilfer 3 episodes, 1998
...  Gaffer Hexam 2 episodes, 1998
...  Abby Potterson 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Hanson ...  George Radfoot 2 episodes, 1998
...  First Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Alan Talbot ...  Second Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Willie Ross ...  Mr. Dolls 2 episodes, 1998
Edna Doré ...  Betty Higden 2 episodes, 1998
Bertie Shelley ...  Little Johnny 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Stirling ...  Reverend 2 episodes, 1998
Heather Tobias ...  Mrs. Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Catriona Yuill ...  Lavinia Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Vanessa Hadaway ...  Lammle's Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1998
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The tongues of London high society gossips begin to wag when John Harmon --a young man whose inheritance depended on his marrying a woman he had 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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When Lizzie is adjusting Eugene's position on the boat, a hand can clearly be seen momentarily keeping the boat steady. It then lets go of the boat and can be seen in the water. See more »

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Betty Higden: Take him as a gift, for I love him, love him, love him. I love my husband, long dead and gone, in him. I love my children, dead and gone in him. Take him as a gift, for I couldn't ever sell that love, and look you in your bright kind face.
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Version of Eugene Wrayburn (1911) See more »

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Romantic, hilarious, complex, and a cheerful ending from Dickens!
30 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Filled with striking characters and cunning plot twists, this film keeps you on your toes. Two romance plotlines, a murder mystery, a number of stalkers and an inheritance all hang in the balance..who will survive, and who will be changed?

Steven MacKintosh gives a nuanced performance as John Rokesmith/John Harmond, a young man with a past he'd as soon forget and an uncertain future. Paul McGann is also wonderful as the Dickensian lawyer Eugene Rayburn, a bored young man whose life is changed forever when he meets Lizzie, the daughter of a man who finds bodies in the Thames, and when he confronts Bradley Headstone, the psychotic schoolmaster who is obsessed with Lizzie. Also of note are the actresses who played Lizzie and the money-obsessed Bella Wilfer, since so much of the story hinges on their believability. Was Dickens ever so much fun before?


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