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David Copperfield 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Daniel Radcliffe ...  Young David 2 episodes, 1999
Trevor Eve ...  Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Michael Elphick ...  Barkis 2 episodes, 1999
James Thornton James Thornton ...  Ham Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Dan Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Gummidge 2 episodes, 1999
Laura Harling Laura Harling ...  Little Emily 2 episodes, 1999
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Miss Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Tong ...  Lady in coach 2 episodes, 1999
Karl Johnson ...  Tungay 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McKellen ...  Creakle 2 episodes, 1999
Harry Lloyd ...  Young Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Swinscoe Steve Swinscoe ...  Quinion 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Maher Thomas Maher ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1999
Bob Hoskins ...  Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Sproule Peter Sproule ...  Bootmaker 2 episodes, 1999
Imelda Staunton ...  Mrs. Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Whitehouse ...  Pawnbroker 2 episodes, 1999
Brian Abbott Brian Abbott ...  Constable 2 episodes, 1999
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ...  Tinker 2 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie Emily McKenzie ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McNeice ...  Mr. Dick 2 episodes, 1999
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Uriah Heep 2 episodes, 1999
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Mr. Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Antonia Corrigan Antonia Corrigan ...  Young Agnes 2 episodes, 1999
Amanda Ryan ...  Agnes Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Ciarán McMenamin ...  David Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
James Grout ...  Mr. Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Dawn French ...  Mrs. Crupp 2 episodes, 1999
Joanna Page ...  Dora Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Clare Wilkie Clare Wilkie ...  Julia Mills 2 episodes, 1999
Tom Wilkinson ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1999
Oliver Milburn ...  Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Ed Hughes Ed Hughes ...  Steerforth's Friend 2 episodes, 1999
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ...  Milkman 2 episodes, 1999
Cherie Lunghi ...  Mrs. Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Clare Holman ...  Rosa Dartle 2 episodes, 1999
Kenneth MacDonald ...  Littimer 2 episodes, 1999
Aislín McGuckin ...  Emily 2 episodes, 1999
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ...  Mrs. Heep 2 episodes, 1999
Richard Howard Richard Howard ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 1999
David Maybrick ...  Officer 2 episodes, 1999
Emilia Fox ...  Clara Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
John Normington ...  Dr. Chillip 2 episodes, 1999
Pauline Quirke ...  Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Maggie Smith ...  Betsey Trotwood 2 episodes, 1999
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Storyline

David Copperfield lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara and their housekeeper Peggotty. His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber and moves in with the man and his loving family but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood. She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. As he grows older David is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora. Life's challenges continue to confront him but with the help of friends and family, he overcomes adversity including his aunt's loss of her savings, the death of his wife and the ... Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

One boy against the world.

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Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Copperfield Dávid See more »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The sprigged sheer yellow gown with white sleeves worn by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) is the same gown worn by Samantha Morton (Harriet Smith) at Randalls in Emma (1996), and by Lucy Davis (Maria Lucas) at Rosings Park in Pride and Prejudice (1995). See more »

Goofs

The younger Davy is right-handed; the elder Davy is left-handed. See more »

Quotes

Betsey Trotwood: I don't allow anybody to ride over this turf. I make no exceptions.
Miss Murdstone: Your regulation is rather awkward to strangers.
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Featured in Dickens (2002) See more »

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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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Very good version
27 January 2006 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

David Copperfield is not an easy one to film because the story -- while unfailingly interesting -- does have some of Dickens' most cloying sentimentality and sugary sweetness. David himself is saintly, and this makes him hard to play as an interesting character. In fact, playing the young hero in period dramas can easily be something of a poisoned chalice. (Other adaptations of recent years have come unstuck on this point.) However, this works out fine here. A very small Daniel Radcliffe is excellent as Harry P-- sorry, as young David, and I think that Ciarán McMenamin is also good as the adult David. I don't agree with those reviewers who call him smug. It's a shame that he looks nothing, but nothing, like Daniel Radcliffe, and the hairstyles he is given are really bad, especially the wig towards the end. Of course, he is inevitably somewhat overshadowed by the galaxy of top-notch actors who fill the other roles. Maggie Smith is particularly winsome as Betsy Trotwood.

I watched this with my eleven-year-old son and we both really enjoyed it. Recommended.


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