The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

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Series cast summary:
...  Little Nell 9 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Daniel Quilp 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Granville Saxton ...  Dick Swiveller 9 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Grandfather 9 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Kit Nubbles 7 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Sampson Brass 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Wensley Pithey ...  Single Gentleman 7 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Sally Brass 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Laurence Hardy ...  Mr. Witherden 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Keith Hazemore ...  Abel Garland 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Sandra Payne ...  Mrs Quilp 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Nubbles 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Simon Garstang ...  Little Jacob 4 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Small Servant 4 episodes, 1980
...  The schoolmaster 4 episodes, 1980
Donald Bisset ...  Mr. Garland 3 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Mrs. Jarley 3 episodes, 1979-1980
...  Mrs. Jiniwin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Anthony Pedley ...  Codlin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Bernard Stone ...  Short 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Peter Bland ...  Mr. Slum 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Hal Jeayes ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
John Kearney ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
James Marcus ...  George 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Pauline Winter ...  Mrs. Garland 2 episodes, 1979
Patrick Carter ...  Turnkey 2 episodes, 1980


The story of Nell Trent, a beautiful young girl. An orphan, she lives with her Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop in London.

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9 December 1979 (UK)  »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Began filming with Patrick Troughton. When Troughton became indisposed following his heart attack, Trevor Peacock took over the role of Daniel Quilp. See more »


Version of The Old Curiosity Shop (1995) See more »

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A Surgeon-General's Warning on Every Pack
15 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

I know for a fact that Sebastian Shaw and Trevor Peacock are capable of fine acting. However you won't find it here, from either of them or anyone else. William Trevor, who wrote the screen adaptation, is a fine novelist, poet and critic. But this is cringe-inducing.

It is about as awful a Dickens adaptation as one could imagine. The pace is slow, the acting obvious and one-dimensional. It's like watching Dickens for Marionettes.

I hope that's not because it comes from BBC Birmingham rather than London. I'm more inclined to think that the format, 9 30-minute episodes, suggests that this mini-series is meant for school use only. The show might be useful for scaring kids away from literature for the rest of their lives, if anyone had such a purpose.

Otherwise, stay away.

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