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:
Natalie Ogle ...  Little Nell 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Trevor Peacock ...  Daniel Quilp 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Granville Saxton ...  Dick Swiveller 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Sebastian Shaw ...  Grandfather 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Christopher Fairbank ...  Kit Nubbles 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Colin Jeavons ...  Sampson Brass 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Single Gentleman 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Dowie ...  Sally Brass 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ...  Mr. Witherden 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Keith Hazemore Keith Hazemore ...  Abel Garland 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Mrs Quilp 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Nubbles 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Simon Garstang Simon Garstang ...  Little Jacob 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Annabelle Lanyon ...  Small Servant 4 episodes, 1980
Brian Oulton ...  The schoolmaster 4 episodes, 1980
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ...  Mr. Garland 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Margaret Courtenay ...  Mrs. Jarley 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Jackson ...  Mrs. Jiniwin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Codlin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Bernard Stone Bernard Stone ...  Short 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Peter Bland Peter Bland ...  Mr. Slum 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Hal Jeayes Hal Jeayes ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
John Kearney John Kearney ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
James Marcus James Marcus ...  George 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ...  Mrs. Garland 2 episodes, 1979
Patrick Carter 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) See more »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 (1934) See more »

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A Surgeon-General's Warning on Every Pack
15 July 2007 | by tonstant viewerSee 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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