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The Old Curiosity Shop 

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




1980   1979  


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Series cast summary:
Sebastian Shaw ...  Grandfather 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Trevor Peacock ...  Daniel Quilp 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Natalie Ogle ...  Little Nell 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Granville Saxton ...  Dick Swiveller 9 episodes, 1979-1980
Colin Jeavons ...  Sampson Brass 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Christopher Fairbank ...  Kit Nubbles 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  The Single Gentleman / ... 7 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Dowie ...  Sally Brass 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Mrs. Quilp 6 episodes, 1979-1980
Laurence Hardy ...  Mr. Witherden 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Keith Hazemore Keith Hazemore ...  Abel Garland 5 episodes, 1979-1980
Annabelle Lanyon ...  Small Servant 4 episodes, 1980
Brian Oulton ...  The Schoolmaster 4 episodes, 1980
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Nubbles 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Simon Garstang Simon Garstang ...  Little Jacob 4 episodes, 1979-1980
Margaret Courtenay ...  Mrs. Jarley 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Freda Jackson ...  Mrs. Jiniwin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Bernard Stone Bernard Stone ...  Short 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Anthony Pedley Anthony Pedley ...  Codlin 3 episodes, 1979-1980
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ...  Mr. Garland 3 episodes, 1979-1980
James Marcus James Marcus ...  George 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Peter Bland ...  Mr. Slum 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ...  Mrs. Garland 2 episodes, 1979
John Kearney John Kearney ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
Hal Jeayes Hal Jeayes ...  Cardplayer 2 episodes, 1979-1980
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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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 Mr. Quilp (1975) See more »

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Horribly overacted
9 April 2006 | by kaaber-2See all my reviews

I have no wish to be unkind, but the music seems to be the only decent thing about this production. The entire cast of this TV series act as if they were part of a slide show, with one expression each, and overact as though they were performing at the Yankee Stadium to a hearing-impaired crowd with glaucoma. The film's attempts at being funny are lamentable, whereas its attempts at being touching are truly risible. I bought it due to my renewed interest in Dickens after seeing the unmissable 2005 TV version of "Bleak House", and I must say that this version of "The Old Curiosity Shop" is nowhere near it. However can Dickens go so wrong? I should have bought the Peter Ustinov version.

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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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