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Bleak House 

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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.
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Series cast summary:
Anna Maxwell Martin ...  Esther Summerson 15 episodes, 2005
Denis Lawson ...  John Jarndyce 15 episodes, 2005
Carey Mulligan ...  Ada Clare / ... 15 episodes, 2005
Gillian Anderson ...  Lady Dedlock 14 episodes, 2005
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Clamb 14 episodes, 2005
Charles Dance ...  Mr. Tulkinghorn 12 episodes, 2005
Patrick Kennedy ...  Richard Carstone 12 episodes, 2005
Timothy West ...  Sir Leicester Dedlock 12 episodes, 2005
Burn Gorman ...  Guppy 11 episodes, 2005
Hugo Speer ...  Sergeant George 10 episodes, 2005
Pauline Collins ...  Miss Flite 10 episodes, 2005
Phil Davis ...  Smallweed 10 episodes, 2005
Nathaniel Parker ...  Harold Skimpole 10 episodes, 2005
Alun Armstrong ...  Bucket 9 episodes, 2005
Anne Reid ...  Mrs. Rouncewell 9 episodes, 2005
Lilo Baur Lilo Baur ...  Hortense 9 episodes, 2005
Katie Angelou Katie Angelou ...  Charley Neckett 9 episodes, 2005
Louise Brealey ...  Judy 8 episodes, 2005
Michael Smiley ...  Phil Squod 8 episodes, 2005
Emma Williams ...  Rosa 7 episodes, 2005
Harry Eden ...  Jo 7 episodes, 2005
Richard Harrington ...  Allan Woodcourt 7 episodes, 2005
Natalie Press ...  Caddy Turveydrop / ... 7 episodes, 2005


A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

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Release Date:

22 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bleak House See more »


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£6,000,000 (estimated)
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| (1 episode) | (14 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Although a single season of fifteen (15) episodes was aired, some video streaming services list only eight (8) episodes. Aside from the first episode which was an hour in length, the following episodes are only a half-hour each. In most instances, two half-hour episodes are streamed as a single episode, accounting for the discrepancy between some streaming services, databases, and review sites and the number of episodes listed. S01E01 (aired as E01 with one hour length) S01E02 (aired as E02 and E03) S01E03 (aired as E04 and E05) S01E04 (aired as E06 and E07) S01E05 (aired as E08 and E09) S01E06 (aired as E10 and E11) S01E07 (aired as E12 and E13) S01E08 (aired as E14 and E15) This was created to perhaps clear up some confusion regarding the "missing episodes" of E09 through E15. See more »


John Jarndyce: [Talking of Esther after she recovers from Small Pox] I blame my self.
Boythorn: You blame yourself for an act of kindness. No sir, the person to blame is the one who calls himself God. What deity is it that would inflict such an illness on an innocent girl?
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Magnificent adaptation of Dickens
6 November 2005 | by Balthazar-5See all my reviews

Having worked in the cinema for most of my life, I tend to regard television - virtually all television - as shallow and second rate. But here is a totally magnificent adaptation of one of Dickens' more challenging novels.

As in most Dickens, here money - a surfeit and a lack of it - structures the complex comings and goings of a labyrinthine plot. The characters are fabulous and some of them - Skimpole and Mr Guppy, for example - may very well become well-known archetypes due to the popularity and power of this adaptation, in the same way that Micawber and Fagin are. The darkness of the sets makes for some wonderfully expressive design work, and the music is brilliantly chosen.

In fact it might be perfect...it's just that Anna Maxwell Martin as the central Esther Summerson is just a bit too simpering... But when you think how flaccid Charles Dance usually is, his Tulkinghorn is a truly creepy creation.... Plenty more to come, but to date (after four episodes), this looks to me better Dickens than anything outside Christine Edzard's 'Little Dorritt' and Lean's 'Great Expectations' - and it could even better them...

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