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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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Krook: Letters to Nemo. Captain Hawdon. Smells like ladies, but what do they say? We don't know 'cause we can't read.
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Absolutely Riveting 10/10
30 November 2005 | by ChrisQSee all my reviews

Bleak House is not a book I have read. I was however aware that the central story concerned the never-ending courtroom litigation of Jarndyce versus Jarndyce. As a child, this book, I decided was way too boring to read. How wrong I was. I never dreamt that a Dickens novel could become such an obsession in later life.

This dazzling adaptation is serialised in the same way that Dickens serialised his masterpiece in the popular press. Each half-hour episode ends on a cliff-hanger. We, the viewers, are forced to count the days until the next episode is screened. ( and there is only 6 more to go!!!) It is impossible to find fault with the production. The characterisations and directing are the best I have seen from the Drama Department of the BBC. They have managed to capture the gloom, grime and squalor of the late 19th century convincingly.

Each actor is ideally cast. Charles Dance as the lawyer Tulkinghorn is evil personified. Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock, totally unrecognisable from her X-File days, is fragile and enigmatic. Particularly noteworthy in the host of Dickensian eccentrics are Pauline Collins as Miss Flite, Johnny Vegas as Krook and Philip Davis as "Shake me up Judy" Smallweed and Burn Gorman as Guppy. However it is invidious to single anyone out of such a stellar casting.

I cannot give this drama a higher recommendation

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