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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.
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Series cast summary:
...  Esther Summerson 15 episodes, 2005
...  John Jarndyce 15 episodes, 2005
...  Ada Clare / ... 15 episodes, 2005
Finn Morrell ...  Street urchin 15 episodes, 2005
...  Lady Dedlock 14 episodes, 2005
Tom Georgeson ...  Clamb 14 episodes, 2005
...  Mr. Tulkinghorn 12 episodes, 2005
...  Richard Carstone 12 episodes, 2005
...  Sir Leicester Dedlock 12 episodes, 2005
...  Guppy 11 episodes, 2005
...  Sergeant George 10 episodes, 2005
...  Miss Flite 10 episodes, 2005
...  Smallweed 10 episodes, 2005
...  Harold Skimpole 10 episodes, 2005
...  Bucket 9 episodes, 2005
...  Mrs. Rouncewell 9 episodes, 2005
Lilo Baur ...  Hortense 9 episodes, 2005
Katie Angelou ...  Charley Neckett 9 episodes, 2005
...  Judy 8 episodes, 2005
...  Phil Squod 8 episodes, 2005
...  Rosa 7 episodes, 2005
...  Jo 7 episodes, 2005
...  Allan Woodcourt 7 episodes, 2005
...  Caddy Turveydrop / ... 7 episodes, 2005
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

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£6,000,000 (estimated)
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As actor Denis Lawson admits he made little attempt to modify his native Scots accent even though there's no suggestion that John Jarndyce is remotely Scottish. See more »

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Mr. Tulkinghorn: [after the funeral of Mr Nemo] What do you know of this man?
Jo: I don't know nothing only that he was really good to me.
Mr. Tulkinghorn: Oh, and what good were you to him?
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Magnificent adaptation of Dickens
6 November 2005 | by See 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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