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

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22 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Charles Dance (Mr. Tulkinghorn), Burn Gorman (Guppy) and Robert Pugh (Mr. Chadband) have taken part in Game of Thrones (2011). They respectively portrayed Tywin Lannister, Karl Tanner and Craster. See more »

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Krook: [about Nemo] They say he sold his soul to the Devil. If he did, I don't know what he did with the money.
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Absolutely Riveting 10/10
30 November 2005 | by See 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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