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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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Cast

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

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Drama

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BBC [UK] | PBS [United States]

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bleak House See more »

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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (1 episode) | (14 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Contains three future Game of Thrones (2011) stars: Charles Dance (Josiah Tulkinghorn/Tywin Lannister), Burn Gorman (William Guppy/Karl Tanner) and Robert Pugh (Mr. Chadband/Craster). See more »

Quotes

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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Version of Bleak House (1922) See more »

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Esther's Character
5 February 2006 | by cynthySee all my reviews

Bleak House is one of my favorite books and the BBC televersion strikes me as wonderful. I disagree, though, with those who feel that the wonderful actress who plays Esther Summerson rescues "a tiresomely one-dimensional character in the book" - rather, I think she awesomely expresses what Dickens meant us to understand her to be, in the book. His clues to her non-stereotypical character and feelings are expressed, though, through references that are no longer easy to decode without special historical knowledge - some of it pretty, well, specialized. I suspect that if the person who wrote my quoted bit - which was part of an excellent comment and is itself beautifully put - went back to the book after seeing the BBC production, more of the book would reveal itself. Yet, even to him or her - probably not everything! The production doesn't take it on, for example, to explain why everybody at Bleak House calls Esther "Dame Trot" - but there *is* a reason!


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