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Little Dorrit 

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This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Claire Foy ...  Amy Dorrit 14 episodes, 2008
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Arthur Clennam 14 episodes, 2008
Tom Courtenay ...  Mr. Dorrit 14 episodes, 2008
Judy Parfitt ...  Mrs. Clennam / ... 14 episodes, 2008
Emma Pierson ...  Fanny Dorrit / ... 14 episodes, 2008
Alun Armstrong ...  Flintwinch / ... 13 episodes, 2008
Eddie Marsan ...  Pancks 12 episodes, 2008
Jason Thorpe ...  Cavalletto 12 episodes, 2008
Sebastian Armesto ...  Edmund Sparkler / ... 12 episodes, 2008
Andy Serkis ...  Rigaud 11 episodes, 2008
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Mrs. Plornish 11 episodes, 2008
Amanda Redman ...  Mrs. Merdle 11 episodes, 2008
Russell Tovey ...  John Chivery 10 episodes, 2008
Georgia King ...  Pet Gowan / ... 10 episodes, 2008
Alex Wyndham ...  Henry Gowan 10 episodes, 2008
Freema Agyeman ...  Tattycoram 10 episodes, 2008
Zubin Varla ...  Daniel Doyce 10 episodes, 2008
Maxine Peake ...  Miss Wade 10 episodes, 2008
Ruth Jones ...  Flora Finching 10 episodes, 2008
James Fleet ...  Frederick Dorrit 9 episodes, 2008
Ron Cook ...  Chivery 9 episodes, 2008
Bill Paterson ...  Mr. Meagles 9 episodes, 2008
Anton Lesser ...  Mr. Merdle 9 episodes, 2008
Sue Johnston ...  Affery / ... 9 episodes, 2008
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. General 9 episodes, 2008
Annette Crosbie ...  Mr. F's Aunt 9 episodes, 2008
Janine Duvitski ...  Mrs. Meagles 8 episodes, 2008
Eve Myles ...  Maggy 8 episodes, 2008
Arthur Darvill ...  Tip Dorrit 8 episodes, 2008
Nicholas Jones ...  Scary Butler 7 episodes, 2008
Jason Watkins ...  Plornish 6 episodes, 2008
John Alderton ...  Mr. Casby 6 episodes, 2008


This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss' son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Did You Know?


The black velvet striped day dress worn by an extra in a London street scene is the same costume Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley) wore at Netherfield Hall in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Lindsay Duncan (Lady Catherine) wore at Longbourn in Lost in Austen (2008). It was also worn by Janine Duvitski (Mrs. Bute Crawley) when Becky and Rawdon returned to Queen's Crawley in Vanity Fair (1998). See more »


Version of Klein Doortje (1917) See more »

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Evocative picturisation, stellar cast, excellent performances - BBC at its best!
12 December 2008 | by kabosseSee all my reviews

This BBC adaptation of the Dickens novel has enthralled me from the very beginning, mainly because of the outstanding quality of its performances. Every single character, even minor ones like the insufferably haughty Merdle butler or the paranoid Italian (perhaps with the exception of Maggy who's perfectly manicured fingernails in one close-up blew her otherwise worthy portrayal), has been ideally cast and all the actors are absolutely convincing in their delivery.

What made me write this comment, though, was Tom Courtenay's heart-wrenching performance as Mr. Dorrit for which I hope he will receive all the accolades he deserves. His multifaceted Dorrit awed me until the very end and will resonate with me for a long time.

What I particularly liked about the series was how we got more than a glimpse of all the characters' 'little lives', people going about their respective businesses, revolving in their little worlds. Even if a scene only touched on a certain character, setting, costumes, and dialogue provided ample information for the viewer to evoke the full picture of this character's life and to imagine how they would go on after the camera had panned away to continue with the main story.

On top of that, the great care put into the selection of costumes and locations made Little Dorrit a real feast for the eye, perfectly accompanied by the wonderful score by John Lunn.

May this be a 'true Dickens' or not, what it surely is, is Grand TV. And as such, it adds another sparkling jewel to my cherished collection of BBC adaptations.

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29 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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