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The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.
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...  Pip 3 episodes, 2011
...  Dolge Orlick 3 episodes, 2011
...  Abel Magwitch 3 episodes, 2011
...  Jaggers 3 episodes, 2011
...  Compeyson / ... 3 episodes, 2011
...  Joe Gargery 3 episodes, 2011
...  Miss Havisham 3 episodes, 2011
...  Estella 3 episodes, 2011
...  Pumblechook 3 episodes, 2011
...  Herbert Pocket 2 episodes, 2011
...  Hannah 2 episodes, 2011
...  Wemmick 2 episodes, 2011
...  Bentley Drummle 2 episodes, 2011
Steve Lately ...  Mike 2 episodes, 2011
...  Molly 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mrs. Joe 2 episodes, 2011
...  Clara 2 episodes, 2011
...  Mrs. Brandley 2 episodes, 2011
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The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor.

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Over 80 tonnes of dirt, weeds and creepers were used to transform Holdenby House in Northamptonshire into Miss Havisham's decaying manor Satis House. See more »

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Remade as Great Expectations (2012) See more »

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Terrible miscasting - Ms Havisham is prettier than Estella
18 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Please don't watch this terribly miscast BBC version of the beloved tale. Just wait for the Ralph Fiennes version coming out soon. Or re watch the John Mills and Jean Simmons version which is near perfect.

Lots has been said about Gillian Anderson being too young and pretty to be Ms Havisham but she is actually alright quite ghostly and spooky. The problem is Vanessa Kirby as Estella she is just way too plain - like some ugly step sister of Cinderella. Even Ms Havisham is prettier than Estella!. Terrible miscasting. You could throw a stone and find a prettier English girl on any street in London. Really spoils the series.

Douglas Booth is too pretty and polished for Pip instead of being wide eyed and rough around the edges. He doesn't display enough emotion at the right parts. It's like the Beauty and the Beast with Estella the beast! Even the 2 kids as young Pip and Estella aren't cute.

There is a lack of romantic sweep and drama in this version. Also there are some crucial things they didn't show eg Pip trying to save Ms Havisham. Watching this version will ruin your image of the story. Just skip it.


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