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Bleak House 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2005)
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.
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 Richard Carstone 12 episodes, 2005
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A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

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Although a single season of fifteen (15) episodes was aired, some video streaming services list only eight (8) episodes. Aside from the first episode which was an hour in length, the following episodes are only a half-hour each. In most instances, two half-hour episodes are streamed as a single episode, accounting for the discrepancy between some streaming services, databases, and review sites and the number of episodes listed. S01E01 (aired as E01 with one hour length) S01E02 (aired as E02 and E03) S01E03 (aired as E04 and E05) S01E04 (aired as E06 and E07) S01E05 (aired as E08 and E09) S01E06 (aired as E10 and E11) S01E07 (aired as E12 and E13) S01E08 (aired as E14 and E15) This was created to perhaps clear up some confusion regarding the "missing episodes" of E09 through E15. See more »

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Krook: Letters to Nemo. Captain Hawdon. Smells like ladies, but what do they say? We don't know 'cause we can't read.
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Version of Bleak House (1926) See more »

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Excellent Dickens adaptation
18 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Half-way through this version of Charles Dickens' weighty novel seems a good time to comment on it. The BBC have taken the view that, as Bleak House was originally presented to its reading public in short magazine instalments, it is a good idea to present it in half-hour segments twice a week in the soap opera tradition.

Andrew Davies, who has adapted other books before such as Pride and Prejudice and House of Cards, has done an excellent job here - tweaking and inventing as you must to make television drama work, but without losing the context of the piece.

Despite the jarring camera work and bitty scenes, there are some outstanding performances here - Charles Dance as the scheming lawyer Tulkinghorn; Denis Lawson as John Jarndyce, attracted to his ward Esther despite having paid for her upkeep since she was a child; Pauline Collins as Miss Flyte, ever twittering on alongside her caged birds about 'the day of judgement'; Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock, who tries to hide her mysterious secret; Johnny Vegas, who fits the character of drunken landlord Krook like a glove; and many others.

There are also witty and perceptive cameos from the likes of Richard Griffiths, Matthew Kelly, and Ian Richardson.

I would have preferred to see hour-long episodes but that is only a small quibble (the other would be the invention of a character - Clamb - who seems to serve no useful purpose). This is an inventive and excellent adaptation; not replacing the classic 1980s version, perhaps, but a worthy companion to it.


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