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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Alun Armstrong ...  Mr. Wagstaff / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Suzanne Bertish ...  Fanny Squeers / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Miss Knag / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Jane Downs Jane Downs ...  Mrs. Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Cathryn Harrison ...  Henrietta Petowker / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Lila Kaye ...  Mrs. Crummles / ... 4 episodes, 1982
John McEnery ...  Mr. Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Bob Peck ...  John Browdie / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Edward Petherbridge ...  Newman Noggs / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Roger Rees ...  Nicholas Nickleby 4 episodes, 1982
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Kate Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
David Threlfall ...  Smike 4 episodes, 1982
Thelma Whiteley Thelma Whiteley ...  Madame Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
John Woodvine ...  Ralph Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Christopher Benjamin ...  Mr. Vincent Crummles 3 episodes, 1982
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ...  Lord Frederick Verisopht 3 episodes, 1982
Patrick Godfrey ...  Mr. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
Lucy Gutteridge ...  Madeline Bray / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Shirley King Shirley King ...  Mrs. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
Ian McNeice ...  Croupier / ... 3 episodes, 1982
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ...  Charles Cheeryble / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ...  Mr. Curdle / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Sharon Bower Sharon Bower ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Jeffery Dench Jeffery Dench ...  Arthur Gride / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Ian East Ian East ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Alan Gill Alan Gill ...  George / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Andrew Hawkins Andrew Hawkins ...  Captain Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Rose Hill Rose Hill ...  Lady From Downstairs / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Roderick Horn Roderick Horn ...  Dr. London / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Griffith Jones ...  Flunkey / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Teddy Kempner ...  Benjamin / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Timothy Kightley Timothy Kightley ...  Col. Chowser / ... 2 episodes, 1982
William Maxwell ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Sally Nesbitt ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Clyde Pollitt Clyde Pollitt ...  Brooker / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Stephen Rashbrook Stephen Rashbrook ...  Alphonse / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Christopher Ravenscroft ...  Frank Cheeryble / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Mark Tandy ...  Bolder / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Hilary Townley Hilary Townley ...  Hannah / ... 2 episodes, 1982
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Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a Yorkshire school to be cruel, and runs away with one of the students. Meanwhile, Kate is subjected to the unwanted attentions of Sir Mulberry Hawk, aided by her uncle. Nicholas and his new friend, Smike, begin their adventures and eventually set out to rescue Kate, with the usual Dickensian twists, turns and asides. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(in four episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The original cast had Ben Kingsley in the role of Mr. Squeers. See more »

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Version of Nicholas Nickleby (1957) See more »

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If you have the chance SEE IT!
18 July 2001 | by lcae1See all my reviews

I first saw this on TV when I was about thirteen or fourteen and I was absolutely rivited to the screen every Monday for weeks. When they repeated it due to popular demand about three months later I was hooked all over again. It is one of the most amazing television experiences of my life. It is simply sublime.

The acting, the dialogue, the action, the sets, everything is wonderful. Nicholas confronting Sqeers is still one of the most thrilling things I have ever seen and could Smikes' death be any sadder?

Roger Rees is the ideal Nicholas, exuding the right amount of boyish naivety and pluck, David Threlfall was a wonderfully sincere Smike, while special mention must go to Edward Petherbridge whose portrayal of Newman Noggs contained the perfect balance of humour and pathos.

All in all I couldn't recommend it more highly. Ten stars at least.


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