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Dombey and Son 

The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.
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Series cast summary:
John Carson ...  Mr. Dombey 13 episodes, 1969
Kara Wilson Kara Wilson ...  Florence Dombey / ... 12 episodes, 1969
William Moore William Moore ...  Captain Cuttle 10 episodes, 1969
Christopher Sandford ...  Mr. Toots 10 episodes, 1969
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ...  Susan Nipper 9 episodes, 1969
Sally Home Sally Home ...  Edith Dombey / ... 9 episodes, 1969
Gary Raymond ...  James Carker 9 episodes, 1969
Edward Topps Edward Topps ...  Towlinson 8 episodes, 1969
Fay Compton ...  Mrs. Brown 7 episodes, 1969
David Garth ...  John Carker 7 episodes, 1969
Derek Seaton Derek Seaton ...  Walter Gay 7 episodes, 1969
Clive Swift ...  Major Bagstock 7 episodes, 1969
Meadows White Meadows White ...  Solomon Gills 6 episodes, 1969
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The dream of Paul Dombey, the wealthy owner of the shipping company, is to have a son to continue his business. Tragically, Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth to their son.

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17 August 1969 (UK) See more »

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Classic BBC Dickens serial
24 January 2018 | by jongibboSee all my reviews

At one time, a fixture of BBC Sunday teatime schedules was the classic serial. I remember this when it was first broadcast, and the big impression that it made on me. It encouraged me to read Dickens, and although I wouldn't call myself a fan of Dickens, I did read several of his novels, reacting to them with a mixture of enjoyment and frustration. The recent issue of this serial on DVD enabled me to have another look at it. Nearly fifty years on, I can see why it grabbed my attention. It is a very effective dramatization. It tells the story of Paul Dombey, a rich businessman who is desperate for a son to carry on the business. His first child is a daughter, Florence, but women are of no importance in his world. His second child is a son, but his wife dies after giving birth, and his son is a sickly child who will also die while still a schoolboy. He then enters into a second marriage. It is a loveless marriage. He does not see his new wife, Edith as any more of a person than his daughter Florence. He does, however, deeply resent that they get on well together, and tries to put a stop to their friendship. All this is very effectively portrayed. I found myself becoming involved with these people and wanting to know what would become of them. To me, this is the BBC at it's best.


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