Bleak House (2005)
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Episode #1.7 

Guppy finds alcohol addict Krook, burned to death in gin, which the coroner's court rules 'spontaneous combustion'. Guppy thus fails to get hold of Nemo's love letters, nor to ascertain if ... See full summary »

Director:

Justin Chadwick

Writers:

Andrew Davies (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Angelou Katie Angelou ... Charley Neckett
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Esther Summerson
Nathaniel Parker ... Harold Skimpole
Alun Armstrong ... Bucket
Charles Dance ... Mr. Tulkinghorn
Denis Lawson ... John Jarndyce
Carey Mulligan ... Ada Clare
Lisa Hammond ... Harriet
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Rouncewell
Gillian Anderson ... Lady Dedlock
Johnny Vegas ... Krook
Pauline Collins ... Miss Flite
Sean McGinley ... Snagsby
Burn Gorman ... Guppy
Benedict Martin ... Policeman Outside Krook's
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Guppy finds alcohol addict Krook, burned to death in gin, which the coroner's court rules 'spontaneous combustion'. Guppy thus fails to get hold of Nemo's love letters, nor to ascertain if they were burned or are part of the estate, which is claimed by Smallweed, engaging Tulkinhorn, who now manages to make sergeant George show him Hawdon's letters. Richard decides to engage his own lawyer in the Jardnyce inheritance case. Esther Summerson's reckless amateur nursing of urchin Joe and others ends in her own contagion with often fatal pox. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Release Date:

17 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Spontaneous Combustion!
14 March 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A great episode. Sadly, Esther contracts smallpox, but survives. Her face is badly pockmarked but her courage doesn't wane. Ada is there for her. Meanwhile, Mr. Guppy tries to create his extortion method but gets to Krook too late. According to the coroner's inquest, he dies of spontaneous combustion. Guppy is beside himself. No one knows if the letters were consumed in the fire. Tulkinghorn becomes aware of Guppy's involvement. Also, young Jo disappears, most likely the doing of Skimpole, the rat who hangs around Bleak House and is tolerated for some reason. Sergeant George is threatened again and must decide whether to cotton to Tulkinghorn's and Smallweed's wishes.


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