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The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff 

BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.
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Robert Webb ...  Jedrington Secret-Past 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Katherine Parkinson ...  Conceptiva 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Finlay Christie ...  Victor 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Ambra Lily Keegan Ambra Lily Keegan ...  Victoria 4 episodes, 2011-2012
Tim McInnerny ...  Harmswell Grimstone 3 episodes, 2012
Derek Griffiths Derek Griffiths ...  Pusweasel 3 episodes, 2012
Sarah Hadland ...  Primly Tightclench 3 episodes, 2012
Kevin Eldon ...  Servegood 3 episodes, 2012
Blake Harrison ...  Smalcolm 3 episodes, 2012
Mark Evans Mark Evans ...  Businessman / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2012
David Mitchell ...  Jolliforth Jollington 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ...  Mrs. Grrumblechoop 2 episodes, 2012
Fergus Craig Fergus Craig ...  Poor Person 2 episodes, 2012
Margaret Cabourn-Smith Margaret Cabourn-Smith ...  Moustache Woman / ... 2 episodes, 2012
Adrian Edmondson ...  Headmaster Wackville 2 episodes, 2012
Hector McCormick Hector McCormick ...  Date-And-Time Boy / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Calum MacPherson Calum MacPherson ...  Gob / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Abigail Burdess Abigail Burdess ...  Mary-Anne / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
Dave Lamb Dave Lamb ...  Ghost of Christmas Past / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2012
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BBC comedy series parodying the works of Charles Dickens and heavily influenced by a similar, long-running radio series. A respectable shopkeeper, Jedrington Secret-Past, (unsurprisingly) discovers that he has a secret past.

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December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Loja Sombria See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Well, I liked it!
31 December 2011 | by SivvussaSee all my reviews

I was quite surprised to come on here and see bad reviews... but I guess if you watch this program expecting it to be a thoughtful satire of Dickens then you might be a little disappointed. This program is, in a word, silly- and it is fantastic at being silly! Someone mentioned that it has the 'usual suspects' of the Beeb getting together- something they saw as a bad thing. Now, I am a fan of Mitchell, Webb, Fry etc, but putting that aside- this program seemed to me like a group of people getting together and having a laugh. So yes, the actors seem to be typecast... but they're playing the roles they love to play.

I don't think they were trying to be clever or make a new classic, they're just having fun. There are lots of shout-outs to Dickens (and our modern conceptions/interpretations of Dickens- Mitchell's character literally swelling with joy being a good example).

No, there's not much substance. There's a hearty nod to the Dickensian plot, a liberal smattering of caricatures and a mob of cannibalistic urchins. There are false moustaches and clockwork hats. There are silly ideas, and clever ideas (the three clocks).

Don't watch this expecting a serious film. Get some popcorn, relax and enjoy an hour of pastiche. You'll get to see Webb in a leading role, and you can play 'spot the comedian' with the supporting cast. Stephen Fry makes a fun villain with a stunning selection of hats. Robert Webb gets cooked with onions and arrested for not being manly. Parkinson gets addicted to treacle. Watch it, you'll enjoy it. ;)


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