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The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby 

A young man struggles to protect his family and friends from the schemes of his sinister uncle.
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Series cast summary:
Andrew Simpson ...  Nick Nickleby 5 episodes, 2012
Jonathan Harden ...  Newman Noggs 5 episodes, 2012
Adrian Dunbar ...  Ralph Nickleby 5 episodes, 2012
Linda Bassett ...  Mrs. Smike 5 episodes, 2012
Jayne Wisener ...  Kat Nickleby 5 episodes, 2012
Mark McDonnell Mark McDonnell ...  Squeers 5 episodes, 2012
Hollie Taylor ...  Frannie 5 episodes, 2012
James Greene ...  Mr. Cobbey 5 episodes, 2012
Gerry O'Brien ...  Hawkovsky 5 episodes, 2012
Barbara Adair Barbara Adair ...  Mrs. Graymarsh 5 episodes, 2012
Howell Evans Howell Evans ...  Mr. Bolder 5 episodes, 2012
Anna Wilson-Jones ...  Ms Knag 4 episodes, 2012
Caitlin Joseph Caitlin Joseph ...  Maddy Bhray 4 episodes, 2012
Bronagh Gallagher ...  Mrs. Nickleby 4 episodes, 2012
Yasmin Poppy Kaftar Yasmin Poppy Kaftar ...  Maia 4 episodes, 2012
Laurence Kennedy Laurence Kennedy ...  Verisopht 4 episodes, 2012
Ranjit Krishnamma Ranjit Krishnamma ...  Mr. Bhray 4 episodes, 2012
David Henry David Henry ...  Mr. Cheerybles 3 episodes, 2012
Tony Jayawardena Tony Jayawardena ...  Muzz 3 episodes, 2012
Edward Peel ...  Dr. Brightside 2 episodes, 2012
Indira Joshi ...  Mrs. Khenwigs 2 episodes, 2012
Clare Cathcart Clare Cathcart ...  Venetia Crummles 2 episodes, 2012
Freya Parks ...  Mariah Crummles 2 episodes, 2012
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In this modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel, the Nickleby family fall on hard times. Nick takes his mother and his younger sister Kat to London to ask for a loan from Ralph Nickleby, their estranged uncle. Ralph is trying to make a business deal with a notorious mobster, and isn't above using his teenage niece as a pawn in his schemes. Unaware of his uncle's sinister plans, Nick accepts a job at Dotheolds Hall, a care home owned by his uncle. It's just the beginning of Nick's adventures, when he helps seemingly senile Mrs. Smike escape from the abusive care takers... Written by L. Hamre

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5 November 2012 (UK) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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Actually a very good modern adaptation!
14 November 2012 | by spicy_demonSee all my reviews

I entirely disagree with anyone who dislikes this updated version of Dickens classic novel (especially the one negative review so far lodged for this series!)

It was extremely well adapted and re-imagined to instead be about abuse in an old people's home rather than the children's orphanage of the book. That coupled with the inspired pairing of Andrew Simpson (Nickleby) and Linda Bassett (Mrs. Smike) made this a strong and stirring adaptation. In the original book Smike is just a boy, but to give that part to an elderly woman, and such a brilliant and underrated character actress like Bassett, was a genius casting stroke. There was a good rapport between both actors.

I thought as well as the bold plot changes, the rest of the ensemble acting on the whole was uniformly excellent with Adrian Dunbar (the evil Uncle Ralph), Jonathan Harden (the sad-eyed and defeated Mr. Noggs) and the larger than life villain of Mark McDonnell as Mr. Squeers also deserving of mentions.

Anna Wilson-Jones and rising star Hollie Taylor also offered able support in their roles as Miss Knag and Frannie respectively.

The series was also very well directed in the stunning Northern Irish countryside (for the most part) and the script was witty, funny and touching at times too.

This was a superb adaptation of Dickens and the writer Joy Wilkinson should be commended for not just doing another period drama adaptation of Dickens characters in Victorian times, but actually updating the story and putting a modern spin on an old classic. Definitely worth a watch for families across the UK and beyond!


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