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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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1982  
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
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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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(in four episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The stage version won four of its many Tony Award nominations when it played on Broadway. The television version, with nearly all of the same cast, the same set designer, the same script, and the same director, won only one Emmy, but it was for Best Miniseries. The other awards it was nominated for were won by actors and staff who worked on the miniseries "The Winds at War" and "The Thorn Birds". See more »

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Version of A Yorkshire School (1910) See more »

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The best Nicholas Nickleby
20 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

After seeing the 2001 adaptation, I said I would see this theatre adaptation, and it was well worth the time and every bit as good as it was touted to be. It is the best adaptation of Dickens' novel easily, there are a few things missing but it is very faithful to the mammoth and somewhat structurally sprawling source material, in detail and in spirit. The costumes and sets are not exactly grand(then again this is a stage adaptation rather than a film or TV series, which would have a different feel), but they do look good and scenes move swiftly and don't interfere with the drama at all. The sound effects are well-incorporated and never do they feel bizarre, while the dialogue is simply terrific, the story cohesive and emotionally impactful and the drama is done to the extent that you don't lose interest. The performances are even better than one could ask for. Roger Rees' Nicholas is outstanding, while the other actors are in multiple roles he plays this single role, this more than makes sense as Nicholas is the biggest role and he is on stage/screen almost the whole time. Emily Richard does a great job making much of a thankless role(if there is anything to criticise Dickens for, it was how he wrote his main female heroines), John Woodvine is a cold conflicted Ralph Nickleby, David Threlfall is astonishingly affecting as Smike and Alun Armstrong's Mr Wackford Squeers is funny and grotesque. In fact everybody play their roles true to character and seem to be having a lot of fun, and without falling into caricature as well. All in all, brilliant, if you love the book or Dickens there is no reason why you shouldn't see this. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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