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David Copperfield 

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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.
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Complete series cast summary:
Daniel Radcliffe ...  Young David 2 episodes, 1999
Trevor Eve ...  Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Michael Elphick ...  Barkis 2 episodes, 1999
James Thornton James Thornton ...  Ham Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Dan Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Gummidge 2 episodes, 1999
Laura Harling Laura Harling ...  Little Emily 2 episodes, 1999
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Miss Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Tong ...  Lady in coach 2 episodes, 1999
Karl Johnson ...  Tungay 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McKellen ...  Creakle 2 episodes, 1999
Harry Lloyd ...  Young Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Swinscoe Steve Swinscoe ...  Quinion 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Maher Thomas Maher ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1999
Bob Hoskins ...  Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Sproule Peter Sproule ...  Bootmaker 2 episodes, 1999
Imelda Staunton ...  Mrs. Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Whitehouse ...  Pawnbroker 2 episodes, 1999
Brian Abbott Brian Abbott ...  Constable 2 episodes, 1999
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ...  Tinker 2 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie Emily McKenzie ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McNeice ...  Mr. Dick 2 episodes, 1999
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Uriah Heep 2 episodes, 1999
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Mr. Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Antonia Corrigan Antonia Corrigan ...  Young Agnes 2 episodes, 1999
Amanda Ryan ...  Agnes Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Ciarán McMenamin ...  David Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
James Grout ...  Mr. Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Dawn French ...  Mrs. Crupp 2 episodes, 1999
Joanna Page ...  Dora Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Clare Wilkie Clare Wilkie ...  Julia Mills 2 episodes, 1999
Tom Wilkinson ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1999
Emilia Fox ...  Clara Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
Pauline Quirke ...  Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Maggie Smith ...  Betsey Trotwood 2 episodes, 1999
John Normington ...  Dr. Chillip 2 episodes, 1999


David Copperfield lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara and their housekeeper Peggotty. His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school, but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber and moves in with the man and his loving family, but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood. She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. As he grows, older David is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora. Life's challenges continue to confront him but with the help of friends and family, he overcomes adversity including his aunt's loss of her savings, the death of his wife and the ... Written by garykmcd

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One boy against the world.




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Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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GBP4,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


John Sullivan, the writer of Only Fools and Horses.... (1981), was originally slated to write this adaptation, with David Jason cast as Mr. Micawber, effectively re-uniting him with his Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst as Uriah Heep. However, Sullivan left the production when the BBC moved it from the comedy department to make it into a full-blown period drama instead (even though it still boasts numerous stars of BBC comedy in various roles). The role of Mr. Micawber eventually went to Bob Hoskins. Sullivan then wrote his own mini-series for ITV1 in 2001 based on this character called "Micawber", where Jason then took on the title role. See more »


The younger Davy is right-handed; the elder Davy is left-handed. See more »


Betsey Trotwood: [to Jane Murdstone] Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and I'll knock your bonnet off. And tread upon it!
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Version of David Copperfield (1965) See more »


From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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A must for young Potter/Radcliffe Fans
2 February 2006 | by MandyjamSee all my reviews

This is Daniel Radcliffe's first movie, and he is wonderful in it!

Charles Dickens, who wrote this story, lived in the 1800's. He is the only author whose popularity has come near to equalling that of JK Rowling! In his day, books were often published as serials in the newspaper. Dicken's books were so popular that people would queue in the street, waiting for the papers to arrive so they could read the next chapter. When a child died in one of the stories, people in both England and America went into mourning!

In the book, David Copperfield tells his own story, from his birth (which is both sad and funny) to his marriage. Dicken's based the story of David Copperfield partly, but not exactly, on his own life. The dear, funny, optimistic Mr McCawber who cannot pay his debts, is based on Dicken's own father who was thrown in prison for unpaid bills.

The terrible school and factory that David is put into by his cruel stepfather are taken from Dicken's life.

Daniel plays David as a child. He is perfectly suited to the role. Among the other characters we find Zoe Wannamaker (Madame Hooch) as his horrible aunt and Imelda Staunton (who has just been chosen as Umbridge) playing the poor wife with soooo many kids who is in despair over her penniless husband.

But the biggest star of the show is Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagal) who plays the very eccentric but lovable Betsy Trotwood, who comes to adore David, but cannot stand donkeys under any circumstance!

There is another lovely crazy character called Mr Dick and the ultimate crreeep called Uriah Heep. He is the slimiest, sneakiest, smarmiest person that you can imagine! There is just one real disappointment- the young man who plays the grown-up David! He doesn't look enough like Daniel. He has a very smug expression. His accent is wrong! His acting is not at all convincing! I really wish that they had chosen someone else! For young people who can read great big complex books like The Order of the Phoenix, this is for YOU! Mandyjam

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