Bleak House (2005)
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Half of London takes in interest in the long-running, complicated case of the inheritance of John Jarndyce Sr., a fortune disputed for generations in the Court of Chancery. The interests of... See full summary »


Justin Chadwick


Andrew Davies (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Esther Summerson
Ian Richardson ... Chancellor
Anthony Cozens Anthony Cozens ... Usher
Sevan Stephan Sevan Stephan ... Mr. Tangle
Charles Dance ... Mr. Tulkinghorn
Alistair McGowan ... Mr. Kenge
Alastair Galbraith ... Mr. Brownlow
Gillian Anderson ... Lady Dedlock
Timothy West ... Sir Leicester Dedlock
Tony Haygarth ... Gridley
Patrick Kennedy ... Richard Carstone
Carey Mulligan ... Ada Clare
Pauline Collins ... Miss Flite
Ruby Williams Ruby Williams ... Little Esther
Kelly Hunter ... Miss Barbary


Half of London takes in interest in the long-running, complicated case of the inheritance of John Jarndyce Sr., a fortune disputed for generations in the Court of Chancery. The interests of orphaned juvenile relatives Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, wards of the court, are handled by attorney Kenge, hired by wealthy philanthropist John Jarndyce Jr., who even hired companion Esther Summerson and welcomes them in his fine home. Meanwhile sinister Mr. Tulkinghorn defends the interests of old Sir Leicester Dedlock and his younger wife, who has a secret past with destitute copyist and decorated veteran 'Nemo'. Written by KGF Vissers

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22 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sir Leicester Dedlock: Is it still raining, my love?
Lady Dedlock: Yes.
Sir Leicester Dedlock: Remarkable.
Lady Dedlock: And I am bored to death with it.
Lady Dedlock: Well...
Lady Dedlock: Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.
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Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique': II. Adagio cantabile
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Well Set Up
13 March 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I've read every book Charles Dickens wrote. I have to admit, this one was one of the hardest to stay with. However, seeing it dramatized makes me want to take it out again and give it another shot. The story involves two young people who are possible heirs to a huge sum of money that has been tied up in the courts for decades. We have a third, Esther, who is a common girl, who is there to look after the other young woman. It seems the man whose money it was left several wills and the lawyers have been battling over it. The three young people have been sent to a descendant of the late Mr. Jarndyce to live in his house until of age. There are a smattering of characters, a Mr. Guppy (you can imaging), a Mr. Nemo, Mrs & Mrs. Dedlock, and a cast of poor people, living off the streets. There is something suspicious about many of them. I assume, in true Dickens fashion, they will begin to show their true colors. Esther is the obvious heroine at this point.

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