Great Expectations (2011–2012)
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Episode #1.1 

In the 1810s orphan boy Pip Pirrup lives on the Kent marshes with his shrewish sister and her kindly husband,farrier Joe Gargery. On Christmas eve,whilst visiting his parents' grave, he is ... See full summary »


Brian Kirk


Sarah Phelps (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Abel Magwitch
Oscar Kennedy ... Young Pip
Shaun Dooley ... Joe Gargery
Jack Roth ... Dolge Orlick
Claire Rushbrook ... Mrs. Joe
Mark Addy ... Pumblechook
Paul Rhys ... Compeyson
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Sergeant
Mary Roscoe Mary Roscoe ... Hannah
Gillian Anderson ... Miss Havisham
Izzy Meikle-Small ... Young Estella
Andrew Bone Andrew Bone ... Raymond Pocket
Abigail Bond Abigail Bond ... Camilla Pocket
David Suchet ... Jaggers
Eros Vlahos ... Young Herbert Pocket


In the 1810s orphan boy Pip Pirrup lives on the Kent marshes with his shrewish sister and her kindly husband,farrier Joe Gargery. On Christmas eve,whilst visiting his parents' grave, he is confronted by an escaped convict who scares him into stealing a file from Joe's forge to cut his fetters though the man is quickly recaptured without incriminating Pip. In the new year Pip is introduced to Miss Havisham in her decaying mansion Satis House. Still wearing the bridal gown in which she was jilted decades earlier,she tells Pip to play cards with her adopted daughter Estella,who,despite her rudeness, captivates the boy. Miss Havisham also summons Joe to pay the fee for Pip's apprenticeship at the forge but,whilst they are signing the papers at Satis House, Mrs Joe,who has recently quarrelled with her husband's assistant,Orlick,is attacked and struck dumb. As the years pass the teen-aged Pip works for Joe,who cannot afford to keep Orlick on. Then one day Mr Jaggers,a lawyer,arrives to tell... Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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[Miss Havisham shows Pip a butterfly collection]
Miss Havisham: Look closer if you wish. My brother's collection. He went to the furthest reaches of the earth in his quest for the purest specimen of beauty. And when he found it, he stuck a pin through its heart. He's dead now. Cholera. In the tropics. Struck down in his relentless pursuit of beauty. Perhaps it was beauty's revenge to stop his heart when he had stopped so many others.
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Episode 1 very good
1 January 2012 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

IMDb does not seem to be allowing us to review the whole serial in one go, so here goes for episode 1. It's very good. I found the scenes on the marshes with Magwitch and Pip thrilling, even though I have seen similar scenes in previous versions.

Young Oscar Kennedy is a real find. He is excellent as young Pip in every respect, better than any I have seen before. It's a pity he couldn't suddenly age and perform the remainder, as Douglas Booth is far less good as adult Pip.

I'm not so keen on Gillian Anderson as Miss H. She seems a bit too airy-fairy and her house is not dismal enough.

Also, the script does not quite bring out clearly enough Pip's desire to become a gentleman in order to impress Estella. It's also a pity they left out Biddy, who is meant to be the down-to-earth alternative love interest that Pip could have gone for.

Despite these niggles, it's very good and highly to be recommended. It's just a pity about episode 2...

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