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Little Dorrit

Synopsis
A television version of the novel by Charles Dickens adapted into fourteen episodes by Andrew Davies. When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother’s house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. The cold and forbidding Mrs Clennam isn’t usually given to charity, so why has she made an exception in taking on Amy? Is she making reparations for a past wrongdoing? Arthur’s quest to discover the truth takes him to the Marshalsea Prison for Debt. Here he meets and befriends Amy’s father, William Dorrit, who is the prison’s longest serving inmate. As he tries to help the Dorrits, Arthur discovers that the dark shadow of debt stretches far beyond the walls of the Marshalsea Prison, to affect the lives of many. Just as it is possible to climb to the very top in London Society’s intricate game of snakes and ladders, so it is possible to slip right down. But if Arthur succeeds in unravelling the mystery of his family’s past, where will it leave him in the scheme of things? And where will it leave the Dorrits?

Matthew Macfadyen stars as Arthur, whose return from overseas changes the Dorrits’ lives irrevocably. The kind-hearted Amy is played by newcomer Claire Foy whilst Tom Courtenay stars as her father. James Fleet is her careworn uncle Frederick, Emma Pierson is her flighty elder sister Fanny and Eve Myles her best friend Maggie. Amanda Redman occupies the topmost branch in the social tree as Mrs Merdle and Andy Serkis plays the dastardly French villain Rigaud. Ruth Jones, Bill Paterson, Janine Duvitski, Freema Agyeman, Maxine Peake, Eddie Marsan, Annette Crosbie, Judy Parfitt and Pam Ferris also star.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
Dickens, Charles (1812-1870); Victorian life

Credits

Writer
Charles Dickens
Screenplay
Andrew Davies
Cast
Annette Crosbie 
Bill Paterson 
James Fleet 
Tom Courtenay 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£34.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
480 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
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