Richard is deep in debt and trough with the Army. Ada offers him her inheritance to cover his debts, but he decides to leave service and devote himself to the trial full-time. Doctor Allan Woodcourt ...
Sergeant George is released by detective Bucket, who is on lady Dedlock's trail. Guppy fails to acquire her compromising letters as Smallwood expects to get more money from sir Leicester and is just ...
Lady Dedlock dies on the steps of the burial ground where her lover, Hawdon, was anonymously interred. Richard, now married to Ada, continues to pursue the legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce with an...
[Talking of Esther after she recovers from Small Pox]
I blame my self.
You blame yourself for an act of kindness. No sir, the person to blame is the one who calls himself God. What deity is it that would inflict such an illness on an innocent girl?
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Gillian Anderson is luminous as Lady Dedlock in this adaptation of Dickens's Bleak House. She is helped by the highly atmospheric, Gothic type lighting in many of the scenes which mirrors the dourness and dirt of the era. Particularly effective, are the parts shot in the squalid Victorian homes on winding staircases with peeling paint. Although not yet complete, this is a joy to watch with just the right balance of suspense and comedy. I have had to restrain myself from dipping into the book to find out the ending. I can't remember the last British costume drama I saw which showcased as much acting talent as this, whether it is the dastardly lawyer played by Charles Dance or the slatternly mother who is Lisa Tarbuck; watch out especially for Pauline Collins (a known talent) and Johnny Vegas (a revelation) who are both really rather good. I believe Sheila Hancok is going to appear soon and I am looking forward to that too.
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