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Little Dorrit 

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This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Claire Foy ...  Amy Dorrit 14 episodes, 2008
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Arthur Clennam 14 episodes, 2008
Tom Courtenay ...  Mr. Dorrit 14 episodes, 2008
Judy Parfitt ...  Mrs. Clennam / ... 14 episodes, 2008
Emma Pierson ...  Fanny Dorrit / ... 14 episodes, 2008
Alun Armstrong ...  Flintwinch / ... 13 episodes, 2008
Eddie Marsan ...  Pancks 12 episodes, 2008
Jason Thorpe ...  Cavalletto 12 episodes, 2008
Sebastian Armesto ...  Edmund Sparkler / ... 12 episodes, 2008
Andy Serkis ...  Rigaud 11 episodes, 2008
Rosie Cavaliero ...  Mrs. Plornish 11 episodes, 2008
Amanda Redman ...  Mrs. Merdle 11 episodes, 2008
Russell Tovey ...  John Chivery 10 episodes, 2008
Georgia King ...  Pet Gowan / ... 10 episodes, 2008
Alex Wyndham ...  Henry Gowan 10 episodes, 2008
Freema Agyeman ...  Tattycoram 10 episodes, 2008
Zubin Varla ...  Daniel Doyce 10 episodes, 2008
Maxine Peake ...  Miss Wade 10 episodes, 2008
Ruth Jones ...  Flora Finching 10 episodes, 2008
James Fleet ...  Frederick Dorrit 9 episodes, 2008
Ron Cook ...  Chivery 9 episodes, 2008
Bill Paterson ...  Mr. Meagles 9 episodes, 2008
Anton Lesser ...  Mr. Merdle 9 episodes, 2008
Sue Johnston ...  Affery / ... 9 episodes, 2008
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. General 9 episodes, 2008
Annette Crosbie ...  Mr. F's Aunt 9 episodes, 2008
Janine Duvitski ...  Mrs. Meagles 8 episodes, 2008
Eve Myles ...  Maggy 8 episodes, 2008
Arthur Darvill ...  Tip Dorrit 8 episodes, 2008
Nicholas Jones ...  Scary Butler 7 episodes, 2008
Jason Watkins ...  Plornish 6 episodes, 2008
John Alderton ...  Mr. Casby 6 episodes, 2008


This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss' son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Did You Know?


The tan velvet hat worn by Maxine Peake (Miss Wade) is the same hat Marsha Fitzalan (Caroline Bingley) wore in the coach with Mr. Bingley in "Pride and Prejudice (1980)." See more »


Version of Novela: La pequeña Dorrit (1965) See more »

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Brilliant Dickens dramatisation, with outstanding performances and superlative period detail
5 November 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I admit I hadn't read the book for a long time, and I do remember finding it rather complicated. Reading it again, I found it an insightful piece of literature, but it isn't the easiest book to sink your teeth into at first. But along with 2005's Bleak House, this adaptation of Little Dorrit was absolutely brilliant, and by far one of the better dramatisations of 2008.

What is worth of mention is the period detail. It was stunning and truly evocative! You can never go wrong with realistic looking sets,skillful camera work, lavish costumes and breathtaking scenery, and this adaptation scored highly in all four of these areas. The music from John Lunn was gorgeous, and the scripts were of exceptional quality. The plot, may be a little complicated at times, but I will say at 17 I was hooked from minute one. I think it was to do with how every scene was shot and executed. There are a handful of poignant, bleak and truly haunting moments throughout.

Other than the overall closeness to the book and how it was filmed, what made this dramatisation was the quality of the performances. I don't think anybody gave a bad performance whatsoever. Claire Foy gives an appealing lead performance as Amy, and Matthew MacFadyen is charming and handsome. Tom Courtenay is truly heart-wrenching as Amy's father, in one of his best understated performances, and I do think Courtenay is in some ways undervalued as an actor, Allun Armstrong is as reliable as ever as Jeremiah and Andy Serkis steals every scene he's in in a truly sinister performance as Rigaud (who is a real creep). And I found his accent convincing, if anything he could have done with more screen time.

Overall, I cannot sing my praises enough of this fine dramatisation of Dickens' book. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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