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Series cast summary:
 Mrs. Clennam 12 episodes, 2008
 Mrs. Plornish 10 episodes, 2008
 John Chivery 10 episodes, 2008
 Cavalletto 10 episodes, 2008
 Mrs. Merdle 10 episodes, 2008
 Pet Gowan / ... 9 episodes, 2008
 Henry Gowan 9 episodes, 2008
 Mr. Meagles 9 episodes, 2008
 Tattycoram 8 episodes, 2008
Janine Duvitski ...
 Mrs. Meagles 8 episodes, 2008
 Mr. Merdle 7 episodes, 2008
 Scary Butler 7 episodes, 2008
 Affery / ... 7 episodes, 2008
 Miss Wade 7 episodes, 2008
 Flora Finching 7 episodes, 2008
 Plornish 6 episodes, 2008
 Mr. F's Aunt 6 episodes, 2008


The 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's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked. Written by Anonymous

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The blue-gray coat with 12 cloth-covered buttons on the bodice Freema Agyeman (Tattycoram) wears is the same costume Julie Cox(Annabella Milbanke) wears in London in Byron (2003), and Ruby Bentall (Mary Bennet) wears at Longbourn in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »


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Great dramatisation of Dickens' story of debt and greed...and desire
8 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oh, I do love a good period drama… I got interested enough after one episode of this to re-read the book for the first time in 10 years, and was impressed by how very dark and cynical Dickens' tone is. The show is well-shot and well made, and does the book justice in almost every way. The only thing which is – so far – slightly lost is the cynicism: the staggering incompetence and idleness of the Circumlocution Office is meant to be an attack on the whole governmental administration system. Likewise, the inordinate raising up of one person above others on a great balloon of hot air, and the great, national disgrace that was the imprisonment of whole families for debt. The intensity of the satire is missing – which is a great shame, since a central part of the story finds its perfect parallel in events unfolding both in this country and elsewhere right now. That was a missed opportunity – but I suspect the show wouldn't have attracted such ready funding and promotion if it laid the satire on too thick at the expense of say, the costumes (yawn).

The casting is excellent, and it seems almost unfair to single out individuals from the list, including Judy Parfitt's cold Mrs Clennam, Tom Courtenay's vain, haunted Mr Dorrit, Russell Tovey's charmingly emotional young Chivery, Claire Foy's delicate, youthful Amy and Matthew McFadyen's kind-hearted, generous Arthur. Ruth Jones' wondrous recreation of the voluminous Flora is bettered only by Annette Crosbie's frankly terrifying Aunt. (She's how I want to be when I get old!) I'd been disappointed by McFadyen's Mr Darcy in the Joe Wright film "Pride & Prejudice" - it was almost at times as if he had been stuffed, and his looks were somehow lost in the mix. Here all his best attributes are to the fore – his eyes, his height, his voice and manner, the excellence of his diction – all these create a warm, breathing man out of really quite flimsy material. In the book and even in this dramatisation, Arthur is a rather shadowy presence, on the sidelines while things happen to those around him. Yet his appearance each week is like a beacon, a feeling of warmth, like home.

Claire Foy does a really wonderful job as the title character. Dickens' heroines used to drive me mad – so tiny and blushing and always so very, irritatingly good, drat them. Foy manages to be all of these things, but to be likable too, and I very much admire her for it. The way she looks at her father – half with love, half with pity – is spot on. Tom Courtenay is brilliant – I can't imagine anyone else being able to bring so much to the character of this foolish, vain, blind Mr Dorritt. I kept missing episodes and having to watch them on the (BBC's excellent i-player) catch up site. Now I've at last seen the final episode I think it's sadly rushed, missing a few voyeuristic opportunities for catching up on some of the minor characters seen in the series. However the scenes between John Chivery, Arthur and Amy are moving and beautifully handled. I will definitely be getting hold of the DVD. This one's a keeper.

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