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Little Dorrit, Series 1TV-GClosed Captioning

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This gripping new series by Andrew Davies brings to life Dickens's powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. 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?

Customer Reviews

So glad it won an Emmy!

After having finished this I felt like I'd actually seen something Dickensian and not an interpretation of his work; the true, good characters as well as the sleezy over-written ones as well as the serialized plot which seems somewhat stilted in places but works out with a terrific happy ending. I put it down to Andrew Davies.

I almost didn't recognize Andy Serkis! And Matthew Macfadyen is a very sympathetic Dickensian character. Claire Foy is marvelous--it is difficult to keep up the very virtuous characters Dickens thought up but she holds her own very nicely and even seems realistic (VERY DIFFICULT and not a popular role in today's films).

On a random note--the historical textiles in this were very nice to see in the close-ups. I usually buy these sorts of things to knit through and this was lovely--down to the buttons:)

Beautiful and touching

A marvelous adaptation (by the wonderful Andrew Davies) with a stellar cast and high production values. Most highly recommended.


Another wonderful Dickens story with great plot twists and compelling, quirky characters. I couldn't stop watching. Top quality entertainment here!

Little Dorrit, Series 1
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: Oct 26, 2008
  • CCin English

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