Bleak House

Bleak House

Gillian Anderson
Director: Justin Chadwick, Susanna White Cast: Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson
, Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
Justin Chadwick, Susanna White,

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the messy inheritance case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been trickling through the courts for years with no end in sight. Nobleman John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) has seen the case destroy more than one life, so when he becomes guardian to three young people -- beautiful Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), Ada's cousin Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy), and her devoted companion, Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) -- he vows to shield them from its pernicious effects by bringing them to the safety of his estate, the eponymous Bleak House. Richard, however, becomes obsessed with the unattainable Jarndyce inheritance, to the detriment of his career and mental health. Esther, meanwhile, remains haunted by her origins; the product of a scandalous pregnancy, she was raised by her aunt and knows nothing about her dead mother's identity. Meanwhile, imperious noblewoman Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) plots to hide the evidence of her own mysterious past -- a quest that leads her to the intrigue surrounding Jarndyce and Jarndyce. She is but one of dozens of characters who find themselves drawn into the lawsuit's web of corruption, blackmail, and murder. Bleak House debuted October 27, 2005, on BBC One. It received its U.S. premiere on January 22, 2006, on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, where the 15 British episodes were combined into six longer blocks. Britain's Royal Television Society named the series Best Drama Serial of 2005. A previous adaptation of Dickens' novel ran on Masterpiece Theatre in 1985.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
UPC: 0883929042562
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 7:45:00
Sales rank: 25,452

Special Features

Interviews with Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson and Charles Dance; Commentaries with writer Andrew Davies, producer Nigel Stafford-Clark and directors Justin Chadwick and Susanna White; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gillian Anderson Lady Dedlock,Actress
Patrick Kennedy Richard Carstone
Carey Mulligan Actor
Nathaniel Parker Actor
Sevan Stephan Mr. Tangle
Alistair McGowan Mr. Kenge
Burn Gorman Guppy
Charles Dance Mr. Tulkinghorn
Denis Lawson John Jarndyce
Anna Maxwell Martin Esther Summerson
Timothy West Sir Leicester
Patrick Kennedy Actor

Technical Credits
Justin Chadwick Director
Susanna White Director
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Simon Elliot Production Designer
Sally Haynes Executive Producer
Kate Rhodes James Casting
Paul Knight Editor
John Lunn Score Composer
Laura Mackie Executive Producer
Kieran McGuigan Cinematographer
Nigel Stafford-Clark Producer

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