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David Copperfield 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Daniel Radcliffe ...  Young David 2 episodes, 1999
Trevor Eve ...  Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Michael Elphick ...  Barkis 2 episodes, 1999
James Thornton James Thornton ...  Ham Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Dan Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Gummidge 2 episodes, 1999
Laura Harling Laura Harling ...  Little Emily 2 episodes, 1999
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Miss Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Tong ...  Lady in coach 2 episodes, 1999
Karl Johnson ...  Tungay 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McKellen ...  Creakle 2 episodes, 1999
Harry Lloyd ...  Young Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Swinscoe Steve Swinscoe ...  Quinion 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Maher Thomas Maher ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1999
Bob Hoskins ...  Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Sproule Peter Sproule ...  Bootmaker 2 episodes, 1999
Imelda Staunton ...  Mrs. Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Whitehouse ...  Pawnbroker 2 episodes, 1999
Brian Abbott Brian Abbott ...  Constable 2 episodes, 1999
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ...  Tinker 2 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie Emily McKenzie ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McNeice ...  Mr. Dick 2 episodes, 1999
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Uriah Heep 2 episodes, 1999
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Mr. Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Antonia Corrigan ...  Young Agnes 2 episodes, 1999
Amanda Ryan ...  Agnes Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Ciarán McMenamin ...  David Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
James Grout ...  Mr. Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Dawn French ...  Mrs. Crupp 2 episodes, 1999
Joanna Page ...  Dora Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Clare Wilkie Clare Wilkie ...  Julia Mills 2 episodes, 1999
Tom Wilkinson ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1999
Emilia Fox ...  Clara Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
Pauline Quirke ...  Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Maggie Smith ...  Betsey Trotwood 2 episodes, 1999
John Normington ...  Dr. Chillip 2 episodes, 1999
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David Copperfield (Daniel Radcliffe) lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara Emilia Fox) and their housekeeper Peggotty (Pauline Quirke). His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone (Trevor Eve) is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school, but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul-smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber (Bob Hoskins) and moves in with the man and his loving family, but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood (Dame Maggie Smith). She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield (Oliver Ford Davies) and his daughter Agnes (Antonia Corrigan). As he grows, older David (Ciarán McMenamin) is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora (Joanna Page). Life's challenges ... Written by garykmcd

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One boy against the world.




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Did You Know?


The white gown worn by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) while being courted by Mr. Murdstone, is the same costume worn by Samantha Morton (Harriet Smith) during Emma's fantasy sequence of Harriet marrying Mr. Elton in Emma (1996), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) in Byron (2003). See more »


The younger Davy is right-handed; the elder Davy is left-handed. See more »


Murdstone: This boy, you should know, Miss Trotwood, has a sullen, rebellious spirit, a violent temper and an intractable disposition.
Miss Murdstone: Of all the boys in the world, this is the worst boy.
Betsey Trotwood: Strong, Miss Murdstone.
Miss Murdstone: But not at all too strong for the situation.
Betsey Trotwood: Indeed? Well, sir?
Murdstone: I placed this boy in a respectable business. He ran away from it. The facts, I propose, speak for themselves.
Betsey Trotwood: About this respectable business, a blacking factory, I believe. If he had been your own boy, you would have put him to it just the...
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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29 August 2006 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

There is little point in outlining the story. Everyone in the world except the very young and the gaga must know it, and there have been numerous great movie adaptations of the Dickens classic. This 1999 production must be one of the very best.

Bob Hoskins as one of Dickens's most loved characters, Wilkins Micawber, was just about perfect. Likewise Dame Maggie Smith as Betsey Trotwood. And who could have portrayed Uriah Heep (with obvious relish) more cringingly 'umble than Nicholas Lyndhurst? (Years of practise as the under sibling in "Only Fools & Horses" paying off at last no doubt.) It was a lovely evil performance by him, and delightfully (I suspect deliberately) just a smidgen over the top.

Apart from the above, who was the most outstanding in the impressive cast? Answer...no-one. They all were. Every individual contribution was magnificent.

It is difficult to fault this two-part production of "David Copperfield" in any way. Acting, interpretation, sets, casting, music, cinematography, script, pace and direction. All were equally superb, and I think it will be a long time before it is even remotely bettered by any future one.

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25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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