Bleak House (2005)
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Tulkinghorn locates Nemo but too late as the man is dead. The coroner rules his death accidental. Nemo has left something important behind however.Young Richard Carstone decides that he ... See full summary »


Justin Chadwick


Andrew Davies (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dance ... Mr. Tulkinghorn
Johnny Vegas ... Krook
John Lynch ... Nemo
Harry Eden ... Jo
Carey Mulligan ... Ada Clare
Patrick Kennedy ... Richard Carstone
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Esther Summerson
Denis Lawson ... John Jarndyce
Nathaniel Parker ... Harold Skimpole
Richard Harrington ... Allan Woodcourt
Sean McGinley ... Snagsby
Pauline Collins ... Miss Flite
Peter Guinness ... Coroner
Paul Sirr Paul Sirr ... Clergyman
Timothy West ... Sir Leicester Dedlock


Tulkinghorn locates Nemo but too late as the man is dead. The coroner rules his death accidental. Nemo has left something important behind however.Young Richard Carstone decides that he needs to get on with his life and decides to pursue his career in the medical profession. He and Ada's solicitor, Mr. Kenge, finds him a position with Mr. Bayham Badger who has agreed to supervise his studies. He will have to leave Bleak House however. At Mr. Bayham's home, Esther Summerson meets a young doctor, Mr. Allan Woodcort. Written by garykmcd

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The Evils of Chancery
17 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Charles Dickens is very difficult to adapt, 'Bleak House' being the most complicated with its long length, complex and narratively and character rich and sprawling (somewhat) nature. It is not one of the most gripping or accessible first reads, but being older and being more familiar with Dickens' style it strikes me as classic Dickens in a good way. Despite its complexity it's easier to read now, and watching this adaptation really helped at the time.

After an outstanding first episode of the second, more accessible, better known and equally brilliant adaptation of 'Bleak House' (after the 1985 one), it is hard to not expect a second episode as good or preferably on the same level and perhaps better. Wasn't disappointed at all. The pacing hasn't loosened and the story and characterisation are richer. As an adaptation, it's wonderful, it is every bit as successful on its own terms.

The first episode was a setting things up one and introducing everything, which it did outstandingly. Episode 2 builds upon what was set up before, again doing so outstandingly.

Episode 2 looks wonderful once again. It's beautifully shot and the Victorian era is nailed in both look and atmosphere, although the buildings and costumes are so handsome to look at one can feel and smell the full impact of the dangerous living conditions present in the era. The music fits nicely.

Once again, the characters and story are treated with respect while still making it easy enough to follow. The intensity has also increased, with Tulkinghorn being even more of a nasty piece of work. The dialogue is thought provoking and with the right emotional impact, type and amount.

While all the performances are never less than strong, the outstanding one comes from sinister Charles Dance. Gillian Anderson has lost none of her haunting presence as Lady Dedlock as well.

In conclusion, outstanding. 10/10

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