From the fog and squalor of Victorian London to the idyllic tranquillity of rural England, Dickens' tale of tragedy, intrigue and love, and stinging satire on the English legal system, is faithfully recreated in this BBC drama series. The story closely follows the characters involved in the infamous court case of Jarndyce versus Jarndyce that relies heavily on the production of an up-to-date will in order to settle the inheritance. Three young people are taken in by the generous guardian John Jarndyce to be cared for at Bleak House while they await the outcome of the court case. Meanwhile a ruthless lawyer is determined to find out the truth surrounding the Lady Dedlock's mysterious past and after deep investigation he makes a discovery that changes all their lives.
"Brilliantly modern and essentially Dickensian...tense, pace and star-studded." -- The Telegraph
Bleak House has always been recognized as one of Charles Dickens literary masterworks, but this adaptation is fast-moving, daring, gripping television. Here is the murder mystery, the love story, the comic genius and the tantalising scandal of the novel but, stripped of its sentimentality, we find ourselves swept along by a pulsating and edgy drama.
Out of an interminable court case spin three young people each searching for their place in the world. Their story moves fast swirling through an incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers to ruthless lawyers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd, relentless detective until the final thrilling climax.
With a screenplay by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice), Bleak House features a galaxy of major stars from feature film, television and comedy.
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
Cast includes: Gillian Anderson, Alun Armstrong, Charlie Brooks, Warren Clarke, Pauline Collins, Charles Dance, Phil Davis, Burn Gorman, Richard Harrington, Matthew Kelly, Patrick Kennedy, Denis Lawson, John Lynch, Anna Maxwell Martin, Alistair McGowan, Carey Mulligan, Nathaniel Parker, Natalie Press, Anne Reid, Ian Richardson, Hugo Speer, Liza Tarbuck, Johnny Vegas, Timothy West.
Screenplay by Andrew Davies
Directed by Justin Chadwick, Susanna White
Actors: Gillian Anderson, Patrick Kennedy, Denis Lawson, Natalie Press, Liza Tarbuck
Directors: Justin Chadwick, Susanna White
Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 3
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
Run Time: 480 minutes
*£17.99 @ HMV if you prefer (ie NUS/Quidco) but £25 -35 elsewhere