Little Dorrit: Series 1 (2008)


Series 1
Little Dorrit

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With a sterling cast and plenty of juicy drama, Little Dorrit is a superb adaptation.

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In the series opener, a business man (Matthew Macfadyen) returns to England after many years abroad, and is intrigued by a young seamstress (Claire Foy) working in his mother's house.

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Arthur becomes friendly with Amy Dorrit and gets involved in her family's affairs.

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John proposes to Amy; Rigaud arrives in London; Any introduces Fanny to Mrs. Merdle, the queen bee of London society.

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John Chivery is recruited by Pancks to help solve the Dorrit family mystery; Rigaud introduces himself to the House of Clennam; Arthur serves as best man at Pet's wedding.

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Mr. Dorrit is released from prison and takes his family to Venice, where they aim to reinvent themselves as members of society.

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Edmund Sparkler falls for Fanny, despite his mother's protests. Meanwhile, Mrs. General attempts to woo Mr. Dorrit.

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Mr. Dorrit returns to London with Fanny and Sparkler, leaving Amy behind in Venice. Meanwhile, Arthur believes his mother is in danger.

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Thousands of Londoners face financial ruin after the collapse of Merdle's Bank.

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After the Dorrits arrive in Venice, Fanny renews an old acquaintance with Edmund Sparkler.

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Fanny has stolen the heart of Edmund Sparkler, whose mother is determined to separate them. Meanwhile, Merdle's Bank is besieged by investors, and Arthur is worried when he sees a suspicious French stranger, the villainous Rigaud, at his mother's house.

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Cast & Crew

Anton Lesser
Mr. Merdle
Amanda Redman
Mrs. Merdle
Tom Courtenay
William Dorrit
Alun Armstrong
Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch
Judy Parfit
Mrs. Clennam
Emma Pierson
Fanny Dorrit
Sue Johnston
Affery Flintwinch
Sebastian Armesto
Edmund Sparkler
Eddie Marsan
Mr. Pancks
James Fleet
Frederick Dorrit
Arthur Darvill
Edward "Tip" Dorrit
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Critic Reviews for Little Dorrit Series 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

You pretty much know what to expect when Masterpiece visits the 19th century. But Little Dorrit stands at the high end of a very lofty list of period-piece achievement.

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It's hard to imagine how this happened in the course of such an otherwise mindful endeavor. And yet "Little Dorrit" is still rewarding, for the long journey, if not for the final stop.

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If you'd like to see a melodramatic TV movie about the Bernie Madoff scandal, you'd probably be better off seeking out Little Dorrit on DVD.

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One of the best dramas of the year.

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Claire Foy is strong yet vulnerable as the titular Amy Dorrit, her steadfastness to a less than grateful family, and a less than responsive Clennam, coming across as something better than masochism.

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"Little Dorrit" is particularly apt and enjoyable at this moment in history because the story focuses intently on something deeper and more universal than real estate bubbles or bank runs: unfairness.

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The performances are simply outstanding at every level, beginning with the incredible work of the great Tom Courtenay as William Dorrit.

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"Little Dorrit" is the closest TV has to a sure thing: a relatively short-term investment with a satisfyingly large payoff.

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It's much more entertaining and exciting than it sounds on paper, largely due to the enthusiasm of everyone involved, especially screenwriter Andrew Davies, a model of impish exuberance, who seems finely tuned to the letter and spirit of Dickens.

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With a stellar cast and a fine adaptation, Little Dorrit is absorbing and entertaining.

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Audience Reviews for Little Dorrit: Series 1

  • Dec 14, 2020
    Loved it all although I didn't't catch everything.

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