Bleak House - the ambitious attempt by BBC1 and Andrew Davies to bring one of Dickens' novels to the small screen in
bitesized chunks - like a soap opera. 16 half an hour, two a week episodes with a huge cast including Timothy West, Gillian
Anderson, Charles Dance, Denis Lawson, Phil Davis and Alun Armstong to name a few.
Esther Summerson, an orphan is sent to Bleak house to be the companion of Ada Clare, a ward of Jarndice, who along with
Richard Carstone stands to benefit from the inheritance in the long and arduous case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce'
Bleak house is owned by Mr John Jarndyce who the wards are going to stay with.
Involved in the Jarndyce case is Mr Guppy, who hopes to win Esther's affections and also the sinister Tulkinghorn.
When a man named Nemo overdoses on opium a mystery arises. Who is Captain Horden, and what does he have to do with the
icy Lady Dedlock?
With performances from Johnny Vegas, Burn Gorman, Matthew Kelly et al. Bleak house was an amazing production.