Bleak House - Netflix
From its glittering heights to its very lowest depths; a skilfully crafted thriller; an epic feast of characters and storylines; and a passionate indictment of the legal system that is as searingly relevant today as it was in the mid 19th century.
It was first published in 19 monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853. The TV adaptation, written by the award-winning Andrew Davies, comprised a one-hour opening episode followed by 14 half-hour episodes.
It was shown twice weekly, using the pace, multiple storylines and cliff-hanger endings more usually associated with popular drama. The aim was to return Dickens to the broad audience he originally wrote for.
It tells the story of the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson), who nurses a dark secret in her past, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance), who seeks to uncover it.
Then there's the generous John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson), struggling with his own past, and his two attractive young wards Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada (Carey Mulligan).
Like Lady Dedlock, they're all caught up in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination - if it can ever be brought to a conclusion.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Bleak House - Bleak House (1920 film) - Netflix
Bleak House is a 1920 British silent drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Constance Collier, Berta Gellardi and Helen Haye. It is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1852 novel Bleak House. It was one of a large number of silent film versions of Dickens' stories.
Bleak House - Cast - Netflix
Constance Collier - Lady Dedlock Berta Gellardi - Esther Summerson Helen Haye - Miss Barbay E. Vivian Reynolds - Tulkinghorne Norman Page - Guppy Clifford Heatherley - Bucket Ian Swinley - Captain Hawdon A. Harding Steerman - Sir Leicester Dedlock Anthony St. John - Jo Teddy Arundell - George Beatrix Templeton - Rachel
Bleak House - References - Netflix