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Bleak House: Episode 1 (S1EP1 BBC2 10 Apr 1985, Diana Rigg)

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Episode 1: Young Esther Summerson, brought up as an orphan, is summoned to London by her guardian’s solicitors. She is to meet the Wards of Court in Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case over a will, and become acquainted with her guardian John Jarndyce for the first time.

Regular Cast: Suzanne Burden (Esther Summerson), Jonathan Moore (William Guppy), Denholm Elliott (John Jarndyce)

Guest Cast: Chris Pitt (Jo), Graham Crowden (Lord Chancellor), Lucy Hornak (Ada Clare), Philip Franks (Richard Carstone), Sylvia Coleridge (Miss Flite), Bernard Hepton (Krook), Peter Vaughan (Tulkinghorn), Robin Bailey (Sir Leicester Dedlock), Diana Rigg (Lady Dedlock), Frank Windsor (Gridley), Kathy Burke (Guster), Sam Kelly (Snagsby), T. P. McKenna (Harold Skimpole), Rebecca Sebborn, Fiona Walker, Donald Sumpter, Stephen Kemble, Arthur Hewlett, Cathy Murphy, Wanda Lynam

Writer: Arthur Hopcraft / Director: Ross Devenish

Airdate: 10 Apr 1985 on BBC2

Series: Bleak House Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: 8 part period drama serial based on the Charles Dickens novel. A young orphan girl, Esther Summerson, becomes inextricably tied up with a chancery case brought about by Richard Carstone.