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Our Mutual Friend: Episode 1 (S1EP1 BBC Two 9 Mar 1998, Dominic Mafham)

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Episode 1: The Boffins inherit a fortune when John Harmon, the only son and heir of their old employer, apparently drowns. A death brings Eugene Wrayburn into the life of Lizzie Hexam.

Regular Cast: Keeley Hawes (Lizzie Hexam), Anna Friel (Bella Wilfer), Paul McGann (Eugene Wrayburn), Dominic Mafham (Mortimer Lightwood), David Bradley (Rogue Riderhood), Pam Ferris (Mrs Boffin), Peter Vaughan (Mr Boffin), Steven Mackintosh (John Rokesmith), Michael Culkin (Mr Veneering), Rose English (Mrs Veneering), Sarah Crowden (First Guest), Cate Fowler (Second Guest), Doon Mackichan (Sophronia Lammle), John Dallimore (Third Guest), Timothy Spall (Mr Venus), Anthony Calf (Alfred Lammle), Peter Howell (Fourth Guest), Kenneth Cranham (Silas Wegg), Margaret Tyzack (Lady Tippins), Ray Gardner (Fifth Guest)

Guest Cast: Robert Lang (Mr Tremlow), Paul Bailey (Charley Hexam), Roger Frost (Police Inspector), David Schofield, Richard Hanson, Michael Cronin, Peter Wight, Heather Tobias, Catriona Yuill, Linda Bassett, Eddie Webber, Alan Talbot, Vanessa Hadaway

Writer: Sandy Welch / Novel: Charles Dickens / Director: Julian Farino

Airdate: 9 Mar 1998 on BBC Two

Series: Our Mutual Friend Season 1 Episode 1

Show Info: Period drama serial. In Victorian times, Lizzie Hexam (whose father is suspected of murder after dragging a body out of the River Thames, where he works as a Longshoreman,) has two men competing for her affections – a situation which leads to tradegy. Meanwhile Bella Wilfer is also trying to make her way in the world.