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Bleak House (BBC 1959 with Diana Fairfax and Andrew Cruickshank)

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UK / BBC / 11×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 October – 25 December 1959

Writer: Constance Cox / Novel: Charles Dickens / Editor: Pam Bosworth / Production Design: Stephen Bundy / Costume Supervisor: Sheila Glassford

Period drama serial, an early UK / BBC Classic Serials version. Adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel set in Victorian times.

The story centres on two grown-up orphans who are the subject of a contested will and are staying with their ward’s guardian at his home – Bleak House – whilst the matter is settled.

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DIANA FAIRFAX as Esther Summerson
WILLIAM MERVYN as Mr Kenge
ANDREW CRUICKSHANK as John Jarndyce
DAVID HORNE as Sir Leicester Dedlock
IRIS RUSSELL as Lady Honoria Dedlock
JOHN PHILLIPS as Mr Tulkinghorn
EILEEN DRAYCOTT as Mrs Rouncewell
LESLIE FRENCH as Mr Snagsby
ANNE BLAKE as Mrs Rachael
TIMOTHY BATESON as Mr Guppy
COLIN JEAVONS as Richard Carstone
ELIZABETH SHEPHERD as Ada Clare
FREDERICK LEISTER as Lord Chancellor
NORA NICHOLSON as Miss Flite
WILFRED BRAMBELL as Mr Krook
JEROME WILLIS as Alan Woodcourt
GERALD CROSS as Mr Vholes
RICHARD PEARSON as Inspector Bucket
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Mr George
GRETCHEN FRANKLIN as Mrs Guppy


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