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Of Growleries and Turveydrops (Part I)

December 27, 2007

Winter is the best season for Dickens, and watching (or re-watching) BBC’s 2005 Bleak House miniseries adaptation is perfect for those nights spent huddled close to the fireplace. And plan for a lot of those nights — Bleak House is nearly eight hours long! (Stick with it, though, and you’ll be sad to see it end.)

Bleak House is one of Charles Dickens’s most heavily populated works, and this lavishly produced version is filled with an outstanding cast led by Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther Summerson, Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock, and Charles Dance as Mr. Tulkinghorn.

One of Mrs. Crumpet’s favorite characters is the opportunistic, lovelorn Mr. Guppy, played by a scene-stealing Burn Gorman.

Mr. Guppy: Of Kenge and Carboy’s, lest you forget.

“He reminded me a little of Mr. Crumpet,” she says with a laugh.

“I’m glad he’s not around to hear that,” says Orange Bear. “Personally, I thought Lady Jane stole the show. Such screen presence!”

Lady Jane: Swears wrathfully, and that’s on a good day.

In keeping with the spirit of multi-parters, this review will continue in the next entry…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. truce permalink
    January 1, 2008 7:08 pm

    I thought Burn Gorman was the best thing about this adaptation of Bleak House. He was wonderfully obsequious and ingratiating, at the same time as proud and ridiculous. That’s a lot to be all at once. Clever chap.

  2. January 2, 2008 10:14 pm

    Yes, they need to do a spin-off series called Bleak House: The Guppy Chronicles, where each week Mr. Guppy the newly minted lawyer handles all manner of odd and unusual cases. And he takes in Lady Jane who will sit on his desk for all the important scenes.

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