Masterpiece Classic

Little Dorrit - Part One

Season 39, Episode 9 of 14

Following in the triumphant footsteps of "Bleak House," "Little Dorrit" tells the story of the Dorrit family and the rich array of characters they encounter on their way from rags to riches and back again. Adapted by screenwriter extraordinaire Andrew Davies ("Bleak House," "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility"), the lavish new eight-hour miniseries stars Matthew Macfadyen (MI 5, "Pride and Prejudice"), Tom Courtenay ("Billy Liar"), Alun Armstrong ("Bleak House") and a host of masters of Dickensian disguise. Part One - Amy "Little" Dorrit (Claire Foy) is mysteriously summoned from the Marshalsea debtor's prison, where she is caring for her father (Tom Courtenay), to work for the shut-in Mrs. Clennam (Judy Paritt). Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen) suspects a long-buried family secret behind his mother's unaccustomed act of charity.

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