Little Dorrit (2008)

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Director: Dearbhla Walsh

Writer: Charles Dickens (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)

Cast: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Eddie Marsan, Emma Pierson, Andy Serkis, Georgia King

Synopsis: Scandalous secrets, strangling bureaucracy, and crippling debts collide in the compelling BBC/Masterpiece Classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' weighty novel, which debuted in serial form in 1855. Mrs. Clennam, a shut-in, kicks the complex storyline into action when she hires 21-year-old seamstress Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy) just days before her son, Arthur (Matthew Macfadyen), returns to London after 15 years at sea.

Amy lives with her proud father, William (Tom Courtenay), in Marshalsea, the debtor's prison where Dickens' own father did time. Despite his motherís denials, Arthur becomes convinced that there's a connection between the Clennams and the Dorrits, so he attempts to solve the mystery on his own, with help from sniveling rent collector Pancks (Eddie Marsan) and hindrance from surly servant Flintwinch (Alun Armstrong) and the aptly-named Circumlocution Office.

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