Another chance to catch ‘Little Dorritt’

09.24dorritAttention Dickens fans: after an astounding performance at the Emmys last week (with 7 wins, including best miniseries and outstanding writing), the BBC’s adaptation of Little Dorrit, which aired in the United States back in the spring, is now available for online viewing on PBS’s website. The book was adapted by Andrew Davies, who is best known for his work on the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version of Pride & Prejudice.

Like many of Dickens’ works, Little Dorrit deals with family secrets, class issues and of course, debtor’s prison. That’s where Amy (aka “Little Dorrit”) grows up, since her father has been imprisoned at Marshalsea her whole life. She supports the family by sewing until a deathbed confession changes their social status and their fortunes.

Claire Foy, a relative unknown, is said to shine in the role of Amy, and Matthew Macfayden (who played Mr. Darcy in the Keira Knightly P&P) plays her love interest, Arthur.

As a fan of period drama, I might have to check this out over the weekend! The PBS site warns that it will be available for a limited time only, so if you want to watch, don’t wait.

On the fence? Check out a preview here:

2 Responses to Another chance to catch ‘Little Dorritt’

  1. Steph says:

    Dickens has always been my literary blindspot. For the life of me, I cannot get through Great Expectations… I wonder if watching this version will inspire me to finally read some Dickens, or if I’ll use it as an excuse to simply put it off for longer! ;)

  2. dottie says:

    Thanks to your helpful tip, I spend a good seven hours watching this yesterday (give me a break, I have a cold). I may have been able to read the book in that time instead – not sure how long it is. I’m not a Dickens fan, but the miniseries is worth watching for the two main leads alone.

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