Little Dorrit : Season 1

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  • Summary: The BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' serial novel about Little Dorrit, who lived most of her life in debtors' prison with her family, airs as part of Masterpiece Classic season.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
  2. Dorrit is a gripping whodunit, a grand romance, and a timely rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale of financial corruption.
  3. Andrew Davies, who made 2006's Bleak House one of the best TV shows of the year, crafts another superb script, with characters and incidents squeezing out the sides, just the thing to satisfy close observers, which anyone joining this maxi mini-series should be.
  4. Little Dorrit is as rich at the margins as at the center with strange, and strangely believable, characters from almost all levels of society, rendered in quick, firm strokes.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    There's so much gaudy talent on display here that those with an appetite for it won't be able to get enough, and Little Dorrit gives them everything they could want in a big, gloriously messy package.
  6. Add strong performances by a dozen major characters, starting with Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, and you've got the kind of production television is often accused of having abandoned.
  7. All in all, this is a dynamic, addictive rendition of a complicated novel that catches the spirit of Dickens' "roaring streets" where "the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the froward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. AnnaN
    Mar 31, 2009
    Excellent. The best television in a long time.
  2. LilyD
    Mar 31, 2009
    A true masterpiece.
  3. WinstonL
    Apr 6, 2009
    A great rendition of a great masterpirce. It makes me want to read the book again (and that would be something, since it's over eighth A great rendition of a great masterpirce. It makes me want to read the book again (and that would be something, since it's over eighth hundred pages long). Still, the acting is superb, the adaptation superb, the sets are well designed. All in all, the best television in many a time. Collapse
  4. RosalieM
    Mar 31, 2009
    Matthew Macfayden is wonderful, as always, superb actor. Need to see more of him in the USA.