Martin Chuzzlewit (Dir. Pedr James 1994): Martin Chuzzlewit is a wealthy old man. But who will inherit his riches? He has disinherited his grandson young Martin suspecting the motives of the young man's love for Mary Chuzzlewit's nurse and companion. With such a prize to play for the rest of his family - including the snivelling hypocrite Pecksniff and the fabulously evil Jonas - bring forth all of their cunning greed and selfishness. With his grandson floundering in Amer
This box set contains a collection of BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens classics and is highly enjoyable.
I'm not old enough to remember all of these from the first time round, in fact there is one that I had no recollection of ever having heard of before, but there are others that I remember watching avidly when they were first screened, and I eventually gave in and paid the price for the box set after coming to the conclusion that it would be much the same price as buying the four that I specifically wanted!
As with any collection there are going to be some that are stronger than others. I admit to having no fondness for the version of A Christmas Carol which has been butchered to fit into one, one hour episode, although it does have the bonus of seeing people who later went on to take leading roles elsewhere having tiny, walk on roles in this.
My personal favourites are Great Expectations, Martin Chuzzlewit (although I find both Martin's distinctly unlikeable and care much more about minor characters), David Copperfield and Our Mutual Friend. I had never heard of the adaptation of a Tale of Two Cities before receiving this set, but I enjoyed it immensly. And both Oliver Twist and Pickwick Papers are fair adaptations.
I have to admit to being quite impressed by the presentation of the packaging, made to look like a big book with a buckle across it.
My only real complaint about the set is that the BBC have produced two superb version of Bleak House (to my mind one of Dickens best novels) and it would have been nice to see one of those included in this set, but other than that I recommend it absolutely.
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