Character & Cast
Sparkler is Mrs Merdle's son from her first marriage and heir to the enormous Merdle fortune. He is a thoroughly well-meaning young man, but he's not got much between the ears. He is more or less happy to be told what to do by his interfering mother. He's got an eye for the ladies but, to his mother's horror, he particularly adores the entirely unsuitable young dancer, Fanny Dorrit.
Sebastian Armesto's TV highlights include The Tudors, The Impressionists, The Virgin Queen and Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire.