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Arthur Clennam befriends seamstress Amy Dorrit and meets her extraordinary family at a debtor's prison. Dickens adaptation stars Ian McKellen.

Arthur Clennam returns from China, fearful of a wrong committed by his parents. Curious and feeling protective when he meets young seamstress, Amy Dorrit - he follows her home, to the Marshalsea Debtor's Prison, where he's introduced to her extraordinary family.

Charles Dickens's masterpiece of social satire and imprisonment dramatised in five episodes by Doug Lucie.

Recorded on location in London.

Starring Sir Ian McKellen as Charles Dickens, Julian Wadham as Arthur Clennam, Margaret Tyzack as Mrs Clennam, John Wood as William Dorrit, Jasmine Hyde as Little Dorrit, Sophie Thompson as Flora Finching, Indira Varma as Fanny Dorrit, Peter Tuddenham as Frederick Dorrit, Jennie Stoller as Affery, Kenny Blyth as Barnacle Junior, Helen Ayres as Maggy, Philip Joseph as Pancks, Ioan Meredith as Flintwinch, Gordon Reid as Tite Barnacle and Jonathan Keeble as Plornish,

Music by Mia Soteriou
Director: Janet Whitaker

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 15 Aug 2017 03:00

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