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Great Expectations

British drama. With the help of a generous stranger, the poor orphan Pip tries everything to win the heart of the rich, cold-blooded Estella.

As a boy, Pip is made a plaything for haughty young Estella by eccentric Miss Haversham. When circumstances enable Pip to become a gentleman, he hopes to be able to woo wealthy Estella, but both are pawns in a larger game.

Sumptuous and star-studded adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, from BBC Films.

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1 hour, 59 minutes

Audio described

Last on

Thu 30 Apr 2020 20:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Richard Hartley

    The Marshes

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:08

    Richard Hartley

    Stealing The Vittles

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:16

    Richard Hartley

    Goodbye Pip

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:19

    Richard Hartley

    The Ride To Satis House

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:21

    Richard Hartley

    Miss Havisham

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:24

    Richard Hartley

    Beggar Him

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:30

    Richard Hartley

    Estella At Play

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:31

    Richard Hartley

    You May Kiss Me

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:43

    Richard Hartley

    Shopping For Clothes

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:46

    Richard Hartley

    With Great Expectations

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:53

    Richard Hartley

    Jilted

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 00:58

    Richard Hartley

    Mr Wemick's Folly

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:06

    Richard Hartley

    God Bless You Pip

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:10

    Richard Hartley

    Return To Satis House

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:20

    Richard Hartley

    I've Made A Gentleman

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:23

    Richard Hartley

    The Spider Has Played His Hand

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:28

    Richard Hartley

    You're Part of Me

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:30

    Richard Hartley

    Allowing For Debts

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:32

    Richard Hartley

    A Very Dark Time

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:38

    Richard Hartley

    Incandescent (Burn Baby Burn)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:42

    Richard Hartley

    Surveillance (Don't Go Home)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:51

    Richard Hartley

    The Sentence/Magwitch Dies

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:53

    Richard Hartley

    Debt Dreams

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • 01:55

    Richard Hartley

    Handel You Have A Letter

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Mike Newell
Pip Jeremy Irvine
Miss Havisham Helena Bonham Carter
Magwitch Ralph Fiennes
Estella Holliday Grainger
Mr Jaggers Robbie Coltrane
Joe Gargery Jason Flemyng
Mrs Joe Sally Hawkins
Compeyson William Ellis
Herbert Pocket Olly Alexander
Wemmick Ewen Bremner
Mr Pumblechook David Walliams
Molly Tamzin Outhwaite
Biddy Jessie Cave
Young Pip Toby Irvine
Young Estella Helena Barlow
Bentley Drummle Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Clara Sophie Rundle
Sergeant Ralph Ineson
Mr Hubble Alan Rushton

Broadcasts

  • Sat 23 May 2015 21:00
  • Christmas Day 2016 23:15
  • Christmas Day 2017 01:15
  • Christmas Eve 2019 23:15
  • Thu 30 Apr 2020 20:00

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Mark Kermode reviews Great Expectations

Mark Kermode reviews Great Expectations

Listen to the review on the BBC Radio 5 live website

Watch the trailer

Watch the trailer

'I sometimes have sick fancies and I have a sick fancy that I want to see some play!'

Pictures from the film

Pictures from the film

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