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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 851 times:

Has anyone been wathcing this amazing Charles Dickens tale on BBC1

Im hooked,not missed a episode yet. Gillian Anderson is excellent as the Lady Deadlock, and there are a number of famous faces in it as well.

Its not often i get hooked on a dickens adaptation on BBC1, but this is amazing tv

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 847 times:

Bleak House is in Broadstairs, and I stayed right around the corner from there with friends back in 1993. Coming back from a piss-up at one of the locals, I had a slash in the general vicinity.

User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 815 times:

I think this is a remake of a previous BBC dramatization about 15 years or so ago. As I recall, in the previous one Lady Deadlock was played by Diana Rigg.

Anyone else remember this?

Charles, SJ



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 800 times:

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 2):
I think this is a remake of a previous BBC dramatization about 15 years or so ago

Not exactly. It isn't a re-make of any TV version, it's just another adaptation of Dickens.

What they've done this time is to try to replicate the weekly episode format that Dickens himself used, since the "books" were magazine serialisations.

It's working absolutely beautifully, and does tend to re-inforce the view that if Dickens were alive today, he'd probably be writing scripts for soap operas.

Incidentally, though she has a bit of an advantage since she lives here, praise does have to go to Gillian Anderson for an absolutely flawless English accent, one of the best I've heard. When you have actors playing a different nationality you tend to listen out for faults in accent or inflection, but she's been perfect.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 780 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 3):
Incidentally, though she has a bit of an advantage since she lives here, praise does have to go to Gillian Anderson for an absolutely flawless English accent, one of the best I've heard. When you have actors playing a different nationality you tend to listen out for faults in accent or inflection, but she's been perfect.

I agree. Most of the Brits i've seen trying to do an American accent have been just awful. The one good rendition I do remember is Emma Thompson in the movie Primary Colors. The accent did slip a couple of times, but otherwise it was an excellent job.

Incidently, I'll look forward to Bleak House coming across the Atlantic. Gillian Anderson is just enough of an ice queen to pull it off!

Charles, SJ



The customer isn't a moron, she is your wife -David Ogilvy
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 773 times:

Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 4):
Most of the Brits i've seen trying to do an American accent have been just awful.

And of course, in return you inflicted one of the very worst, in the shape of Dick Van Dyke's hilariously appalling cockney in Mary Poppins. Still legendary after all these years. Big grin

Actually, I'll tell you one actor whose English accent was amazingly good given how strong his own natural accent was, and that's Marlon Brando.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 756 times:

Hey,

I don't watch it, but apparently the guy who plays Guppy was in at my college eatging lunch with his wife and her fellow theatre teachers. Supposed to be a very good series,

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 755 times:

Quoting A340600 (Reply 6):
the guy who plays Guppy

He's the one who's stolen every scene he's been in. Burn Gorman is his name, and his has been a terrific performance.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 755 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 7):
He's the one who's stolen every scene he's been in. Burn Gorman is his name, and his has been a terrific performance.

I shall pass on your kind words if he pops in again Smile His wife is a fantastic drama teacher, great pair they must be,

Sam Smile



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 752 times:

Guppy is a weird one.

Love the charecter though. Im liking this so much im going to get the book if there is one. But of course not readit till the series is over as i dont want to know what happens Smile


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 751 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 9):
im going to get the book if there is one.

 banghead 

Bleak House is one Dickens' finest novels.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 749 times:

I just saw the magazine thing in one of the above posts, i did not know Sad

SORRY


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 747 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 11):
SORRY

Hey, I was actually trying to find a reasonably inoffensive way of saying "You can't possibly be serious!" Obviously failed.

By way of explanation:

Presumably you covered some Dickens at school? They were novels, but Dickens was one of the pioneers of the approach of having the books serialised in a variety of weekly or monthly magazines. After that, the books were formally published in their entirety, which is how we know them today. What they've done in this adaptation is to go back to the original serialisation concept, and present the story in a manner similar to that of the 1850's, which is when Bleak House was written - in other words, what we might think of in a modern context as a soap opera style.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 743 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 9):
Im liking this so much im going to get the book if there is one

Ahh, the innocence of youth. Banco, you were far too easy on Trekster. In a related story, word has it that those Shakespearean productions you hear about now and again were based on some kind of romance novel or something like that.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 742 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 13):
In a related story, word has it that those Shakespearean productions you hear about now and again were based on some kind of romance novel or something like that.

 rotfl 



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
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