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Bleak House BBC1

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:39 am

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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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:48 am

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:12 am

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?

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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:37 pm

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 3:05 am

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!

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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:09 am

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:43 am

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,

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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:48 am

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:50 am

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,

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trekster
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:04 am

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
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:10 am

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

 banghead 

Bleak House is one Dickens' finest novels.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:16 am

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

SORRY
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Banco
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:28 am

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:53 am

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.
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RE: Bleak House BBC1

Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:59 am

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 
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