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Masterpiece Episode: "Bleak House"

Season 15, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Victorian England comes alive in this eight-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," a devastating attack on an arthritic legal system. Part 1 introduces would-be heirs Richard Carstone (Philip Franks) and Ada Clare (Lucy Hornak), who are made wards of the court and sent to live with their bachelor cousin (Denholm Elliott). Esther Summerson: Suzanne Burden. Lady Dedlock: Diana Rigg. Krook: Bernard Hepton.
Original Air Date: Dec 1, 1985

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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