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Masterpiece Episode: "Little Dorrit"

Season 39, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: This well-acted, five-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" opens in 1820s England with young Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), whose father has been in a debtors' prison for 25 years, accepting a seamstress job with stern shut-in Mrs. Clennam (Judy Parfitt). The kind act, meanwhile, arouses the suspicion of the woman's son Arthur (Matthew Macfadyen), who's just returned from two decades abroad. William Dorrit: Tom Courtenay. Jeremiah Flintwitch: Alun Armstrong.
Original Air Date: Mar 29, 2009
Guest Cast Darren Boyd: Tite Barnacle Jr. Alun Armstrong: Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch Georgia King: Pet Meagles Ruth Jones: Flora Finching James Fleet: Frederick Dorrit Amanda Redman: Mrs. Merdle Ron Cook: Mr. Chivery Robert Hardy: Tite Barnacle Russell Tovey: John Chivery Claire Foy: Amy Dorrit Tom Courtenay: William Dorrit Freema Agyeman: Tattycoram Alex Wyndham: Henry Gowan Mackenzie Crook: Harris Sebastian Armesto: Edmund Sparkler Eddie Marsan: Pancks Anton Lesser: Mr. Merdle Maxine Peake: Miss Wade Emma Pierson: Fanny Dorrit Andy Serkis: Rigaud Sue Johnston: Affery Flintwinch Janine Duvitski: Mrs. Meagles Bill Paterson: Mr. Meagles Eve Myles: Maggy Matthew Macfadyen: Arthur Clennam Judy Parfitt: Mrs. Clennam Annette Crosbie: Mr. F's Aunt

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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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