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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 Russell Tovey: John Chivery Janine Duvitski: Mrs. Meagles Judy Parfitt: Mrs. Clennam Eddie Marsan: Pancks Andy Serkis: Rigaud Amanda Redman: Mrs. Merdle Ron Cook: Mr. Chivery Eve Myles: Maggy Annette Crosbie: Mr. F's Aunt Maxine Peake: Miss Wade Georgia King: Pet Meagles Sebastian Armesto: Edmund Sparkler Darren Boyd: Tite Barnacle Jr. Robert Hardy: Tite Barnacle Tom Courtenay: William Dorrit Sue Johnston: Affery Flintwinch Ruth Jones: Flora Finching Matthew Macfadyen: Arthur Clennam Alex Wyndham: Henry Gowan Emma Pierson: Fanny Dorrit Freema Agyeman: Tattycoram James Fleet: Frederick Dorrit Claire Foy: Amy Dorrit Mackenzie Crook: Harris Anton Lesser: Mr. Merdle Alun Armstrong: Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch Bill Paterson: Mr. Meagles

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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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