A four-part broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of the Charles Dickens classic. In Part 1, Nicholas (Roger Rees) leaves his destitute family in London to work at a despicable boarding school in Yorkshire. Squeers: Alun Armstrong. Mrs. Nickleby: Jane Downs. Kate: Emily Richard. Ralph: John Woodvine. Noggs: Edward Petherbridge. Smike: David Threlfall. Fanny: Suzanne Bertish.
Part 2 of four. Nicholas (Roger Rees) tutors French in a London home until reports of his ordeal in Yorkshire force him to flee with Smike (David Threlfall). On the road to Portsmouth, he encounters a theater troupe in need of a playwright---and a Romeo. Meanwhile, Kate (Emily Richard) finds millinery work stressful. Kenwigs: Patrick Godfrey. Miss Snevellicci: Suzanne Bertish.
Part 3 of four. Accompanying her new employer (Janet Dale) to the opera, Kate (Emily Richard) is besieged by lecherous gallants. Nicholas (Roger Rees) bows out of the theater company to defend his sister's honor in London. Mme. Mantalini: Thelma Whiteley. Sir Hawk: Bob Peck. Mrs. Nickleby: Jane Downs. Lord Verisopht: Nicholas Gecks.
Conclusion. Employed in London, Nicholas (Roger Rees) courts Madeline (Lucy Gutteridge), who is the victim of an arranged betrothal to a decrepit miser (Jeffrey Dench). Meanwhile, Sir Hawk seeks revenge on the Nicklebys. Smike: David Threlfall. Squeers: Alun Armstrong. Sir Hawk/Browdie: Bob Peck. Noggs: Edward Petherbridge. Ralph: John Woodvine. Kate: Emily Richard.