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Great Expectations 1 Season 2012

Season 1
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Lavish adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel.

Starring:
Douglas Booth, Jack Roth

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1. Great Expectations - Episode 1

A terrifying encounter on the marshes with an escaped convict and a summons from the mysterious Miss Havisham change orphan Pip's life forever.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: April 1, 2012
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2. Great Expectations - Episode 2

Pip starts his new life as a gentleman in London, quickly acquiring expensive tastes and mounting debts.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: April 8, 2012
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3. Great Expectations - Episode 3

Pip wants nothing to do with Magwitch and rushes to confront Miss Havisham.

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Starring Douglas Booth, Jack Roth
Supporting actors Ray Winstone, David Suchet, Paul Rhys, Shaun Dooley, Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby, Mark Addy, Harry Lloyd, Mary Roscoe, Paul Ritter, Tom Burke, Steve Lately, Susan Lynch, Claire Rushbrook, Perdita Weeks, Frances Barber
Season year 2012
Network BBC
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
Some books are just purely cinematic. Great Expectations is one of them, with all the elements of a perfect gothic story: the mad woman, the creepy old house full of cobwebs and bitter memories, the stretch of the forge and the sinister man who arises from the mud to slam the young hero to the ground and threaten his life. This recent adaptation by the BBC is a visual masterpiece, full of understated and wonderful performances, as atmospheric a tale as Charles Dickens could have imagined.

The solitary Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson) has not been seen by any of the locals in many years, not since she was jilted on her wedding day. Now shut up in her great old house, which still bears the ghosts of wounded memories in the form of a moth-eaten wedding gown and rat-infested marriage cake, she decides to enlist the assistance of a forge boy, young Pip (Oscar Kennedy), in entertaining her ward, Estella (Izzy Meikle-Small). Hoping to raise the girl to avenge the sins of her former lover, her innocent appeal causes Pip's family, which includes his unhappy sister, her good-natured husband, and their greedy uncle, to think that perhaps they might rise in society as a result of it. Miss Havisham encourages Pip to be ambitious and hints that he may have great expectations for the future, only to turn around and deprive him of the one thing he wants most, condemning him to the life of a bond servant learning the trade as a blacksmith.

But that is not the end of Pip's journey, nor his relationship with Miss Havisham... for seven years later, Pip (Douglas Booth) is informed by a London solicitor (David Suchet) that he has inherited a great sum of money. It requires abandoning his current life and becoming a gentleman in society...
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Format: DVD
First-off: since there are those who object to comments made on a single episode of a series on PBS that is yet to be release on DVD, then be aware that this comment is made based only on Episode 1 of 3 Episodes of the new version of Charles Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Having said that, this first episode introduces us to a spooky, otherworldly atmosphere for the great Dickens novel. Sarah Phelps has adapted Dickens for this triptych presentation and the piece is directed with style and great attention to atmospheric detail by Brian Kirk.

The orphan Pip (Oscar Kennedy) works for blacksmith Joe Gargery (Shaun Dooley) and his Dickinsonian shrew of a wife Mrs. Joe (Clair Rushbrook) whose relative Pumblechook (Mark Addy) has designs on the future. Working with Pip is the evil Dolge Orlick (Jack Roth). Pip is wandering the foggy flatlands, comes across escaped criminal Abel Magwitch (Ray Winstone) and befriends him - an act that obviously bodes well for Pip's future. Mr and Mrs Joe receive notice from a Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson) that she wishes to have Pip, and the Gargery family sees a way out of the drudgery in which they live. Pip is off to Miss Havisham's cobwebbed home where she remains secluded from the world since her jilted wedding day. She `adopts' Estella (Izzy Meikle-Small) and seeks a playmate for her - her reason for bringing Pip into the strange home. Bad derring-does happen - Mrs. Joe is practically killed by Orlick, some strange vibrations occur in the Havisham household, etc.
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Great Expectations is my favourite Charles Dickens novel (at least of the ones I've read) mainly because he endeavoured to subvert many of his trademark plots and stock characters. What results is one of his most intriguing and suspenseful plots, as well as a cast of unforgettable characters, namely a protagonist that goes through serious character development, and two haunting female leads that could easily have carried a novel by themselves.

Orphaned Pip leads an uneventful life, in which the most exciting thing to ever befall him is running across an escaped convict on the moors that surround his house. Out of fear he brings the man a file; out of kindness he also brings him a bit of mutton pie. When the man is recaptured, he doesn't give Pip's complicity away. Though Pip never forgets the man, there are soon more interesting developments to monopolize his attention: the eccentric and reclusive Miss Havisham has asked for Pip's presence at her ramshackle Satis House, to serve as a playmate for her adopted daughter Estella. Eager to change the family's fortunes, Pip's sister sends him along, though her husband Joe has reservations.

Years pass and Estella is sent to London to become a lady, whilst Pip is apprenticed to Joe as a blacksmith. And then, another surprise: a lawyer appears out of nowhere to bestow upon Pip a fortune, telling him that a secret benefactor wishes him to go to London and become a gentleman. Off he goes, determined to become worthy of Estella's hand in marriage.
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