Little Dorrit [1855-1857]


(5 stars; 15 reviews)

Little Dorrit Serial December 1855 – June 1857 Book 1857 Charles Dickens's masterpiece of social satire and imprisonment, dramatised in five episodes by Doug Lucie. Starring Sir Ian McKellen as Charles Dickens. Recorded on location in London Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 1 of 5 Arthur Clennam returns from China, fearful of a wrong committed by his parents. Curious and feeling protective when he meets young seamstress, Amy Dorrit - he follows her home, to the Marshalsea Debtor's Prison, where he's introduced to her extraordinary family. Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack William Dorrit ...... John Wood Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde Flora Finching ...... Sophie Thompson Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma Frederick Dorrit ...... Peter Tuddenham Affery ...... Jennie Stoller Barnacle Junior ...... Kenny Blyth Maggy ...... Helen Ayres Pancks ...... Philip Joseph Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith Tite Barnacle ...... Gordon Reid Plornish ...... Jonathan Keeble  Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 2 of 5 Arthur Clennam still believes his parents to have wronged someone, but he can't get any help from the Circumlocution Office. He also thinks he’s found a new love, and Little Dorrit receives a proposal. Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack William Dorrit ...... John Wood Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde Mrs Merdle ...... Jennie Stoller Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma Flora Finching ...... Sophie Thompson Frederick Dorrit ...... Peter Tuddenham Pet Meagles ...... Clare Corbett John Chivery ...... Ben Crowe Tip Dorritt ...... Kenny Blyth Maggy ...... Helen Ayres Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith Mr Meagles ...... Gordon Reid Mr Doyce ...... Jonathan Keeble Other parts played by members of the cast. Music by Mia Soteriou Director: Janet Whitaker Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 3 of 5 Mr Pancks has made discoveries about the Dorrit family, but Arthur still hasn’t solved his family's secret... Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack William Dorrit ...... John Wood Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde Mrs Merdle ...... Jennie Stoller Mr Pancks ...... Philp Joseph Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma Mr Merdle ...... Kenneth Cranham Flora Finching ...... Sophie Thompson Frederick Dorrit ...... Peter Tuddenham Pet Meagles ...... Clare Corbett John Chivery ...... Ben Crowe Tip Dorritt ...... Kenny Blyth Maggy ...... Helen Ayres Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith Mr Meagles ...... Gordon Reid Mr Doyce ...... Jonathan Keeble Other parts played by members of the cast. Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 4 of 5 The newly wealthy Dorrits set off on a tour of Europe but Little Dorrit is homesick. Fanny finds a suitor and William is gratified by the attentions of the banker, Mr Merdle. Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack William Dorrit ...... John Wood Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde Mr Merdle ...... Kenneth Cranham Mrs Merdle ...... Jennie Stoller Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma Flora Finching ...... Sophie Thompson Frederick Dorrit ...... Peter Tuddenham John Chivery ...... Ben Crowe Tip Dorritt ...... Kenny Blyth Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith Mr Pancks ...... Philip Joseph Mr Doyce ...... Jonathan Keeble Other parts played by members of the cast. Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 5 of 5 After her father's death Little Dorrit is still in Italy when the newly-married Fanny has a strange visit from Mr Merdle. Arthur is struck by disaster and Mrs Clennam is forced to reveal the family secret at last. Conclusion of Charles Dickens's masterpiece of social satire and imprisonment. Charles Dickens ...... Ian McKellen Arthur Clennam ...... Julian Wadham Mrs Clennam ...... Margaret Tyzack Little Dorrit ...... Jasmine Hyde Fanny Dorrit ...... Indira Varma John Chivery ...... Ben Crowe Flintwinch ...... Ioan Meredith Mr Pancks ...... Philip Joseph Mr Doyce ...... Jonathan Keeble Mr Merdle ...... Kenneth Cranham Chivery ...... Gordon Reid Dramatised by Doug Lucie. Music by Mia Soteriou Director: Janet Whitaker First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2001.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Reviews


(5 stars)

Beautiful and heartwarming! Very professionally done, complete with voice actors, music and timely sound effects, this is fully dramatized and well worth listening to. 5 stars!

great


(5 stars)

A great adaptation, bringing the story to life with the actor's taking the roles. Ian McKellen's voice as Dickens is a great casting.


(5 stars)

Such a great story. I loved it.