I knew that as a Christmas treat the BBC iPlayer had 100 plus Box Sets added for the festive period. Now unlike many people who may have suffered a painful school ritual of reading Dickens and been put off for life, I have found his books to be stunningly wonderful stories.
The maternal text alerted me to Bleak House. This is Andrew Davies at his best and comes fresh from 2005. Most of Dicken’s work was published in instalments in periodicals and following on that idea we have 15, 30-minute episodes.
It is a brilliant production with a cornucopia of stars from the heroine Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) through Johnny Vegas, Charles Dance, Gillian Anderson and many more household names. I sat down to watch it and binged over two nights on the whole show not getting to bed till 2am. It was utterly engrossing and gripping as murder, blackmail, spontaneous combustion and the interminable lawsuit of the Jarndyce keep you glued to show. It seven and half hours of TV heaven.
For those who need to use subtitles, you will need to watch it on the actual iPlayer as sadly none are available via Sky.
The box sets cover children and factual and drama. The drama box sets are a delight :
54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis A Very English Scandal Bleak House Bodyguard Class Clique Collateral Death And Nightingales Doctor Who Father Brown (Series 6) House Of Cards In The Flesh Informer Killing Eve Little Dorrit The Little Drummer Girl The Long Song Luther McMafia Mothers’ Day Mrs Wilson Musketeers North And South Our Girl Overshadowed Press Pride And Prejudice Roots Sense And Sensibility Silent Witness (Series 17-21) Small Island Snowfall (Series 2) The Fades There She Goes Trust Wanderlust War And Peace Watership Down
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