The Emmy Award winning BBC / PBS drama Little Dorrit will air 8:35pm ABC1 Sunday June 27th.
Adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel, this won 7 of 11 Emmys including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing.
It is written by none other than acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Tipping the Velvet, Bleak House, The Line of Beauty, A Room with a View, Sense and Sensibility).
This gripping new series by Andrew Davies brings to life Dickens’s powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. When Arthur Clennam (Matthew Macfadyen) returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother’s house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy).
The cold and forbidding Mrs Clennam (Judy Paritt) isn’t usually given to charity, so why has she made an exception in taking on Amy? Is she making reparations for a past wrongdoing?
Arthur’s quest to discover the truth takes him to the Marshalsea Prison for Debt. Here he meets and befriends Amy’s father, William Dorrit (Tom Courtenay), the prison’s longest serving inmate. As he tries to help the Dorrits, Arthur discovers that the dark shadow of debt stretches far beyond the walls of the Marshalsea Prison, to affect the lives of many. Just as it is possible to climb to the very top in London society’s intricate game of snakes and ladders, so it is possible to slip right down.
But if the daring and adventurous Arthur succeeds in unravelling the mystery of his family’s past, where will it leave him in the scheme of things? And where will it leave the Dorrits?