Writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Wives and Daughters, Northanger Abbey) has adapted
Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House for this sumptuous Masterpiece Theater. Bleak House tells the
intriguing story of a legal case called Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. The case which is trying to determine the heirs of a very large estate has been
wrangled over in the courts for years with no forseeable sign of conclusion. When John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson)
invites the two potential heirs of the fortune, Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), he warns them not to get involved in the case as he has
seen the psychological downfall of those who pursue the case. Many mysteries abound in this case, none of the least is the unknown origin of
Ada's companion Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin). Meanwhile Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson)'s lawyer begins to pursue the secrets of her past, which
are also connected to the case. This miniseries runs for a full 8 1/2 hours, but considering the vast amount of characters and intertwining plots in Dickens' novel, the
timing is just right. The acting is superb and the costumes sumptuous. Not to be missed!
This film is made for television and is not rated.