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Masterpiece Classic; David Copperfield (2000), Part 1


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Masterpiece Classic
David Copperfield (2000), Part 1
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Each winter and spring, Masterpiece classic features signature period dramas. For 2009, Masterpiece classic premieres January 4th with host Laura Linney.

Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Linney will be the new host of Masterpiece classic, making her first appearance when the series premieres with a new adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles on January 4, 2009 on PBS.

In 2009, the series returns with works by three beloved British authors, including Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles (January 4 and 11), starring new Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace); Emily Brontë's haunting Wuthering Heights (January 18 and 25) with Tom Hardy (The Virgin Queen) as Heathcliff and newcomer Charlotte Riley as Cathy. In February, Masterpiece classic launches The Tales of Charles Dickens with a bold new adaptation of Oliver Twist, starring Timothy Spall (A Room with A View), and Sophie Okonedo (The Secret Life of Bees) in a heartbreaking performance as Nancy. In March, there will be a repeat of the acclaimed David Copperfield starring Daniel Radcliffe in the role that led him to Harry Potter. Beginning on March 29 is the highly anticipated five-part miniseries Little Dorrit from Bleak House screenwriter Andrew Davies, starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley, The Way We Live Now), rising star Claire Foy as Amy Dorrit, and Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar, A Rather English Marriage) as her father. On May 3, The Incomplete Charles Dickens closes with a star-studded The Old Curiosity Shop, with Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones (W., Infamous), Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, Gormenghast), and Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga). Series release date: 1/4/2009

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In this installment of "Masterpiece Theatre" Charles Dickens' novel, "David Copperfield" comes to life. The audience is taken into the 19th century world of young David Copperfield. Along the way, we meet the many people that, for better or for worse, shape David's life. The young mother who loved him so much, it killed her, Pegaty his nurse and second-mother who would end up being David's biggest cheerleader, the stepfather who wished nothing more than to make young David's life miserable, the aunt that so wanted a niece that she never laid eyes on David again until he was 10 years old and then became the mother he desperately needed, Dora the girl he would marry and Agnes the girl he loved all his life, as well as a host of supprting characters that help to both test as well as raise David's spirits.

David Copperfield is a BBC America and WGBH Boston coproduction, presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Masterpiece Classic; David Copperfield (2000), Part 1,” 01/15/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E65CD2DAF3B4F049612AEA9F48BD9D0.
MLA: “Masterpiece Classic; David Copperfield (2000), Part 1.” 01/15/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E65CD2DAF3B4F049612AEA9F48BD9D0>.
APA: Masterpiece Classic; David Copperfield (2000), Part 1. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E65CD2DAF3B4F049612AEA9F48BD9D0
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