Masterpiece Classic; Old Curiosity Shop, The
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- Masterpiece Classic
- Old Curiosity Shop, The
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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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This classic Dickens novel is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes legendary actor Sir Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Toby Jones (Infamous), Zoe Wanamaker (Gormenghast), and Gina McKee (The Foryste Saga). "The Old Curiosity Shop" follows the virtuous Little Nell Trent (newcomer Sophie Vavassuer) and her shop-owner grandfather (Jacobi) as they encounter tragic misfortunes that lead to the loss of their beloved curiosity shop.
A teenage girl and her grandfather lose everything to a maniacal moneylender and flee his relentless pursuit. The saga of Little Nell, Grandfather and their tormentor, Daniel Quilp, is one of Charles Dickens' most heartrending tales. Derek Jacobi ("I, Claudius") stars as Grandfather, with Sophie Vavasseur ("Northanger Abbey") as Nell and Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon) as Quilp. The Dickensian cast also includes Gina McKee ("The Forsyte Saga") as the brains behind Quilp's shady law firm.
A Co-production of Carnival, WGBH/Boston and Ingenious Broadcasting. Filmed on location in Ireland with support from the Irish Film Board.
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- Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
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