Bleak House (1985 TV serial)

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Bleak House
Genre Period drama
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Running time 52 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Television
Original network BBC2
Original release 10 April (1985-04-10) – 29 May 1985 (1985-05-29)
Preceded by Bleak House (1959)
Followed by Bleak House (2005)

Bleak House is BBC television drama first broadcast in 1985. The serial was adapted by Arthur Hopcraft from Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House and it was the second adaptation by the BBC.

It ran for eight episodes and starred Diana Rigg as Lady Dedlock, with Denholm Elliott in the role of John Jarndyce. In the United States the series ran under the Masterpiece Theatre series umbrella.

A notable plot omission in this version is the story of Caddy Jellyby and the Turveydrop family.


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