Video: A Moody Swirl of Dickens: BLEAK HOUSE

BLEAK HOUSE; PBS; Sundays beginning Dec. 1 on most stations

The novel opens, famously, with fog: the dense murk that envelops London but settles thickest around the High Court of Chancery. Out of it swirls a teeming cloud of characters and incidents: a lawsuit that has been droning on for years, now grown "so complicated that no man alive knows what it means." An upper-class lady hiding a dark secret. Orphaned children, greedy adults, blackmailing lawyers, a detective story, a reunion and several untimely deaths (one of them by spontaneous combustion). The sheer scope of Charles Dickens' great novel Bleak House presents a daunting task for any adapter. But the BBC...

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