Advertisements I've been on a BBC mini-series kick lately. This is another good one, especially if you're a fan of Dickens. Great period atmosphere, sets, costumes. As usual, the acting is top-notch all around, especially Tom Courtenay as Mr. Dorrit, in a great performance. Claire Foy, in a mostly reactive role, plays Amy Dorrit with taciturn charm, while Matthew MacFadyen, who apparently specializes in these period pieces, brings complexity and depth to a character that could have come across as a one-note simp in lesser-talented hands. The adaptation is by Andrew Davies, who also did the brilliant "House of Cards". The story, imho, isn't one of Dickens' best (one can see this as a prelude to his masterpiece Great Expectations), but, if you're a fan, it's a rare treat to get an 8-hour adaptation of a classic like this. The ending comes across as a bit deus-ex-machina, but Dickens liked his happy endings and it's certainly set up well enough (perhaps too well). I plan to watch Dickens' Bleak House next, an 8 hour adaptation, then Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a much-acclaimed 5-hour version. I'm really surprised there aren't any of these longer adaptations of David Copperfield and Great Expectations, I'd love to see that.