Little Dorrit (Dramatised)

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by Ian McKellen, Kenneth Cranham, Sophie Thompson, Margaret Tyzack, full cast
  • 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as Dicken's "masterpiece among masterpieces" for its social indictment and sense of humanity, Little Dorrit is both an examination of Victorian England and a surprising love story.This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation recreates the author's mid-19th Century London, in particular the East London area of Marshalsea. Drawing upon his own father's imprisonment in Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, Dickens placed the institution firmly in the heart of the novel when telling the story of Amy Dorrit.The youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, Amy is born in Marshalsea prison. She and her father are befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs "little Dorrit" as a seamstress. The fortunes of the Dorrits undergo an extreme change when William inherits a fortune, and the family moves to Italy.Back in England, Arthur Clennam finds himself the victim of a massive fraud and ends up in Marshalsea. There he is found by Little Dorrit, whose fortune has had no effect on her generosity and humility. Arthur realises that she loves him, but it is not until the Dorrit fortune is lost that the two of them can be united at last. Peopled with Dickens' usual host of memorable characters, the author's mix of satire and genuine sentiment has made this one of his best-loved works.


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Dramatised Masterpiece

A very good job was done in terms of script, music and cast! As good as a film!
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- Angela

Excellent Full Cast One Hundred Percent

Little Dorrit is one of those little treasure's a pure piece of professional theatre at the press of a button. Four hours forty mins of pure delight.

We are given Victorian theatre by a full cast who live up to Dickens characters with aplomb. You can feel each one. The story moves along nicely & all is excellent. Narrator to over speak the story as characters
live their roles.

I have all of these Dickens productions in my Collection & each one is a credit in themselves. I doubt we shall have such a wonderful set for a long while. Classic actors in classic Dickens.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited