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The television mini series Little Dorritt is an adaptation of the Chalres Dickens story of the same name produced by British television station BBC and the U.S. PBS affiliate WGBH Boston. Although critically well received the show failed to become as popular as other recent British costume drama's, such as Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford.

Like many of the novels of Charles Dickens Little Dorritt was first published in a serialized form in magazines; reflecting the original format writer Andrew Davies produced a script in 14 parts with two 60 minute specials and 12 30 minute episodes. Davies had written in a similar format for the earlier adaptation of Dicken Bleak House. The 14 episodes of Little Dorritt first aired in the U.K. in 2008 and later appeared as part of PBS Masterpiece series in the U.S. in 2009.

First published between 1855 and 1857 Little Dorritt tells a series of intertwining stories based around a group of characters largely based in Marshlea Debtors Prison. The story revolves around the characters of the Dorritt family, including Any Dorritt, played by Clare Foy who has spent her entire life living in the prison because her father cannot clear his debts. Amy works as a seamstress for the Clannam family with whom her life intertwines. Taking in characters as diverse as a French murderer recently released from a Marseille jail and comedic characters such as Edmund Sparkler. The Dorritt family later find they have inherited a fortune and leave the debtors prison for a grand tour of Europe.

Dickens story was largely autobiographical as his own family had spent the early part of his life in a Marshlea prison because of his fathers debts. The TV adaptation won several awards, including a best mini series Emmy. In the U.K. critics claimed the strange scheduling of 60 minute specials to open and close the series made it difficult for viewers to become involved in the show.

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1 Season, 14 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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  • Mr Merdle's death and the collapse of Merdle's Bank sends shockwaves through London as thousands face financial ruin. Arthur returns to the Marshalsea a prisoner, Amy goes back to her birthplace to look after him as he lies gravely ill, and Rigaud returns to play out his blackmail in the Clennam house.

  • Mr Dorrit returns to Venice a broken man, after a visit to London revives some unwelcome memories. Meanwhile, Arthur warns his mother that she may be in danger from Rigaud, and he is reunited with Amy once more.

  • Romance is in the air as Mrs General starts her campaign to woo Mr Dorrit, and Fanny turns the full beam of her attention on Sparkler. Meanwhile, an unwelcome reminder of the old days comes to haunt Mr Dorrit in Venice.

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