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David Copperfield is a well known magician and master illusionist. Though he never had a dedicated show of his own, he had many TV specials that would air from time to time. Usually, his television specials would air around Halloween and other non-holiday related times. For more than nine years straight, Copperfield wowed audiences with the specials where he mystified the imagination.

One of the greatest illusions of all was making the Statue of Liberty disappear. The larger than life lady and symbol of our freedom disappeared right before the public

BBC One
1 Season, 5 Episodes
December 25, 1999
Drama, Children
7.8/10
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton
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  • After an unexpected death, David's life seems empty and meaningless. Eventually, he returns home to the end of an old friendship and the beginning of a new life.

  • A chance meeting with his old schoolfriend, James Steerforth (Oliver Milburn), leads to David being invited to dinner with Steerforth's mother (Cherie Lunghi). David also discovers from Agnes that her father's clerk, the lurking and evil Uriah Heep (Nicholas Lyndhurst), is to become a partner in her father's business - and the stage is set for a bitter battle.

  • David is now working in London as a clerk at Spenlow's and living at Mrs Crupp's (Dawn French) house. However, her fondness for "peppermint cordial" renders her incapable of fulfilling her promise to Aunt Betsey (Maggie Smith) to treat David as if he were her own son.

  • Romance is in the air as David secretly gets engaged to his employer's daughter, the beautiful but dizzy Dora Spenlow (Joanna Page) - despite Mr Spenlow's (James Grout) outrage. Spenlow's death soon after, however, gives David a chance to marry Dora, and he starts to write his stories and columns for newspapers. But what of the beautiful Agnes Wickfield (Amanda Ryan), his one constant friend?

  • David?s happy childhood days in the village of Blunderstone with his mother, Clara (Emilia Fox), and at Great Yarmouth with their servant, Peggotty and her family, are brought to an end by the marriage of Clara to high-minded but brutal Edward Murdstone. He and his sister, Jane (Zo? Wanamaker), move into the peaceful little house and begin a repressive regime. Peggotty is powerless to protect David and finds herself sidelined. Murdstone?s loathing of the boy brings them to a confrontation that leads to David being sent away to school, where Mr. Creakle (Ian McKellen) beats him as a matter of course but where he meets James Steerforth (Harry Lloyd), who becomes his friend and protector. After his mother dies, David is sent to London to work in a blacking factory, lodging with the shabby but genteel Wilkins Micawber (Bob Hoskins) and his adoring but emotional wife (Imelda Staunton).

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