David Copperfield

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  • Unrated
  • 1999
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (4,853)

David Copperfield is an eight-part television mini-series adaptation of Charles Dickens' eponymous novel. This show originally aired on BBC One in 1999 and starred Daniel Radcliffe as the young David Copperfield. This production is one of the better adaptations of the novel and has received critical acclaim for its faithful portrayal of Dickens' work.

The show follows David Copperfield's journey from being a young boy who is sent to work in a factory to become a successful writer. The story is set in Victorian England where social mobility was limited, and childhood was often harsh for the poor. The show chronicles David's life from his childhood to his adulthood as he experiences love, loss, betrayal, and friendship, making mistakes along the way and growing up in the process.

What makes this adaptation stand out is the attention to detail in its portrayal of the world of Charles Dickens. The show captures the atmosphere of Victorian England, from the horse-drawn carriages, gas-lit streets, and the various class systems that existed at the time. The production design is excellent, and the visuals are stunning, with many scenes showcasing the British countryside as well as the bustling city of London.

The acting is also top-notch, with Daniel Radcliffe giving a portrayal of David Copperfield that is both sympathetic and nuanced. He manages to capture the innocence of the character while also showing his moments of growth, making him an engaging protagonist. The rest of the cast also delivers standout performances, including Maggie Smith as Betsey Trotwood, David's eccentric aunt, and Bob Hoskins as Mr. Micawber, a charming and bumbling character who becomes one of David's closest friends.

Another aspect that sets this adaptation apart is the way it handles some of the darker themes of the novel. David Copperfield touches on topics like poverty, abuse, and domestic violence, often with a sensitivity that is missing from other adaptations. The show also examines the class system and the way it affects people’s lives, highlighting the ways in which institutionalized oppression can lead to a person's downfall.

Overall, David Copperfield is an engaging and visually stunning adaptation of one of Dickens' most famous novels. It captures the spirit of the book while also offering its interpretation of the characters and events. The production design, acting, and handling of darker themes are all standout elements of this mini-series. If you love classic literature and are looking for a faithful adaptation, then David Copperfield is well worth checking out.

David Copperfield is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on December 25, 1999.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
December 20, 1986
Faced with tragedy, David's life seems empty and meaningless.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
December 13, 1986
Uriah Heep has revealed that he has designs on Agnes Wickfield then he and David quarrell savagely. David is still forbidden to see his beloved Dora - then, suddenly, Dora's world is turned upside down.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
December 6, 1986
With mysterious abruptness, Steerforth has departed for a trip abroad.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
November 29, 1986
David has fallen head-over-heels in love with Dora, the beautiful young daughter of his employer.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
November 22, 1986
Secure and happy in the care of his great-aunt, David grows up into a romantically inclined young man.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 14, 1986
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.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 15, 2000
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.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 8, 2000
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.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 1, 2000
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?
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
December 25, 1999
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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David Copperfield is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch David Copperfield on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Apple TV and Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    December 25, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (4,853)