Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 8.2  (8,752)

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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Episode 14
14. Episode 14
December 11, 2008
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.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
December 10, 2008
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.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
December 7, 2008
Mr Dorrit leaves Amy behind in Venice as he returns to London with newlyweds Fanny and Sparkler, but the high life is not all he had hoped it would be. Meanwhile, Arthur invests Doyce and Clennam's capital in Merdle's Bank, and Flora investigates the mysterious disappearance of Rigaud.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
December 3, 2008
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.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
November 27, 2008
Fanny has stolen the heart of Edmund Sparkler, whose mother is determined to separate them once and for all. Meanwhile, Merdle's Bank is besieged by investors, and Arthur is worried when he sees a suspicious French stranger, the villainous Rigaud, at his mother's house.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
November 26, 2008
The Dorrits arrive in Venice, and Fanny renews an old acquaintance with Edmund Sparkler and his redoubtable mother Mrs Merdle. Meanwhile, Amy makes a friend in Pet Gowan, united through their mutual affection for Arthur, and Rigaud scents a deeper connection between the Dorrits and the House of Clennam.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
November 20, 2008
Mr Dorrit is released from the Marshalsea after more than twenty years, and takes his family abroad to reinvent themselves as members of society. Miss Wade commissions Rigaud to spy on Pet and Henry Gowan, and he takes the chance to follow the Dorrits abroad and find out what connects them to the House of Clennam.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
November 19, 2008
Rigaud introduces himself to the House of Clennam, while Arthur is best man at Pet's marriage to Henry Gowan. Pancks concludes his investigation into the Dorrit family's long incarceration in the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, and Arthur and Amy break momentous news to Mr Dorrit.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
November 13, 2008
Pancks recruits John Chivery to help him solve the mystery that connects the Dorrit family with the House of Clennam, while Arthur proposes to Pet Meagles. Elsewhere, Tattycoram runs away from Twickenham, and Amy resigns herself to a life without the man she loves.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
November 12, 2008
Amy accompanies her sister Fanny to meet Mrs Merdle, queen bee of London society. Meanwhile, Rigaud comes into possession of the Clennam papers, and Chivery the turnkey asks Arthur to put in a word for young John with Amy.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
November 6, 2008
Amy receives a proposal of marriage which throws her into confusion, Arthur is taken on as a partner in Daniel Doyce's engineering works, and the French villain Rigaud arrives in London.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 5, 2008
Flintwinch taunts Arthur's mother about the mystery at the heart of the House of Clennam, while Amy discovers that 'a gentleman' has paid off her brother's debts, and Arthur is invited to Twickenham to renew his acquaintance with the lovely Pet Meagles.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
October 30, 2008
Suspecting his family's involvement in their ruin, Arthur, having befriended Amy Dorrit, involves himself in her family's affairs. While hoping to pay off Amy's brother's debt and give him the chance to start again, Arthur himself is also planning to start again with a new job, and perhaps renew his love for childhood sweetheart Flora Casby.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
October 26, 2008
When Arthur Clennam returns to England after years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother's house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. Seeking to discover why Mrs Clennam, not usually given to charity, has taken on Amy, Arthur visits Marshalsea Prison where he meets and befriends Amy's father, William, the prison's longest-serving inmate.
Episode 1
101. Episode 1
January 1, 2008
Arthur Clennam returns from China, keen to uncover the mystery of the House of Clennam.
Episode 2
102. Episode 2
January 1, 2008
Arthur befriends Amy Dorrit and involves himself in her family's affairs.
Episode 3
103. Episode 3
January 1, 2008
Amy receives a proposal of marriage, and the villainous Rigaud arrives in London.
Episode 4
104. Episode 4
January 1, 2008
Pancks recruits John Chivery to help solve the mystery at the heart of the Dorrit family.
Episode 5
105. Episode 5
November 11, 2008
The Dorrits make their triumphant departure from the Marshalsea. Mr. Dorrit employs Mrs. General to offer instruction in etiquette to his daughters. Mrs. General suggests that the family goes on a Grand Tour and, before they know it, the Dorrits have left the country, where abroad they encounter Rigaud traveling with the newly-wed Gowans.
Episode 6
106. Episode 6
January 1, 2008
Fanny has stolen the heart of Edmund Sparkler, whose mother is keen to separate them.
Episode 7
107. Episode 7
January 1, 2008
Mr Dorrit leaves Amy behind in Venice as he returns to London with Fanny and Sparkler.
Episode 8
108. Episode 8
January 1, 2008
Mr Merdle's death and the collapse of Merdle's Bank send shockwaves through London.
Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit

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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.Little Dorrit is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on October 26, 2008.

Little Dorrit is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Little Dorrit on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Starz, Apple TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (8,752)