Little Dorrit

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  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 8.2  (10,380)

Little Dorrit is a BBC television drama series that premiered in 2008. It is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens and stars Claire Foy in the title role as Amy Dorrit. The series was critically acclaimed for its stellar cast and period authenticity.

The show is set in the 1820s and follows the story of Amy Dorrit, a young woman who has been born and raised in London's Marshalsea debtors' prison, where her father William Dorrit (portrayed by Tom Courtenay) has been incarcerated for many years due to his debts. Despite their difficult circumstances, Amy and her father maintain a positive outlook on life, and Amy is determined to support her family in any way she can.

As the story progresses, we see Amy come into contact with a wide range of characters from different social classes, including the kind-hearted Arthur Clennam (played by Matthew Macfadyen), who becomes an important figure in her life. Arthur is a determined man who wants to uncover the truth about his family's past, and his quest leads him to the Dorrit family and their dark secrets.

Judy Parfitt plays the role of Mrs. Clennam, Arthur's mother, who is a cold and unfeeling woman who holds the key to many of the mysteries surrounding the Dorrits. As the Clennams and the Dorrits become more intertwined, the plot thickens and the tension grows, leading to a dramatic climax.

The show is an insightful look into the social and economic inequalities of 19th-century London, as well as a touching family drama filled with love and tragedy. The cast excel in their roles and bring the characters to life in a way that is both realistic and emotional.

Visually, the show is stunning, with period costumes and sets that transport the viewer back in time. The attention to detail is impressive, from the gritty realism of the Marshalsea prison to the opulence of the upper-class households.

Despite its length (the series runs for 14 episodes), Little Dorrit never feels slow or boring. The plot is intriguing and keeps the viewer engaged throughout, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.

Overall, Little Dorrit is a fantastic television drama that showcases the talent of its cast and crew. It is a moving story of love, loss, and redemption that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of anyone who watches it.

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

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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.
Where to Watch Little Dorrit
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 Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (10,380)