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This series is a dramatic adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. Its plot revolves around a young heir who, in order to claim his fortune, must marry a woman he's never met. His life is further complicated by others who also are scheming to get their hands on his money.

BBC America
1 Season, 6 Episodes
March 9, 1998
Cast: Paul McGann, Dominic Mafham, David Bradley, Anna Friel
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  • Harmon is planning to claim his dust fortune from the Boffins, who have been playing villains to test Bella's true character. Meanwhile, Eugene has a brush with death via Headstone and decides to do the honorable thing with Lizzie.

  • Two low-life characters sifting through the dust mountain have found an alternate will from old Harmon, which they plan to use to blackmail Mr. Boffin. Rokesmith and Bella have secretly married, without Bella realizing her husband is actually John Harmon, her original fiancé.

  • As the rivalry over who will take Lizzie's hand in marriage intensifies, Lizzie flees. Meanwhile, the once-kindly Mr. Boffin has become a tyrant to Rokesmith, who evokes the sympathy of the formerly haughty Bella.

  • Lizzie Hexam, daughter of the corpse robber who found young Harmon's alleged body, is being courted by two desperate characters: Eugene Wrayburn, a dissolute barrister, and Bradley Headstone, a mentally-deranged schoolmaster.

  • Bella is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Boffin, inheritors of the dust business in default of young Harmon. The Boffins also hire a very capable but mysterious young man as secretary, John Rokesmith, whose keen interest in Bella holds the secret to his true identity.

  • A body pulled from the Thames is identified as young John Harmon, heir to a fortune made in dust-contracting. Bella Wilfer, his wife-to-be by terms of old Harmon's will, goes into mourning though she has never met her fiancé.

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