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"Bleak House" (2005) was an English TV series based on the novel by Charles Dickens. The protagonist, Esther Summerson, is a young girl who was abandoned by her mother and raised by her godmother. When she dies, Esther is sent to live with a new guardian, John Jarndyce, and serves as a companion to his ward Ada. A lot of the story has to do with the lawsuit Jarndyce vs Jarndyce, which concerns a large inheritance everybody wants, and revelations about Esther's actual parentage.

BBC America
1 Season, 8 Episodes
October 23, 2005
Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson
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  • Richard's obsession with the Jarndyce case has grown to worrying proportions. John Jarndyce agonizes over whether to keep his feelings for Esther concealed. Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock tells Esther something that will change her life forever. Guppy puts himself at risk when he gets in the way of Tulkinghorn's enquiries. And Tulkinghorn at last has cast-iron proof of Lady Dedlock's guilt, and issues her with a terrible ultimatum.

  • Richard's obsession with the Jarndyce case has grown to worrying proportions. John Jarndyce agonizes over whether to keep his feelings for Esther concealed. Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock tells Esther something that will change her life forever. Guppy puts himself at risk when he gets in the way of Tulkinghorn's enquiries. And Tulkinghorn at last has cast-iron proof of Lady Dedlock's guilt, and issues her with a terrible ultimatum.

  • Esther falls sick with smallpox; she recovers but is left badly scarred. George has to make an impossible decision when Tulkinghorn instructs the evil moneylender Smallweed to turn up the heat on his debts. Legal clerk Guppy, still besotted with Esther, makes a discovery about his beloved which shocks Lady Dedlock to the core. Guppy's quest for more information takes him to Krook's shop, with explosive results. And Jarndyce is beside himself when tragedy strikes Bleak House.

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