A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Dicken's classic tale of London and the law starring Michael Kitchen as John Jarndyce. With their estate entangled in an interminable legal case, the young wards of court Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are taken into the benevolent care of the kindly John Jarndyce. Ada's companion, the gentle and good-hearted Esther Summerson, is devoted to the old man and although she loves another, becomes betrothed to him.
But behind Esther's supposed orphan past lies a dark secret that leads tragically to deceit, blackmail and murder. And as the endless suit erodes their inheritance, the happiness that Richard and Ada have found in each other is brought into desperate jeopardy. Both a scathing satire on the corruption of the law and a vivid portrait of London life, 'Bleak House' weaves a fascinating web of interconnection lives.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2000
- 140 x 108mm