Bleak House (1985 TV serial)

Bleak House is a BBC television drama first broadcast in 1985. The serial was adapted by Arthur Hopcraft from the Charles Dickens novel Bleak House (1853).

Bleak House
GenrePeriod drama
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Running time52 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Television
Original networkBBC2
Original release10 April (1985-04-10) –
29 May 1985 (1985-05-29)
Preceded byBleak House (1959)
Followed byBleak House (2005)

The series was the second adaptation of Bleak House by the BBC. It ran for eight episodes and starred Diana Rigg as Lady Dedlock, with Denholm Elliott in the role of John Jarndyce.

In the United States, the series ran under the Masterpiece Theatre series umbrella.

A notable plot omission in this version is the story of Caddy Jellyby and the Turveydrop family.


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  1. ^ "Bleak House Contributors". BBC Radio Times. 1985.

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