When Danielle at A Work in Progress mentioned that Monster… I mean, Masterpiece Theatre would be airing the BBC production of Dickens’ Bleak House, I thought, “That’s nice, but it doesn’t fit in with my grand reading plan; I haven’t even started the Epic of Gilgamesh yet!” However, this evening I found myself with my Latin homework done and no further ambitions for the day so I tuned in. Let me tell you, it was riveting. What a marvellous cast, including the devilishly handsome, “when he good, he’s very good; when he’s bad, he’s better,” Mr. Charles Dance. (Is it just me or is it getting warm in here?)
I haven’t read the book so I can’t critique it as an adaptation, but as a stand-alone drama it is top quality, just as we expect from the BBC. If you missed the first episode and haven’t read the book, do read the synopsis before attempting episode two. Already, after one instalment, schemes, suspicions, and entanglements abound. With another 13 hours to go I can only imagine how juicy things will get. I might just have to interrupt my orderly reading program and give Dickens a try.