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David Copperfield 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Daniel Radcliffe ...  Young David 2 episodes, 1999
Trevor Eve ...  Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Michael Elphick ...  Barkis 2 episodes, 1999
James Thornton James Thornton ...  Ham Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Alun Armstrong ...  Dan Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ...  Mrs. Gummidge 2 episodes, 1999
Laura Harling Laura Harling ...  Little Emily 2 episodes, 1999
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Miss Murdstone 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Tong ...  Lady in coach 2 episodes, 1999
Karl Johnson ...  Tungay 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McKellen ...  Creakle 2 episodes, 1999
Harry Lloyd ...  Young Steerforth 2 episodes, 1999
Steve Swinscoe Steve Swinscoe ...  Quinion 2 episodes, 1999
Thomas Maher Thomas Maher ...  Mick 2 episodes, 1999
Bob Hoskins ...  Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Peter Sproule Peter Sproule ...  Bootmaker 2 episodes, 1999
Imelda Staunton ...  Mrs. Micawber 2 episodes, 1999
Paul Whitehouse ...  Pawnbroker 2 episodes, 1999
Brian Abbott Brian Abbott ...  Constable 2 episodes, 1999
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ...  Tinker 2 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie Emily McKenzie ...  Janet 2 episodes, 1999
Ian McNeice ...  Mr. Dick 2 episodes, 1999
Nicholas Lyndhurst ...  Uriah Heep 2 episodes, 1999
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Mr. Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Antonia Corrigan ...  Young Agnes 2 episodes, 1999
Amanda Ryan ...  Agnes Wickfield 2 episodes, 1999
Ciarán McMenamin ...  David Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
James Grout ...  Mr. Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Dawn French ...  Mrs. Crupp 2 episodes, 1999
Joanna Page ...  Dora Spenlow 2 episodes, 1999
Clare Wilkie Clare Wilkie ...  Julia Mills 2 episodes, 1999
Tom Wilkinson ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1999
Emilia Fox ...  Clara Copperfield 2 episodes, 1999
Pauline Quirke ...  Peggotty 2 episodes, 1999
Maggie Smith ...  Betsey Trotwood 2 episodes, 1999
John Normington ...  Dr. Chillip 2 episodes, 1999
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Storyline

David Copperfield (Daniel Radcliffe) lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara Emilia Fox) and their housekeeper Peggotty (Pauline Quirke). His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone (Trevor Eve) is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school, but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul-smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber (Bob Hoskins) and moves in with the man and his loving family, but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood (Dame Maggie Smith). She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield (Oliver Ford Davies) and his daughter Agnes (Antonia Corrigan). As he grows, older David (Ciarán McMenamin) is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora (Joanna Page). Life's challenges ... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One boy against the world.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David Copperfield See more »

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Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Lloyd (Young Steerforth) is the great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, who wrote the novel on which this production was based. See more »

Goofs

The younger Davy is right-handed; the elder Davy is left-handed. See more »

Quotes

Barkis: [repeated] Barkis is willin'!
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Connections

Version of Love and the Law (1910) See more »

Soundtracks

Newcastle
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From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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Enjoyable
22 February 2003 | by tricia-31See all my reviews

Though I have to admit that the first part was much more interesting than the second part. Daniel Radcliffe was superb as young David Copperfield, but the actor who planned grown up David left something to be desired. I thought the story slowed down immensely in the second part.

It is still worth watching. Wonderful acting by Maggie Smith as always!


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