Bleak House by Christine GeraghtyBleak House by Christine Geraghty

Bleak House

byChristine Geraghty

Paperback | September 19, 2012

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Bleak House is one of Charles Dickens's darker works: a vision of London as the polluted, diseased heart of an industrialising nation. This great novel of inheritance, corruption and mystery, published in the serial form now associated with television drama, was also one of the first successful detective stories. In 2005, the BBC announced a major new adaptation, scripted by Andrew Davies, produced by double-BAFTA winner Nigel Stafford-Clark, and starring Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock.

Broadcast over eight hours in fifteen episodes, this Bleak House, in an appeal to youthful audiences, controversially combined the suspense of soap opera with visual innovation, careful attention to period detail, and outstanding performances.

Christine Geraghty's revealing study traces the double narrative in which the youthful protagonists grow into adulthood while the doomed Lady Dedlock is hunted to death in a tele-noir adaptation of the British novel's first detective story. She examines how the different styles of acting relate to Dickens's own vivid characterisation, taking issue with Davies's attitude to Dickens's most complex heroine, Esther Summerson. She explores the series' settings, including a London styled as a soap-opera set, and the great country houses where secrets are kept under wrap. And, using illustrations from the novel, she looks at how the traditional Dickensian 'pictures' were innovatively combined with HD visuals to powerful effect.

This fascinating study strongly makes the case for the contemporary BBC adaptation of Bleak House as a true television classic.

CHRISTINE GERAGHTY is a professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow and a part time lecturer in Film Studies at the University of London. Previous publications written and edited include Now a Major Motion Picture: Film Adaptations from Literature and Drama (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); My Beautiful Laundrett...
Title:Bleak HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 7.48 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:September 19, 2012Publisher:British Film InstituteLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1844574172

ISBN - 13:9781844574179


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements PART I: PROCESS OF PRODUCTION AND PUBLICITY a. adaptation and serialisation b. production details and personnel PART II: ANALYSIS OF THE PROGRAMME a. the narrative organisation b. Actingc. Setting and mise-en-scene PART III: RECEPTION AND OUTCOME a. period drama and the BBCb. co-productionc. audience response Credits Index