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Our Mutual Friend 

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.
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Series cast summary:
Paul McGann ...  Eugene Wrayburn 4 episodes, 1998
Dominic Mafham ...  Mortimer Lightwood 4 episodes, 1998
David Bradley ...  Rogue Riderhood 4 episodes, 1998
Anna Friel ...  Bella Wilfer / ... 4 episodes, 1998
Peter Vaughan ...  Mr. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Boffin 4 episodes, 1998
Steven Mackintosh ...  John Harmon / ... 4 episodes, 1998
Sarah Crowden ...  First Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Cate Fowler ...  Second Guest 4 episodes, 1998
John Dallimore John Dallimore ...  Third Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Keeley Hawes ...  Lizzie Hexam 4 episodes, 1998
Peter Howell ...  Fourth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Michael Culkin ...  Mr. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
Anthony Calf ...  Alfred Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
Doon Mackichan ...  Sophronia Lammle 4 episodes, 1998
Ray Gardner Ray Gardner ...  Fifth Guest 4 episodes, 1998
Rose English Rose English ...  Mrs. Veneering 4 episodes, 1998
Margaret Tyzack ...  Lady Tippins 4 episodes, 1998
Kenneth Cranham ...  Silas Wegg 4 episodes, 1998
Timothy Spall ...  Mr. Venus 4 episodes, 1998
Paul Bailey Paul Bailey ...  Charley Hexam 3 episodes, 1998
David Morrissey ...  Bradley Headstone 3 episodes, 1998
Robert Lang ...  Mr. Tremlow 3 episodes, 1998
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ...  Jenny Wren 3 episodes, 1998
Rachel Power Rachel Power ...  Pleasant Riderhood 3 episodes, 1998
Roger Frost ...  Police Inspector 3 episodes, 1998
Martin Hancock ...  Sloppy 3 episodes, 1998
Cyril Shaps ...  Mr. Riah 3 episodes, 1998
Peter Wight ...  Mr. Wilfer 3 episodes, 1998
David Schofield ...  Gaffer Hexam 2 episodes, 1998
Linda Bassett ...  Abby Potterson 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Hanson Richard Hanson ...  George Radfoot 2 episodes, 1998
Eddie Webber Eddie Webber ...  First Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Alan Talbot Alan Talbot ...  Second Pub Regular 2 episodes, 1998
Willie Ross Willie Ross ...  Mr. Dolls 2 episodes, 1998
Edna Doré Edna Doré ...  Betty Higden 2 episodes, 1998
Bertie Shelley Bertie Shelley ...  Little Johnny 2 episodes, 1998
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ...  Reverend 2 episodes, 1998
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ...  Mrs. Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Catriona Yuill Catriona Yuill ...  Lavinia Wilfer 2 episodes, 1998
Vanessa Hadaway Vanessa Hadaway ...  Lammle's Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1998
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Love in a city where class governs all




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When Lizzie is adjusting Eugene's position on the boat, a hand can clearly be seen momentarily keeping the boat steady. It then lets go of the boat and can be seen in the water. See more »


Mortimer Lightwood: But he still lives, and he did you dreadful injury, and I cannot help but feel he should be punished.
Eugene Wrayburn: No, Mortimer. He does not live. And he did me a favor.
Mortimer Lightwood: A favor!
Eugene Wrayburn: Yes. Oh yes, consider this. Had he not attacked me, I don't know what I would have done. How I would have injured her in my reckless passion. Mortimer, listen. Listen. I would have lost her respect, any possibility of our love would have gone forever, consider that. And consider what I have, now. And then tell me whether the ...
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Loved it!
14 January 2006 | by kabarmSee all my reviews

This is the best Charles Dickens' screen adaptation i've ever seen. As soon as i saw it i went out and bought it. I spend entire days watching. the characters are so involving you just have to put in the next tape even if you know what happens. The acting is amazing and the screen play is well written. My sister and I are in love with John. Part of the appeal of this movie is that it is uplifting. Something that i find unusual in Dickens'. the music is great as well and really adds to the emotions of the piece. Be warned it is six hours long, but well worth it.All in all a great movie and anyone who loves a good romance, treachery, or murder mystery should see it because it blends all three. If you haven't seen it see it! If you have seen it, see it again.

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