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Our Mutual Friend

Premier :: 1998-03-09

Airs :: Monday 21:30 on BBC

Genre :: Drama

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Dickens was the master of Victorian social satire, ruthlessly exposing the cruelty and absurdity that supported the strictly hierarchical class-structure of the day. This superb production of Our Mutual Friend does full justice to his darkest, most complex novel, fleshing out the satirical bones of the plot with performances that eschew caricature in favour of psychological depth. Anna Friel's Bella is wonderfully complex, her innate goodness struggling with her love of money and desire for advancement. Paul McGann, as the lawyer Wrayburn, is also superb, wrestling with the implications of his feelings for Lizzie. And of course, this being Dickens and the BBC, there's a terrific supporting cast, including Timothy Spall as the melancholy articulator of skeletons, Mr Venus. As the fortunes of the characters rise and fall, the river Thames flows eternally on, the symbolic backbone of this remarkable story.

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Series 1 - Episode 4 - Part 4
Aired - 30 March 1998

Episode summary:

Rokesmith and Bella have secretly married, without Bella realizing her husband is actually John Harmon, her original fiancé, about to claim his dust fortune from the Boffins, who for their part have been playing villains to test Bella's true character. Meanwhile, Eugene has a brush with death via Headstone and decides to do the honorable thing with Lizzie.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 4 Part 4 Aired - 30 March 1998
+ Episode - 3 Part 3 Aired - 23 March 1998
+ Episode - 2 Part 2 Aired - 16 March 1998
+ Episode - 1 Part 1 Aired - 09 March 1998

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