Great Expectations

UKTV – Thursdays from 2 February, 7.30pm

On a cold winter’s day, an 11-year-old orphan – Pip – runs into escaped convict Magwitch. Magwitch orders the terrified boy to steal a file from his uncle’s forge to remove his shackles. When Pip returns, he brings food as well as the file – an innocent act of kindness that has far reaching consequences for them both.

Part thriller, part mystery, this is an epic tale of obsession, corruption, revenge, redemption and forgiveness. With the shadow of the gallows always present, it is a story of what we will do, what we will risk and just how far we will go for love.

Arts Channel – Saturday 12 April, 8.30pm

Violence and Victorian gentility meet in one of Dickens’ greatest creations. Pip’s epic journey from boy to man has at its centre his relationships with the terrifying convict Magwitch, manipulative Miss Havisham and the beautiful but heartless Estella. Tony Marchant’s adaptation is dark, sometimes savagely comic and wholly unsentimental.
Director: Julian Jarrold
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower) as Pip, Justine Waddell as Estella, and Charlotte Rampling as Miss Havisham. The cast also includes Bernard Hill as Magwitch and Ian McDiarmid as Jaggers.

Arts Channel – Saturday 5 April, 8.30pm

Violence and Victorian gentility meet in one of Dickens’ greatest creations. Pip’s epic journey from boy to man has at its centre his relationships with the terrifying convict Magwitch, manipulative Miss Havisham and the beautiful but heartless Estella. Tony Marchant’s adaptation is dark, sometimes savagely comic and wholly unsentimental. Directed by Julian Jarrold, this outstanding production stars Ioan Gruffudd (Hornblower) as Pip, Justine Waddell as Estella, and Charlotte Rampling as Miss Havisham. The cast also includes Bernard Hill as Magwitch and Ian McDiarmid as Jaggers.