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Bleak House

Rated M

This adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel is arguably the greatest ever depiction of Victorian London. Orphans Esther, Richard and Ada are sent to live at Bleak House. In London's dark underbelly, Tulkinghorn receives a nasty surprise.

Despite his grim discovery, Tulkinghorn remains undeterred from his inquiry into Lady Dedlock's past. Richard and Ada plan their engagement, but receive an unexpected setback. Esther meets an attractive young doctor called Allan Woodcourt.

A chance encounter in the country raises intriguing questions for Esther and Lady Dedlock. Richard's inability to settle causes a rift with John Jarndyce, much to Ada's dismay. Tulkinghorn finally unearths the identity of the mysterious Nemo.

Esther falls sick with smallpox. George has to make an impossible decision when Tulkinghorn instructs the evil money-lender Smallweed to turn up the heat on his debts. And Jarndyce is beside himself when tragedy strikes Bleak House.

Richard's obsession with the Jarndyce case has grown to worrying proportions. Guppy puts himself at risk when he gets in Tulkinghorn's way. And Tulkinghorn has proof of Lady Dedlock's guilt, and issues her with a terrible ultimatum.

George's anger knows no bounds when Tulkinghorn breaks his promise. A marriage proposal surprises Esther, but is it from the right man? Tulkinghorn thinks Lady Dedlock is in his power, but she defies him with terrible consequences.

"Esther's feelings for Woodcourt grow stronger, despite her best intentions. Richard and Ada's news causes great concern for Esther and Jarndyce. As Inspector Bucket investigates Tulkinghorn's murder, there is no shortage of suspects."

"The moneylender Smallweed has evidence of Lady Dedlock's secret past and intends to use it against her. Cornered, Lady Dedlock makes a terrible decision. The impossible happens - a result in Chancery. It is one that will astound everyone."