The Old Curiosity Shop is a Film programme that first aired in 2007.

The Old Curiosity Shop is a 3 star programme

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The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)

Directed by
Brian Percival

This superb dramatisation of Dickens's classic novel was well received when it was first shown last Christmas. Featuring a terrific cast - including Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Sophie Vavasseur, Zoë Wanamaker, Bradley Walsh and Gina McKee - it really delivers. Provided you're not expecting a warm and snug Christmas tale and are prepared for a dark story with an unpleasant ending, then it's a must-see.

Nell Trent (Vavasseur) is a kind and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather (Jacobi) in The Old Curiosity Shop. It is a magical place; an Aladdin's cave of treasures. Grandfather loves her dearly but, unbeknown to Nell, is obsessed with their precarious financial position and securing Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret, but borrows heavily from Daniel Quilp (a superb turn from Jones) an evil, profiteering loan shark. Quilp delights in exerting his power over the old man and his pretty granddaughter.

Convinced that grandfather has stored up a fortune for Nell, her wastrel brother Freddie Trent persuades the good-natured but easily led Dick Swiveller to win his sister's heart so that Swiveller can marry her and the two can share Nell's supposed inheritance. But grandfather has gambled away what little money they possess, and Quilp seizes the opportunity to force him to sign over possession of the shop.

As Quilp and his obsequious lawyer Sampson Brass move in, Nell and grandfather seize the opportunity to escape and run away to the country, where they meet a motley bunch of characters. Quilp, furious at being usurped, begins to hunt for Nell and grandfather...

Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2007

3/5 Stars

Production Country: Ireland

Filmed in Colour

Made for TV


Image for Derek JacobiDerek Jacobi...Grandfather
Image for Toby JonesToby Jones...Daniel Quilp
Image for Sophie VavasseurSophie Vavasseur...Nell Trent
Image for Gina McKeeGina McKee...Sally Brass
Image for Adam GodleyAdam Godley...Samson Brass
Image for Anna MadeleyAnna Madeley...Betsy Quilp
Adrian Rawlins...Jacob
Geoff Breton...Dick Swiveller
Bryan Dick...Freddie Trent
Image for Zoë WanamakerZoë Wanamaker...Mrs. Jarley
Image for Martin FreemanMartin Freeman...Mr. Codlin
Image for Steve PembertonSteve Pemberton...Mr. Short
George MacKay...Kit Nubbles
Josie Lawrence...Mrs. Jiniwin
Image for Bradley WalshBradley Walsh...Mr. Liggers