David Copperfield (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film  |   Run Time - 325 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The 1974 BBC adaptation of David Copperfield -Charles Dickens's 1850 bildungsroman about a young Brit's coming of age in mid-nineteenth century London - sports David Yelland in the title role, alongside such luminaries as Arthur Lowe (O' Lucky Man, Sweet William) as Wilkins Macawber, Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited, Under the Volcano) as James Steerforth), and Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) as Mrs. Micawber. The story sees Copperfield working through hardship after hardship, including a sadistic boarding school, an abusive stepfather, and estrangement from the warmth of his mother, to fulfill his destiny and be all that he can. Julian Aymes directs this acclaimed five-and-a-half hour miniseries, from a script by William Trevor.