Our Mutual Friend

Charles Dickens Collection

The original BBC adaptation of Dickens’ satirical novel of love, loss and naked greed.

Cat. No: 169662
Barcode: 5019322696629
Run Time: 360 mins
Discs: 3
Cert: PG
Format: DVD
Release Date: 3rd July 2017

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When waterman Gaffer Hexam (Julian Somers) and daughter Lizzie (Rachel Roberts) fish a battered corpse from the Thames, it is identified as that of John Harmon.

Had Harmon lived, his father’s will required him to marry pretty Bella Wilfer (Zena Walker). Instead, the substantial estate passes on to Mr and Mrs Boffin (Richard Pearson and Marda Vanne), a kindhearted couple who adopt Bella. The mysterious John Rokesmith (Paul Daneman) becomes their trusted secretary, and they engage one-legged schemer Silas Wegg (Esmond Knight) to entertain them with nightly readings.

Lizzie is pursued by two suitors in the shape of work shy barrister Eugene Wrayburn (David McCallum) and wily Bradley Headstone (Alex Scott), and they become bitter rivals.

But what of Rokesmith’s true identity? And can the course of love and destiny run smooth?