Little Dorrit

Thursday 8:30 PM on BBC Premiered Oct 26, 2008 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Episode 1
      Episode 1
      When Arthur Clennam returns home to England after many years in China, he finds to his surprise that his mother has given a job to a young seamstress named Amy Dorrit, for no apparent reason. His attempt to find out what is behind this uncharacteristic act of charity takes him to Marshalsea Debtor's Prison, where he meets the longest-serving inmate, Amy's father.moreless
    • Episode 2
      Episode 2
      Arthur Clennam starts to develop a relationship with Amy Dorrit as he continues to try to uncover the link between his family history and hers. Left on the sidelines are Arthur's former sweetheart Flora and stuttering prison doorman John Chivery, who has lost his heart to Amy.
    • Episode 3
      Episode 3
      Unaware of the depth of Arthur Clennam's interest in her, Amy Dorrit now discovers that some unknown "gentleman" has paid off all her brother's debts. Meanwhile, Pet Meagles, another of Arthur's old girlfriends, invites him to visit her at Twickenham. And Jeremiah Flintwinch turns up again, taunting Mrs. Clennam about the mystery at the heart of her family's history.moreless
    • Episode 4
      Episode 4
      Amy Dorrit's life is turned upside down when she receives a proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Arthur Clennam is taken on as a partner in the engineering firm run by Daniel Doyce, and the dangerous French villain Rigaud shows up in London.
    • Episode 5
      Episode 5
      Amy Dorrit accompanies her sister Fanny to meet the mysterious banker Mr. Merdle and his wife, who is the virtual queen bee of London high society. Meanwhile, the villainous Rigaud obtains possession of important papers relating to the Clennam family.
    • Episode 6
      Episode 6
      Arthur Clennam proposes to his old girlfriend Pet Meagles, in spite of her idiotic father. Meanwhile, the enterprising Pancks continues his efforts to unravel the mysterious connection between the House of Clennam and members of the Dorrit family.
    • Episode 7
      Episode 7
      Rigaud introduces himself to the House of Clennam, whilst Pet marries Henry Gowan. Mr Pancks' investigation into the Dorrit family's incarceration at the Marshalsea concludes as Arthur and Amy break momentous news to Mr Dorrit.
    • Episode 8
      Episode 8
      Mr Dorrit is released from the Marshalsea after more than twenty years and takes his family abroad in order for them to reinvent themselves as members of society. Miss Wade commissions Rigaud to watch Pet and Henry Gowan, whilst Rigaud takes the chance to follow the Dorrits and find out their connection to the House of Clennam.moreless
    • Episode 9
      Episode 9
      The Dorrits arrive in Venice where Fanny renews her acquaintance with Edmund Sparkler and his mother, Mrs Merdle, whilst Amy becomes friends with Pet Gowan. Rigaud suspects a deeper connection between the Dorrits and the House of Clennam.
    • Episode 10
      Episode 10
      Fanny's dalliance with Edmund Sparkler spurs Mrs Merdle into making plans to separate the two once and for all. Merdle's Bank is besieged by investors. Arthur is concerned when he sees a suspicious Frenchman- Rigaud- at his mother's house.
    • Episode 11
      Episode 11
      Fanny and Edmund Sparkler become closer, despite his mother's wishes. Mr Dorrit gets an unpleasant reminder of his former days as he once again meets old acquaintances in Venice.
    • Episode 12
      Episode 12
      Mr Dorrit returns to London with Fanny and Edmund Sparkler, leaving Amy behind in Venice; however the high life in London is not what he hoped it would be. Arthur invests Doyce and Clennam's capital in Mr Merdle's bank, whilst Doyce takes a commission in Russia.
    • Episode 13
      Episode 13
      Mr Dorrit returns to Venice after his trip to London revives some unwelcome memories but his increasingly erratic behaviour begins to worry his family especially his outburst at Mrs Merdle's ball. Amy and Arthur meet again, whilst Arthur warns his mother she may be in danger from the villainous Rigaud.
    • Episode 14
      Episode 14
      Mr Merdle's death and the collapse of Merdle's Bank sends shockwaves throughout London as many people face financial ruin- including Arthur, who returns to the Marshalsea as a prisoner. As he lies gravely ill, Amy returns to her birthplace to look after him. The mystery at the heart of the House of Clennam is also revealed as Rigaud returns to play out his blackmail of Mrs Clennam.moreless