Great Expectations

Watch part two of Masterpiece’s modern adaptation

Sunday, April 8, 2012

An orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman and a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron in Masterpiece Classic’s “Great Expectations, Charles Dickens’ remarkable tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge.

Last Sunday part one aired; watch it online now! Part two airs Sunday, April 8 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Thursday, April 12 at 9/8 p CT on KET2.

Gillian Anderson appears as one of Dickens’ most haunting creations: Miss Havisham, a bride-to-be who was jilted at the altar years before and has worn her faded wedding dress ever since, surrounded at home by the fossilized remains of the marriage feast and hell-bent on getting even with the male species.

“Great Expectations” airs during the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth and marks the fifteenth Masterpiece adaptation of the great novelist’s works, including the acclaimed Bleak House, starring Anderson; Little Dorrit, the winner of seven Emmy awards; and David Copperfield, which introduced the very young Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) to American audiences.

Newcomer Douglas Booth plays Pip, the promising young man who is snared in Miss Havisham’s lair. On the way to becoming a gentleman, he falls in love with Miss Havisham’s beautiful adopted daughter, Estella, played by Vanessa Kirby. Also co-starring: David Suchet as Jaggers, Miss Havisham’s crack attorney; and Ray Winstone as the fugitive felon Abel Magwitch, who is by turns dangerous, vengeful and recklessly loyal.

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