Sunday, June 4, 2000, 9pm to 11pm
A body pulled from the Thames is identified as young John Harmon, heir to a
fortune made in dust-contracting (a lucrative 19th century recycling business).
Bella Wilfer, his wife-to-be by terms of old Harmon's will, goes into mourning
though she has never met her fiancé. Bella is adopted by Mr. and Mrs.
Boffin, inheritors of the dust business in default of young Harmon. The Boffins also hire a very capable but mysterious young man as
secretary, John Rokesmith, whose keen interest in Bella holds the secret to his
June 11, 2000, 9pm to 11pm
Lizzie Hexam, daughter of the corpse robber who found young Harmon's alleged
body, is being courted by two desperate characters: Eugene Wrayburn, a
dissolute barrister, and Bradley Headstone, a mentally-deranged schoolmaster.
As their rivalry gets out of hand, Lizzie flees. Meanwhile, the once-kindly Mr.
Boffin has become a tyrant to Rokesmith, who evokes the sympathy of the
formerly haughty Bella.
June 18, 2000, 9pm to 11pm
Two low-life characters sifting through the dust mountain have found an
alternate will from old Harmon, which they plan to use to blackmail Mr. Boffin.
Rokesmith and Bella have secretly married, without Bella realizing her husband
is actually John Harmon, her original fiancé, about to claim his dust
fortune from the Boffins, who for their part have been playing villains to test
Bella's true character. Meanwhile, Eugene has a brush with death via Headstone
and decides to do the honorable thing with Lizzie.
All photographs courtesy BBC
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