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updated 5.21.2007

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Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
After hearing so much about Bleak House and not having watched it when it first aired, I finally decided to borrow it from the library. My sister and I were absolutely and completely spellbound! I was impressed by the ability of the actors and actresses to exude such feeling and evince such nuances of personality. While watching we became involved in the story, loving Esther and Mr. Jarndyce, hoping for Ada and Richard, hating Mr. Skimpole, disgusted by Smallweed, having compassion for Lady Dedlock and carrying a death wish for Mr. Tulkinghorn. I'd have to say, though, that my favorite performance was that of Burn Gorman as Mr. Guppy. He's a scene-stealer, make no mistake, and very amusing. I love Bleak House!

Samantha U.

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
The new production of Bleak House is about a thousand times better than the previous version of several years ago. It almost does justice to the Dickens novel. I say "almost" because nothing ever can. It's in a class by itself; but this comes awfully close.

Wackford Squaares
Tulsa, OK

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I think that Bleak House is a well-put-together production. I love the way it shows that even when tragedy strikes, some kind of happiness will always shine through. With a memorable cast, a plot that keeps us guessing and characters that keep us in stitches, Bleak House gets a five star rating in my book.

Raisa Robinson
Elk Grove, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Charles Dickens, you rock! You are the coolest writer in the world! I'm inspired by your work and I want to become a famous writer when I grow up. Just remember we all love you!

P.S. I'm only in sixth grade!

Demi Mocha
Woodside, NY

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I enjoyed Bleak House a lot. Charles Dickens based Krook's death on 30 real-life cases. It caused quite a stir at the time.

Greg White
Moose Jaw, SK

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Kudos to the producers of Bleak House for selecting Gillian Anderson for her role. "Superb" is insufficient praise for her rendering of this complex character. Like her portrayal of the heroine in The House of Mirth, Ms. Anderson felt every nuance of this character's suffering. She has developed wonderful skill. This presentation was perfect from costumes to sets to actors.

Judie Stoddard
Fayetteville, NC

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Watching your recent broadcasts of Bleak House, I was struck once again by the seamless acting of the large cast. The actors are so good they make most others appear to overact. The only American actress who can compare is Meryl Streep. The leading roles in Bleak House were superbly cast and acted.

Margaret Rehm
Vista, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I stumbled upon Bleak House by accident on PBS and I have been "captivated" ever since. I was surprised with how glued I was to the TV. I felt strongly for some characters and hated others. That's how powerful the series was -- it makes you feel what the characters are feeling -- love, hate, humor, pity. The cast did a great job. Kudos to the cast and crew.

M. Kolostian
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I agree with Charlotte Ryan that Charles Dance's performance was perfectly evil. But somehow he managed to still project sexual attraction (at least to me).

Sue Vaughan
Knoxville, TN

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Bleak House was exceptional indeed. Visually beautiful, but above all things heartfelt and well written. The characters will stay with me for a long time.

Raffaella Arnaldi
Pavia, Italy

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I ordered Bleak House on DVD and I am so glad that I did! I haven't been this excited about a movie or series since Pride and Prejudice! Magnificent work! But I have to mention my favorite character which was, of course, Lady Dedlock played amazingly by Gillian Anderson (She should win the Emmy!)

Evita V.

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