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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001)
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Directed by: Stephen Whittaker
Script by: Martyn Hesford
Status: Release April 8 & 15 2001 - ITV 1
Genre: Period Drama (2 part TV Mini-series)
Runtime: 2 x 120 min
Production Studio: Nickleby TV, Company Pictures
Co-Stars: Sophia Myles, Charles Dance, Lee Ingleby, Diana Kent, Dominic West
Role: Nicholas Nickleby
The eponymous protagonist is Nicholas Nickleby, the handsome, warm-hearted, enterprising son of a widow whose husband’s death left her children impoverished as the result of unwise speculations. Described by Dickens as a young man of “impetuous temper & little or no experience.”
Plot: An adaptation of a novel by Charles Dickens. When Mr. Nickleby dies penniless his widow and two teenage children are left at the mercy of his rich but stingy brother Ralph Nickleby. Young Nicholas Nickleby is sent as a teacher to a boys school in Yorkshire where conditions are less than pleasant, and he endeavorers to make life tolerable for his students. When he quarrels with the schoolmaster he travels across the country in search of work with his crippled friend Smike in tow. Meanwhile his sweet sister Kate is set up in as a dressmaker's shop assistant and her uncle introduces her to rich young men in the hopes she'll make a good match. Nicholas meets a wide variety of characters as his story progresses and discovers the mystery behind Smike's parentage.
Trivia & Facts:
- Liz Smith plays the same role, Peg Sliderscew, that she played in an earlier BBC miniseries of Nicholas Nickleby (1977), over twenty years earlier.
- The quest for authenticity was to be a characteristic of Director Stephen Whitaker’s productions. He gave actors the feeling that they had all the time in the world. And with his focus on the integrity of performance he often achieved his goal: to make both script and camera disappear, allowing the audience to view the humanity and truth of the character.
Film Location: Grassington, North Yorkshire; Witanhurst House and Harefield, London; Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire (England)
Awards & Nominations:
RTS Television Award 2001 and BAFTA TV Award 2002: Barbara Kidd (Best Costume Design)
BAFTA Nomination for Best Production Design 2002
A fellow cast member about James: His insouciance, however, is a carefully nurtured pose. “We were all fascinated by James, because he works at making people think it’s all a lark. In fact, he studies incredibly hard for his part, but he’d die rather than let anyone see sweat on his brow.
As for the cast, James D'Arcy's Nicholas is pitch-perfect: part cipher for the injustices and despair he encounters, part emblem for the triumph of goodness, an innocent whose eyes are quickly forced open to the darker realities of life. This fabulous version of Charles Dickens’ novel proves why British Costume drama is simply untouchable – TV Times
Charlie Hunnam cannot hold a candle to James D'Arcy's Nicholas - that is most definitely true. Charlie Hunnam makes the 2002 one difficult to watch because he simply cannot act, and he looks completely out of place. Nicholas's anger was not convincing when he played him, and every word he uttered was laughable. James D'Arcy did a magnificent job as Nicholas in the BBC 2001 version. For one thing, he can act, and for another he looked every inch as I imagined Nicholas, and his anger was believable. July 12, 2011 667bakerstreet.blogspot