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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
In pictures: Bleak House

Bleak House

Charles Dickens' classic 1852 story Bleak House is being serialised on BBC One with a large and varied star cast.

Anna Maxwell Martin and Denis Lawson

Anna Maxwell Martin plays Esther Summerson, an orphan sent to live with John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) in Bleak House.

Gillian Anderson

The X Files actress Gillian Anderson plays aristocratic Lady Dedlock, who hides something behind her studied poise.

Nathaniel Parker

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries star Nathaniel Parker plays Mr Jarndyce's friend, the manipulative Harold Skimpole.

Charles Dance

Gosford Park star Charles Dance plays lawyer Tulkinghorn, who becomes determined to unearth Lady Dedlock's secrets.

Charlie Brooks

Charlie Brooks, who played Janine Butcher in EastEnders, appears as brick maker's wife Jenny who lives in a slum.

Patrick Kennedy and Carey Mulligan

Money complicates a romance between Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, played by Patrick Kennedy and Carey Mulligan.

Matthew Kelly

Stars in Their Eyes presenter Matthew Kelly plays Old Mr Turveydrop, a gentleman celebrated for his deportment.

Johnny Vegas

Comic Johnny Vegas plays the eccentric Krook, whose passion for gin matches his love of collecting old legal documents.

Alistair McGowan

Impressionist Alistair McGowan plays Jarndyce's lawyer Kenge. Bleak House begins on BBC One on 27 October.

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