Charles Dickens' classic 1852 story Bleak House is being serialised on BBC One with a large and varied star cast.
Anna Maxwell Martin plays Esther Summerson, an orphan sent to live with John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) in Bleak House.
The X Files actress Gillian Anderson plays aristocratic Lady Dedlock, who hides something behind her studied poise.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries star Nathaniel Parker plays Mr Jarndyce's friend, the manipulative Harold Skimpole.
Gosford Park star Charles Dance plays lawyer Tulkinghorn, who becomes determined to unearth Lady Dedlock's secrets.
Charlie Brooks, who played Janine Butcher in EastEnders, appears as brick maker's wife Jenny who lives in a slum.
Money complicates a romance between Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, played by Patrick Kennedy and Carey Mulligan.
Stars in Their Eyes presenter Matthew Kelly plays Old Mr Turveydrop, a gentleman celebrated for his deportment.
Comic Johnny Vegas plays the eccentric Krook, whose passion for gin matches his love of collecting old legal documents.
Impressionist Alistair McGowan plays Jarndyce's lawyer Kenge. Bleak House begins on BBC One on 27 October.