Great Expectations

Series 1 - Episode 2

Great Expectations
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Orphaned Pip (the distractingly beautiful Douglas Booth) is a grown man, sent to London by his mysterious benefactor to become a gentleman. As the second episode of Sarah Phelps’s superb adaptation of the Dickens classic opens, he is working for flinty lawyer Mr Jaggers (a sonorous David Suchet).

But Pip remains obsessed by Miss Havisham’s cold adopted daughter, Estella. Even as he eases into London society, he is haunted by the memory of his one and only love. But he has a rival for her affections, the sneering Bentley Drummel (super Tom Burke), who goads Pip about his unknown origins: “I know exactly who you are. You are not one of us.” Concludes tomorrow.

About this programme

2/3. Herbert Pocket takes Pip under his wing and tries to turn him into a gentleman, but the youngster's expensive taste sees him racking up debts, and his spending spirals farther out of control when he meets the charming and confident baronet Bentley Drummle. Miss Havisham asks Pip to visit her at Satis House, keen to see his transformation first-hand. With Douglas Booth, Harry Lloyd and Gillian Anderson.

Cast and crew


Abel Magwitch
Ray Winstone
Douglas Booth
Miss Havisham
Gillian Anderson
David Suchet
Mark Addy
Mrs Joe
Claire Rushbrook
Vanessa Kirby
Paul Rhys
Paul Ritter
Herbert Pocket
Harry Lloyd
Dolge Orlick
Jack Roth
Mrs Brandley
Frances Barber
Bentley Drummle
Tom Burke


Brian Kirk
Executive Producer
Anne Pivcevic
Executive Producer
Rebecca Eaton
George Ormond
Sarah Phelps