Sunday, April 1 & 8 at 9:00 p.m.
Widely considered one of Dickens’ greatest novels, Great Expectations tells the story
of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith’s apprentice to
gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of
“great expectations.” As Pip grows up, he befriends Magwitch, a convict, becomes
the pet to Miss Havisham, an insane heiress, and falls in love with Estella, her
cold-hearted ward. A series of shocking setbacks teaches Pip the true source of
moral worth. Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars as Miss Havisham.
Sunday, April 15 at 9:00 p.m.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A disgruntled choirmaster (Matthew Rhys of Brothers and Sisters) fantasizes about killing his nephew who is engaged to marry the beautiful Rosa, with whom he is perversly in love. In failing health as he wrote the serialized installments of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens abandoned the sunny geniality of his earlier work for a plot that was more dreamlike, erotic, and sinister than anything he had ever published. He was halfway though his dark tale when he died.
Sunday, April 22 & 29 at 9:00 p.m.
A young British Lieutenant (Eddie Redmayne of My Week with Marilyn) meets the beautiful young wife of a textile factory owner and the two fall in love. A torrid affair ensues, but the two are torn apart by WWI. Down in the trenches, the Lieutenant is haunted by his love for Isabelle. Nevertheless, he learns of a secret operation by the enemy that is to take place on the Somme River where Isabelle is with a boating party. The international cast of stars also includes Matthew Goode (Brideshead Revisited),Anthony Andrews (The King’s Speech, Brideshead Revisited), Marie-Josée Croze (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Joseph Mawle (Murder on the Orient Express), Laurent Lafitte (Little White Lies), and Richard Madden (Great Expectations).