BBC's Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens (1969) (DVD)
The BBC's first television adaptation of the acclaimed classic Charles Dickens novel. Hugh Leonard's third Dickens adaptation for the BBC, first broadcast in 1969, is an absorbing portrayal of proud logic undone by staunch affection.
The timeless story of a father's blinkered pride, public downfall and emotional rescue
Paul Dombey (John Carson - Doomsday) is the rich owner of a shipping company, whose sole ambition is to have a son to inherit the family firm. When his weak and sickly son Paul is born, and his wife dies soon after giving birth, Dombey is instead advised to send the boy to the seaside. Dombey finds no solace in the affections of his elder child Florence (Kara Wilson), since his business-minded logic sees little use in daughters.
Encouraged by the sinister Major Bagstock (Clive Swift - Keeping Up Appearances), Dombey enters into a second, loveless marriage with Edith Grainger (Sally Home), who eventually flees to France with Dombey's double-dealing business manager James Carker (Gary Raymond - Jason and the Argonauts). Dombey's livelihood is further crippled by a burgeoning railway network, and all seems lost unless his pride will allow him to salvage a relationship with Florence.
The colourful characters also include put-upon clerk Walter Gay (Derek Seaton), retired sea-captain Cuttle (William Moore), scatterbrained Mr Toots (Christopher Sandford), Florence's faithful maid Susan Nipper (Helen Fraser), Dombey's fusspot sister Louisa Chick (Hilda Braid) and the spurned but loyal Lucretia Tox (Pat Coombs - You're Only Young Twice).
Language: English with English Subtitles
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