Back not too long ago when I was doing my M.A I began to love Dickens. Before this I'd always found him a but dull with the exception of Great Expectations. He always had far too many characters and sub-plots to my liking. I felt the same about Jane Austen for a number of years until something in me clicked and I suddenly loved it. I seem to go through this with most of the rather long winded classics until they managed to win me over and I wonder how I could ever have been bored. (Though I'm not budging on Tolstoy!). The only person I adored straight away was Edith Wharton, who seems terribly underrated in my humble opinion.
Anyway, a year ago or two, the BBC did a new version of Bleak House, which thanks to my Professor in Victorian Literature I came to appreciate every page. But when it was first aired I was working and ended up missing it. Repeats have been on, but I've only seen glimpses of it until yesterday, when I watched 5 hours in a row. (I don't really watch that much TV but when I do I tend to be addicted).
So I was thrilled watching this version, I'm on the edge of my seat and Gillian Anderson continues to surprise me (she did this first in House of Mirth, which I thought I'd hate but ended up buy on DVD as soon as I could).
Now some of you might be put off by the length and the language but think of it like a soap opera with a little Dickens magic. Go on you'll not be disappointed, plus there is always the book.