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David Copperfield is a British six-part television serial of the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens adapted by Hugh Whitemore, directed by Joan Craft and first shown on BBC 1 in weekly parts from 1 December 1974 to 5 January 1975.[1] It was a co-production with Time-Life Television Productions.[2] It is the earliest BBC adaptation to exist in its entirety. The 1956 adaptation is completely lost, whilst only four of the 1966 adaptation's episodes are known to exist.


Critical reception

This version was generally well received.[3] In Clive James review for The Observer he wrote: "David Copperfield is as good as everybody says. Steerforth's flaw is well conveyed by Anthony Andrews, and Uriah Heep, played by Martin Jarvis, is a miracle of unction: to hear him talk is like stepping on a toad long dead. But Arthur Lowe's Micawber is better than anything. He follows W. C. Fields in certain respects, but is graciously spoken; and his gestures are as delicate as Oliver Hardy's. Not that his performance is eclectic - it is a subtle unity like everything he attempts."[4]


  1. ^ "David Copperfield". 1 December 1974. p. 35 – via BBC Genome.
  2. ^ "David Copperfield Part 6 (1975)". BFI. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ "David Copperfield (1974) - Joan Craft | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  4. ^ Clive James Visions Before Midnight, p.112. Fields played Micawber in the 1935 film version.