GenreDrama Music directorPeter Salem LanguageEnglish, Greek
WriterCharles Dickens, Tony Marchant Release dateUK 12 April 1999
US 9 May 1999 CastIoan Gruffudd (Pip), Justine Waddell (Estella), Charlotte Rampling (Miss Havisham) Similar moviesIoan Gruffudd appears in Great Expectations and Man and Boy
Great expectations trailer 1998
Great Expectations is a 1999 television film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name and was aired on Masterpiece Theatre.
A young boy called Pip stumbles upon a hunted criminal who threatens him and demands food. A few years later, Pip finds that he has a benefactor. Imagining that Miss Havisham, a rich lady whose adopted daughter Estella he loves, is the benefactor, Pip believes in a grand plan at the end of which he will be married to Estella. However, when the criminal from his childhood turns up one stormy night and reveals that he, Magwitch, is his benefactor, Pip finds his dreams crumbling. Although initially repulsed by his benefactor, Pip gradually becomes loyal to him and stays with him until his death.
Ioan Gruffudd as Pip
Gabriel Thomson as young Pip
Justine Waddell as Estella
Emma Cunniffe as Biddy
Charlotte Rampling as Miss Havisham
Bernard Hill as Magwitch
Clive Russell as Joe
Ian McDiarmid as Jaggers
Daniel Evans as Herbert Pocket
James Hillier as Bentley Drummle
The production filmed at a number of Kent locations including Sheerness Docks, Kingswear Castle Paddlesteamer, Chatham Docks and the River Medway and in Edinburgh.
In 2000, it won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Costume Design, but failed to win Best Design, Best Make Up/Hair, Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment) and Best Sound (Fiction/Entertainment). It had also won the 1999 RTS Television Award for Best Sound in Drama; Best Production Design in Drama; Best Lighting, and Photography & Camera; and was nominated for Best Tape & Film Editing in Drama. It was nominated for, but did not win, the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries.