Regarded by scholars as the first English detective thriller, this British TV-miniseries version of Dickens' serialized novel is more like a Greek tragedy with the gods recast as implacable judges and lawyers. The probate case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce has languished at the Chancellery for a good part of the 19th century. Without an inviolable will at hand, only attorneys like Mr. Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance) can profit from the contested claims. Philanthropic John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) has washed his hands of the case, because his beloved uncle had shot himself after realizing his inherited windfall was a pipe dream. At his estate, Bleak House, John does give refuge ...