The Old Curiosity Shop (2007 film)

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The Old Curiosity Shop
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Written by Charles Dickens (novel)
Martyn Hesford
Directed by Brian Percival
Starring Derek Jacobi
Sophie Vavasseur
Toby Jones
Theme music composer Stephen McKeon
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
ProducerAndrew Benson
CinematographyPeter Greenhalgh
Running time120 min.
Production company Carnival Films
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Original release26 December 2007 (2007-12-26)

The Old Curiosity Shop is a British television film adapted from the Charles Dickens's 1841 novel The Old Curiosity Shop . [1] It stars Irish actress Sophie Vavasseur as Nell Trent, with Derek Jacobi as her grandfather, Toby Jones as Quilp and George MacKay as Nell's friend, Kit. [2] It was broadcast on 26 December 2007 on ITV. The adaptation is in general very faithful to the novel. The most significant changes are the removal of the Garlands and their household and the identity of the Single Gentleman (here called Jacob) who is changed from Grandfather's brother to his estranged son and Nell's father.



Critical reception

The Hollywood Reporter noted "a sorrowful story of greed, poverty and grief, and ITV's version makes the most of it...Writer Martyn Hesford keeps the story tidy, while director Brian Percival moves things along while helping his cast to resist the temptation to be overly Dickensian...Jacobi finds some vinegar in what could easily be a sweet old man, and Jones gives some shading to Quilp's villainy. Stephen McKeon's versatile score helps considerably." [3] The Guardian wrote "Toby Jones, as the revolting Daniel Quilp, steals just about anything he can get his hands on, including the show." [4]

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