David Copperfield (1999) (TV) TV

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Ratings / Votes
7.6/ 10 (2252 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [gb]
WGBH [us] - (co-production)

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(UK) - 25 December 1999
(USA) - 16 April 2000
(Sweden) - 25 December 2001
(Hungary) - 25 December 2005
(Germany) - 9 October 2008

Running Time


19th-century, abusive-stepfather, aunt-nephew-relationship, author, baby, based-on-novel, bath, beating, benefactor, betrayal, biting-hand, boarding-school, boathouse, boy, caning, canterbury-england, character-name-in-title, charles-dickens, child's-point-of-view, child-abuse, child-labor, clerk, coming-of-age, companion, cruelty,

Technical Support
RAT:1.78 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Abbott, Brian (I) as [Constable] <23>
  2. Armstrong, Alun as [Dan Peggotty] <9>
  3. Bennett, Sacha as (uncredited) [David's Employer]
  4. Cannon, Daniel as (uncredited) [Young Boy]
  5. Carter, Adam (III) as (uncredited) [Beggar Boy]
  6. Carter, Dean (I) as (uncredited) [Beggar Boy]
  7. Elphick, Michael (I) as [Barkis] <7>
  8. Eve, Trevor (I) as [Murdstone] <6>
  9. Farrell, Colin (II) as (uncredited) [Milkman]
  10. Ford Davies, Oliver as [Mr. Wickfield] <28>
  11. Grout, James (I) as [Mr. Spenlow] <32>
  12. Hoskins, Bob (I) as [Micawber] <19>
  13. Howard, Richard (II) as (uncredited) [Doctor]
  14. Hughes, Ed (XII) as (uncredited) [Steerforth's Friend]
  15. Johnson, Karl (II) as [Tungay] <14>
  16. Larsen, Rory as (uncredited) [Beggar Boy]
  17. Lloyd, Harry (I) as [Young Steerforth] <16>
  18. Lyndhurst, Nicholas as [Uriah Heep] <27>
  19. MacDonald, Kenneth (II) as (uncredited) [Littimer]
  20. Maher, Thomas (I) as [Mick] <18>
  21. Maybrick, David as (uncredited) [Officer]
  22. McKellen, Ian as [Creakle] <15>
  23. McMenamin, Ciarán as [David Copperfield] <31>
  24. McNeice, Ian as [Mr. Dick] <26>
  25. Milburn, Oliver (I) as (uncredited) [Steerforth]
  26. Neep, Adam as (uncredited) [School Boy]
  27. Nightingale, Jake as [Tinker] <24>
  28. Normington, John as [Dr. Chillip] <4>
  29. Pryal, Richard as (uncredited) [Fisherman]
  30. Radcliffe, Daniel as [Young David] <5>
  31. Sproule, Peter as [Bootmaker] <20>
  32. Sudgen, Chris as (uncredited) [Fisherman]
  33. Swinscoe, Steve as [Quinion] <17>
  34. Thornton, James (II) as [Ham Peggotty] <8>
  35. Whitehouse, Paul (I) as [Pawnbroker] <22>
  36. Wilkinson, Tom (I) as [Narrator] <36>
  37. Barlow, Thelma as (uncredited) [Mrs. Heep]
  38. Byrne, Patsy as [Mrs. Gummidge] <10>
  39. Corrigan, Antonia as [Young Agnes] <29>
  40. Fox, Emilia as [Clara Copperfield] <1>
  41. French, Dawn as [Mrs. Crupp] <33>
  42. Harling, Laura as [Little Emily] <11>
  43. Holman, Clare (I) as (uncredited) [Rosa Dartle]
  44. Lunghi, Cherie as (uncredited) [Mrs. Steerforth]
  45. Macklin, Eve as (uncredited) [Dancer]
  46. McGuckin, Aislín as (uncredited) [Emily]
  47. McKendry, Simpson as (uncredited) [Angry Peasant Child]
  48. McKenzie, Emily (I) as [Janet] <25>
  49. Page, Joanna as [Dora Spenlow] <34>
  50. Quirke, Pauline as [Peggotty] <2>
  51. Ryan, Amanda (I) as [Agnes Wickfield] <30>
  52. Slemp, Morgane as (uncredited) [Young Clara]
  53. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Betsey Trotwood] <3>
  54. Staunton, Imelda as [Mrs. Micawber] <21>
  55. Tong, Jacqueline (I) as [Lady in coach] <13>
  56. Wanamaker, Zoë as [Miss Murdstone] <12>
  57. Wilkie, Clare as [Julia Mills] <35>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

David Copperfield lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara and their housekeeper Peggotty. His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber and moves in with the man and his loving family but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood. She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. As he grows older David is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora. Life's challenges continue to confront him but with the help of friends and family, he overcomes adversity including his aunt's loss of her savings, the death of his wife and the satisfaction of seeing the conniving Uriah Heep sent to a penal colony. garykmcd Plot not found

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Movie Certificate

PG (Singapore)
PG (Australia)
Unrated (USA)

Music Composers

  1. Lane, Rob (III)


  1. Collins, Andy (I) (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. O'Neill, Mike (I)


2 Entertain Video [gb] - (2001) (UK) (DVD)
BBC Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Daily Mail Newspapers [gb] - (2009) (UK) (DVD)
Masterpiece Theatre [us] - (2000) (USA) (TV)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) [us] - (2000) (USA) (TV)
WGBH Boston Video [us] - (2000) (USA) (VHS)
WGBH Boston Video [us] - (2002) (USA) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Kloss, Philip


  1. Ayres, Alan (publicist)
  2. Brooks, Victoria (III) (publicist)
  3. Christie, Ruth (script supervisor)
  4. Conway, Peter (II) (assistant location manager) (uncredited)
  5. Coop, Adam (runner)
  6. Dent, Emma (horse and carriage supplier)
  7. Dent, Steve (I) (horse and carriage supplier)
  8. Harris, Pippa (development executive)
  9. Hodge, Carol (I) (production executive)
  10. Horwood, Jason (stand-in) (uncredited)
  11. Jackson, Andy (XIII) (location manager)
  12. Jackson, Paul (II) (executive producer for entertainment)
  13. Kingsland, Ben (runner)
  14. Marshall, Liza (script editor)
  15. Nelson, Jeanette (dialect coach) (as Jeannette Nelson)
  16. Payne, Ken (I) (assistant production accountant)
  17. Robinson, Nikki (I) (location manager)
  18. Sipling, Dean (production accountant)
  19. Watkin, Caroline (production coordinator)
  20. Williamson, Dean (II) (runner)
  21. Wing, Kirsten (production coordinator)


Barkis: [repeated] Barkis is willin'! Murdstone: [to David] You will defy me no further, boy! You will learn! Murdstone: This boy, you should know, Miss Trotwood, has a sullen, rebellious spirit, a violent temper and an intractable disposition. Miss Murdstone: Of all the boys in the world, this is the worst boy. Betsey Trotwood: Strong, Miss Murdstone. Miss Murdstone: But not at all too strong for the situation. Betsey Trotwood: Indeed? Well, sir? Murdstone: I placed this boy in a respectable business. He ran away from it. The facts, I propose, speak for themselves. Betsey Trotwood: About this respectable business, a blacking factory, I believe. If he had been your own boy, you would have put him to it just the same, I suppose. Murdstone: I had my own opinion. This is the best way of bringing up this particular boy. I act on them and I say no more about them. Betsey Trotwood: I see. What else do you have to say? Murdstone: Merely this: I have come to take my stepson back. I will deal with him as I think right and dispose of him as I think proper. If you seek to impede me in any way, if you step between us now, you do so forever. Betsey Trotwood: What does the boy say? Are you ready to go, David? Young David Copperfield: Please don't make me leave you, Aunt. They made my Mama very unhappy and they never cared for me. I want to stay here with you and Mr. Dick. Betsey Trotwood: Mr. Dick, what shall I do with this child? Mr. Dick: I'd have him measured for a suit of clothes directly. Betsey Trotwood: Mr. Dick, give me your hand. [She shakes his hand] For your common sense is invaluable. [Takes David in her arms] I'll take my chance with the boy. If he is all you say he is, I can at least do as much for him as you have done. But I don't believe a word of it! Murdstone: [Standing up angrily] Miss Trotwood, if you were a gentleman... Betsey Trotwood: BAH! Stuff and nonsense! Don't talk to me! Miss Murdstone: How exquisitely polite. Overpowering, really. Betsey Trotwood: [to Murdstone, ignoring Jane] You think I don't know what kind of life you've led this child's mother? It was a woeful day when you first appeared, smirking, making great eyes at her, so you wouldn't say "Boo!" to a ghost! Miss Murdstone: I've never heard anything to elegant. Betsey Trotwood: [Still ignoring Jane] And when you'd made quite sure of the poor little thing, you began to train her and break her. Like a caged bird, wearing her life away and teaching her to sing your notes. Miss Murdstone: 'Tis either insanity or intoxication. Betsey Trotwood: [Still ignoring Jane] You broke her heart, then punished the boy, because of your own guilt! There's the truth for your comfort, and you and your instrument may make the most of it! Miss Murdstone: May I inquire whom you are referring to as an instrument? Betsey Trotwood: Good day, sir! And Goodbye! [Murdstone leaves without a word] Betsey Trotwood: [to Jane Murdstone] Let me see you ride a donkey over my green again, and I'll knock your bonnet off. And tread upon it! Murdstone: David, if I have an obstenent dog or horse to deal with, what do you think I do? I beat him. I make him wince and smart. I say to myself, "I'll conquer that fellow, and even if it costs him every drop of blood he has, I'll do it." [Grasps David firmly] Do we understand each other? [David nods] Good. [Strokes David's head] Now wash your face and come downstairs directly. Miss Murdstone: Generally speaking, I don't like boys. Murdstone: What name did you just call your mistress? Peggotty: [Coldly] Mrs Copperfield, same as always, sir. Murdstone: But she has a new name now: Murdstone. Oblige me by remembering that in future. Betsey Trotwood: I don't allow anybody to ride over this turf. I make no exceptions. Miss Murdstone: Your regulation is rather awkward to strangers.

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. The Square, Great Tew, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (The Rookery, Blunderstone - David's childhood home)
  2. Benacre Beach, Benacre, Suffolk, England, UK - (Peggotty Boathouse, Yarmouth)
  3. Blackfriars, London, England, UK
  4. Bombay Wharf, Rotherhithe, London, England, UK - (Murdstone & Grinby blacking factory)
  5. Canning Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - (David hails a carriage on a London street)
  6. Clifton House, Queen Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, UK - (attic room used as interior of King's Bench debtors prison)
  7. Falkner Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - (Micawber House, London)
  8. Hare Court, Temple, Holborn, London, England, UK - (Spenlow & Jorkins office)
  9. Henry Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - (brothel exterior)
  10. Houghton Lodge, Stockbridge, Hampshire, England, UK - (Betsey Trotwood's house, Dover)
  11. King Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, UK - (interior of brothel)
  12. Peckover House, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, UK - (Steerforth House, Highgate)
  13. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Wales, UK - (David travels)
  14. Stanley Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - (the emigrants leave for Australia)
  15. The Crescent, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, UK - (Golden Cross Inn, London)
  16. Wisbech Castle, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, UK - (Wickfield house, Cambridge)


- 'Harry Lloyd (I)' (qv) (Young Steerforth) is the great-great-great-grandson of 'Charles Dickens' (qv), who wrote the novel on which this production is based.

- 'Daniel Radcliffe' (qv)'s first filmed project. In his first role, he would co-star with no less than six of his future co-stars of the "Harry Potter" film series: 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) (Minerva McGonagall), 'Zoë Wanamaker' (qv) (Madame Hooch), 'Imelda Staunton' (qv) (Dolores Umbridge), 'Dawn French' (qv) (The Fat Lady in _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv)), 'Paul Whitehouse (I)' (qv) (Sir Cadogan in "Prisoner of Azkaban" (scenes deleted)), and 'Simpson McKendry' (qv) (who played a Beauxbatons girl in _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)_ (qv)).

- The aqua pelisse 'Emilia Fox' (qv) (Clara Copperfield) wears to say goodbye to Davy was previously worn by 'Emilia Fox' (qv) (Georgiana Darcy) at Ramsgate in _"Pride and Prejudice" (1995)_ (qv). The same costume is also worn by 'Olivia Williams (I)' (qv) (Jane Fairfax) at Box Hill in _Emma (1996) (TV)_ (qv), by 'Anna Madeley' (qv) (Lucy Steele) at Fanny's London house in _"Sense & Sensibility" (2008)_ (qv), and by 'Julie Cox (I)' (qv) (Annabella