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Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. – Great Expectations

(Rochester, NY) – An orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman, a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron, on Great Expectations, Charles Dickens’ remarkable tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge, starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Bleak House), David Suchet, Ray Winstone, and Douglas Booth. The three-hour mini-series airs in two parts, Sundays April 1 and 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Anderson appears as one of Dickens’ most haunting creations: Miss Havisham, a bride-to-be who was jilted at the altar years before and has worn her fading wedding dress ever since, surrounded at home by the fossilized remains of the marriage feast and hell-bent on getting even with the male sex. Newcomer Booth stars as Pip, the promising young man who is snared in Miss Havisham’s lair. On the way to becoming a gentleman, he falls in love with Miss Havisham’s beautiful adopted daughter, Estella, played by Vanessa Kirby (The Hour). Great Expectations airs during the bicentennial of Dickens' birth and marks the fifteenth Masterpiece adaptation of the great novelist’s works, including the acclaimed Bleak House, starring Anderson; Little Dorrit, the winner of seven Emmy awards; and David Copperfield, which introduced the very young Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) to American audiences.

Credit: Courtesy of (C) BBC for MASTERPIECE- Photographer: Todd Antony
Pictured: Gillian Anderson stars as Miss Havisham

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