The Village Voice: Mini BH Review
Posted at 6:40 AM (PST) on Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Remote Patrol
by Joy Press
January 17th, 2006
The Village Voice

Bleak House
January 22 through February 26 at 9 on channel 13

This spectacular six-part adaptation of the lit classic feels more like a plush Jane Austen tale than Dickens, full of imprudent matches, trembling bodices, and an enfeebled aristocracy embodied by Lady Dedlock (the return of Gillian Anderson at her most delicate and dazzling). But plenty of Dickensian touches remain in this woeful tale of legal bureaucracy gone awry. Spontaneous combustion, bloodsucking lawyers, and a lovesick schemer named Guppy turn Masterpiece Theatre into must-see TV.