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Episodes 2


Episode 2

October 28, 2005

Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance) and Krook (Johnny Vegas) call out the doctor, Allan Woodcourt (Richard Harrington). He suspects that Nemo's (John Lynch) death was caused by an accidental overdose of opium.The Coroner (Peter Guinness) confirms as much. Nemo is given a pauper's funeral. At the gloomy burial ground Tulkinghorn interrogates a young crossing-sweeper, named only Jo (Harry Eden), whom Nemo had befriended. He's convinced Jo knows something.Meanwhile, Ada (Carey Mulligan) and Richard (Patrick Kennedy) are beginning to fall in love. Jarndyce instructs Richard that it's time to choose an occupation. Very quickly, he decides upon a career in medicine.As a result, arrangements are made for Richard to study with Mr Bayham Badger (Richard Griffiths) in Chelsea. The four have dinner with him and the irrepressible Mrs Badger (Joanna David) who continually talks about her former husbands. There they encounter Allan Woodcourt. He and Esther are attracted to one another.At Chesney Wold, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) has taken a shine to the young maid Rosa (Emma Williams) – to the absolute horror of her existing French maid, Hortense (Lilo Baur).However, Lady Dedlock has more serious troubles when Tulkinghorn gleefully informs her that Nemo is dead. Later, as Lady Dedlock sits alone in the darkness, she sheds a tear.Meanwhile, Krook (Johnny Vegas) is gloating over a bundle of letters he filched from Nemo's trunk under Tulkinghorn's nose. Although he can't read, he thinks they smell like love letters.

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Episode 3

November 3, 2005

Ada (Carey Mulligan) confides in Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) that she and Richard (Patrick Kennedy) are in love. They wish to get engaged, but their guardian Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) disapproves and tells them it's far too soon to take this step. Reluctantly the pair agree to wait.Meanwhile, Richard's struggling with his medical studies, and decides to quit in favour of the law. But with his increasing obsession in matters at Chancery, will he come to regret the decision? In court with Ada, he meets Mr Gridley (Tony Haygarth) – an irascible and frustrated suitor who has wasted his life in pursuit of reward. Gridley flies off the handle at Tulkinghorn, who, enraged, orders a warrant for his arrest.Caddy Jellyby (Natalie Press) tells Esther she's entered into a secret engagement with Prince Turveydrop (Bryan Dick), the son of a dancing master. His father, Old Mr Turveydrop (Matthew Kelly), is a lazy, self-centred old man who preens around, showing off his deportment, whilst his son does all the work.Esther is also falling in love - she and Allan Woodcourt (Richard Harrington) have become close. But she's deeply disappointed to hear the news that he's taken a job as a ship's surgeon on a long voyage. A little hope remains, however, when she receives some flowers from him as a keepsake.Skimpole (Nathaniel Parker) joyfully announces that his old adversary, Mr Neckett the bailiff, has died. But when Jarndyce and Esther hear that he had a young family, they decide to visit his lodgings. There, they find that his daughter, Charley (Katie Angelou), is working as a washerwoman to provide for her siblings. Jarndyce resolves that they should take action.Elsewhere, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) instructs Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance) to cease his enquiries about Nemo (John Lynch). Nonetheless, she decides to conduct her own secret investigation tracking Jo (Harry Eden), the crossing sweeper, down at night and paying him to guide her around Nemo's old haunts. Finally, she visits his burial ground, where she's overcome with grief.

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