Previously adapted for British television in 1962, Charles Dickens' novel The Old Curiosity Shop
was given the BBC miniseries treatment a second time beginning December 9, 1979. On this occasion, Natalie Ogle
starred as Little Nell, resourceful granddaughter of an elderly shopkeeper (Sebastian Shaw
) addicted to gambling. Despite the formidable villainy of malevolent dwarf Daniel Quilp (Trevor Peacock
), Nell struggled valiantly to save the shop from passing into other hands -- and to save her grandfather from himself. Wisely, this adaptation retained the tragic ending that stirred up a storm of controversy when the novel was originally published. The Old Curiosity Shop
ran for nine half-hour episodes.