The BEST Episodes of Little Dorrit

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Network: BBC One

This gripping new adaptation by Andrew Davies brings to life Dickens' powerful story of love, honour, debt and hope in 1820s London. The kind-hearted Amy, the Little Dorrit of the title, looks after her proud father, William, who is a long-term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. But their fate is transformed by the unexpected arrival from overseas of the benevolent Arthur Clennam, who is determined to solve the mystery of his father's dying words, "Naprav to, Arthure."

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Episode 14

#1 - Episode 14

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 11, 2008

Mr Merdle's death and the collapse of Merdle's Bank sends shockwaves through London as thousands face financial ruin. Arthur returns to the Marshalsea a prisoner, Amy goes back to her birthplace to look after him as he lies gravely ill, and Rigaud returns to play out his blackmail in the Clennam house.

star 8.38
100 votes
Episode 6

#2 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 13, 2008

Pancks recruits John Chivery to help him solve the mystery that connects the Dorrit family with the House of Clennam, while Arthur proposes to Pet Meagles. Elsewhere, Tattycoram runs away from Twickenham, and Amy resigns herself to a life without the man she loves.

star 8.19
109 votes
Episode 2

#3 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 30, 2008

Arthur befriends Amy Dorrit and involves himself in her family's affairs. If, as he suspects, his family have something to do with their ruin, the least he can do is pay off her brother's debt and give him the chance to start again. Arthur himself is planning to start again with a new job, and perhaps a renewed love for childhood sweetheart Flora Casby.

star 8.02
119 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Andrew Davies
Episode 8

#4 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2008

Mr Dorrit is released from the Marshalsea after more than twenty years, and takes his family abroad to reinvent themselves as members of society. Miss Wade commissions Rigaud to spy on Pet and Henry Gowan, and he takes the chance to follow the Dorrits abroad and find out what connects them to the House of Clennam.

star 7.93
106 votes
Episode 9

#5 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 2008

The Dorrits arrive in Venice, and Fanny renews an old acquaintance with Edmund Sparkler and his redoubtable mother Mrs Merdle. Meanwhile, Amy makes a friend in Pet Gowan, united through their mutual affection for Arthur, and Rigaud scents a deeper connection between the Dorrits and the House of Clennam.

star 7.93
105 votes
Episode 10

#6 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2008

Fanny has stolen the heart of Edmund Sparkler, whose mother, Mrs Merdle, is determined to separate them once and for all. Meanwhile, Merdle's Bank is besieged by investors, and Arthur is worried when he sees a suspicious French stranger - the villainous Rigaud - at his mother's house.

star 7.92
103 votes
Episode 11

#7 - Episode 11

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 2008

Romance is in the air as Mrs General starts her campaign to woo Mr Dorrit, and Fanny turns the full beam of her attention on Sparkler. Meanwhile, an unwelcome reminder of the old days comes to haunt Mr Dorrit in Venice.

star 7.91
105 votes
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 5, 2008

Flintwinch taunts Arthur's mother about the mystery at the heart of the House of Clennam, while Amy discovers that 'a gentleman' has paid off her brother's debts, and Arthur is invited to Twickenham to renew his acquaintance with the lovely Pet Meagles.

star 7.91
113 votes
Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 6, 2008

Amy receives a proposal of marriage which throws her into confusion, Arthur is taken on as a partner in Daniel Doyce's engineering works, and the French villain Rigaud arrives in London.

star 7.88
109 votes
Episode 13

#10 - Episode 13

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 10, 2008

Mr Dorrit returns to Venice, a broken man, after a visit to London revives unwelcome memories. Arthur warns his mother that she may be in danger from Rigaud. And Amy and Arthur meet again.

star 7.85
106 votes
Episode 7

#11 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2008

Rigaud introduces himself to the House of Clennam, while Arthur is best man at Pet's marriage to Henry Gowan. Pancks concludes his investigation into the Dorrit family's long incarceration in the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, and Arthur and Amy break momentous news to Mr Dorrit.

star 7.83
103 votes
Episode 5

#12 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 12, 2008

Amy accompanies her sister Fanny to meet Mrs Merdle, queen bee of London society. Meanwhile, Rigaud comes into possession of the Clennam papers, and Chivery the turnkey asks Arthur to put in a word for young John with Amy.

star 7.52
107 votes
Episode 1

#13 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother's house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. The cold and forbidding Mrs Clennam isn't usually given to charity, so why has she made an exception in taking on Amy? Is she making reparations for a past wrongdoing? Does it have anything to do with Arthur's father's dying words and the pocket watch with its mysterious inscription, 'do not forget'?

star 7.52
166 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Andrew Davies
Episode 12

#14 - Episode 12

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 4, 2008

Mr Dorrit leaves Amy behind in Venice as he returns to London with newlyweds Fanny and Sparkler, but the high life is not all he had hoped it would be. Meanwhile, Arthur invests Doyce and Clennam's capital in Merdle's Bank, and Flora investigates the disappearance of Rigaud.

star 7.51
106 votes