What is Great Expectations (TV) About?
Great Expectations, a historical drama series adapted from the classic novel by Charles Dickens, centers on the tumultuous journey of a poor orphan named Pip, portrayed by Fionn Whitehead, with Tom Sweet depicting his younger self. His encounter with the wealthy, eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella sets him on a path fraught with moral and social dilemmas. As Pip receives financial patronage from a mysterious benefactor, his life transforms, leading him to London's high society. This series explores the rigid class structures of the time and questions the true value of wealth and status. Characters such as the escaped convict Magwitch, played by Johnny Harris, and Pip’s kind blacksmith brother-in-law Joe, portrayed by Owen McDonnell, enrich the narrative with their profound influences on Pip's life. The show unfolds the stark contrasts between rural poverty and urban opulence, while examining the depth of human character and the consequences of pursuing one's aspirations at any cost.
The first episode of Great Expectations aired on March 26, 2023 and the most recent episode to air was on April 23, 2023.