David Copperfield

Synopsis: David Copperfield lives a nearly idyllic existence with his beautiful mother Clara and their housekeeper Peggotty. His life changes forever when his mother re-marries. Mr. Murdstone is a no-nonsense businessman and a strict disciplinarian who believes in corporal punishment. David is soon sent to a strict boarding school but when his mother dies, his stepfather sends him to London to work in a foul smelling factory. He forms a close friendship with Mr. Micawber and moves in with the man and his loving family but as the Micawbers are forced by circumstance to relocate, he seeks out his aunt Betsey Trotwood. She sends him to fine school and he lodges with Mr. Wickfield and his daughter Agnes. As he grows older David is apprenticed to a law firm where he soon meets the senior partner's daughter, Dora. Life's challenges continue to confront him but with the help of friends and family, he overcomes adversity including his aunt's loss of her savings, the death of his wife and the satisfactio
Genre: Drama
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
185 min

Whether I shall turn out

to be the hero of my own life,

or whether that station

will be held by anybody else,

this story must show.


To begin my life at the very beginning,

I was a posthumous child.

My father left this world

three months before I entered it.

I was born in the small village

of Blunderstone

on Friday at 12 o'clock at night,

though not before my mother received

a somewhat less expected visitor.



Can I help you, ma'am?

- Mrs David Copperfield, I think.

- Who wants her, I'd like to know?

- Miss Betsey Trotwood, you've heard of her I dearsay.

- My poor husband's aunt.

Now you see her.

You're nothing but a baby yourself.

- My nephew spoiled you, I suppose.

- Mr Copperfield was very good...

Oh, no, don't do that,

don't do that! Come, come!

I opposed to my nephew's marriage. I told him

you were too young. He ignored me.

Fancied himself in love, I suppose.

- My husband is dead. If you dare...

- You may leave us.

Now, when do you expect?

Soon. I feel so frightened.

I'm sure I shall die.

Die? Certainly not!

Have some tea.

Where's that girl of yours?

- What does she call herself?

- Peggotty.

Peggotty? Do you mean a human being

has gone into a Christian church

and had herself named Peggotty?

It's her surname -

her Christian name is Clara,

the same as mine.

Your mistress needs some tea.

- She's feeling a little unwell.

- She's having the baby!

Shall I send for the doctor, ma'am?

Now, from the moment of the birth

of your girl...

- Perhaps boy.

- It'll be a girl! Don't contradict.

I shall be her godmother. You shall

call her Betsey Trotwood Copperfield.

And this Betsy Trotwood

must make no mistakes in life.

No worthless man

will trifle with HER affections!

Oh, stop that, now.

You'll make yourself ill.

That will do neither you nor my

goddaughter any good at all.





- We are progressing, ma'am. Slowly.

- Bah!


My congratulations. All is now over

and the baby is safely delivered.

- Good. How is she?

- Mrs Copperfield is comfortable.

- Yes, but how is SHE?

- Who?

The baby, for heaven's sake!

Oh, she is a he, Miss Trotwood.

- What?

- The baby is a boy.

A boy?

A boy!

A boy! Ahhh!

A boy!

My great aunt's experience of men

had not been a happy one.

The arrival of one more

was the final straw.

She vanished like a discontented

fairy, seemingly never to return.

My early childhood

was blissfully happy.

The days and years slipped by

in a warm glow of contentment.

I grew up secure in the certainty

that my beautiful mother loved only me,

while Peggotty's loyalty and devotion

were as constant as the tides.

"My next work was to view

the country and seek a proper place

"for my habit... habita..."

- Habitation, Davy.

- Habitation.

"Where I was I yet knew not..."

- Davy should be in bed now, ma'am.

- Oh, please, just a little longer!

Oh, go on! Only five minutes, mind!

Put a bulb in there.

That's it. No, not upside down!

That way!

But a chill wind was rising.

The golden summer of my innocence

was about to be blown away.

Davy, say good morning

to Mr Murdstone.

- Davy!

- He doesn't wish to share you.

I understand his devotion.

Come, let us shake hands and be

the best friends in the world.

I like his spirit.

Until tomorrow, Mrs Copperfield.

Davy, I'm disappointed in you.

Where are your manners?

A stranger makes an agreeable

change, I suppose, ma'am.

A very agreeable change indeed.

(PEGGOTTY) I was only thinking of Davy.

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Adrian Hodges

Adrian Hodges (born 4 February 1957) is an English television and film writer. He has won a BAFTA Award. more…

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