Born on April 2nd, 1914
From London, England
Part one of an ambitious six-hour adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel starts with the return of Arthur Clennam (Derek Jacobi) to London after for several years in China. A mysterious watch left to him by his dying father estranges him from his cold-hearted mother, but not before Arthur meets her enigmatic young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. Suspecting that his mother is the reason Amy is living in Marshalsea debtors' prison with her father (Alec Guinness), brother and sister, Arthur offers to help.
Part two of a six-hour adaptation of Dickens' novel tells the Dorrit family saga from the viewpoint of youngest daughter Amy (Sarah Pickering), born and raised in Marshalsea prison. Amy becomes the family's mainstay until, through the intervention of kindly Arthur Clennam (Derek Jacobi), the Dorrits learn that William (Alec Guinness) is heir to a great fortune. After William's death Amy learns the truth about her past from Mrs. Clennam, and finds Arthur alone and dangerously ill in Marshalsea.