Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens and didn't like it much? I requested the DVD from the library anyway to see how they compared. This was the 2008 BBC TV serial based on the novel. While I didn't care much for the book, I highly recommend the DVD.
Amy Dorrit is played by Claire Foy and Arthur Clenman by Matthew Macfadyen (Hello Mr Darcy!). All the actors did a spectacular job. The added an emotional dimension I thought was missing from the book. I actually cared what happened to them.
The best characters of course were the villians. Rigaud (Andy Serkis) was over the top crazy. Mrs Merdle (Amanda Redman) was my favorite though. She was icy cold and mean and any scene with her and Fanny Dorrit was entertaining.
What really made this adaptation an improvement was the rearrangement of the chronology of the story by Andrew Davies. It made much more sense. I wasn't confused by what was happening. It's also gorgeous to look at. The costumes and scenery is just beautiful. Although Fanny's over the top outfits are laughable!
For once I'm saying to skip the book and go right to the film.