'Great Expectations' sneak peek: Does Gillian Anderson make a good Miss Havisham?

This weekend, Gillian Anderson will try her hand at playing Miss Havisham, one of English literature’s greatest nutcases, in Masterpiece Classic’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. How does her portrayal differ from those before? Anderson’s Havisham is crazy and a fox. She’s also, very, very good. Part 1 (which airs tomorrow night, check local listings for the time) is so decidedly creepy with Havisham, all the fog and mud, and with Ray Winstone as Magwitch pulling a startled young Pip into the swamp. If there was ever someone you didn’t want to suddenly grab you, number 1 is Magwitch and number 2 is Ray Winstone.

Check it out yourself below with a sample scene (which shows Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham) and a trailer for the DVD, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday.

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