SpiritualSuccessor slash SoundToScreenAdaptation of the radio series ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', this is a [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickensian]] parody written by Mark Evans with an all-star cast including [[ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb]], StephenFry and Johnny Vegas. It follows the story of [[MeaningfulName Mr. Jedrington Secret-Past]] who tries to win his family and his business, [[TitleDrop The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff]], back from AmoralAttorney Malifax Skulkingworm.
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!!''The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff'' has examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: London's three great alliterative clocks, Big Ben, Massive Morris and Tiny Terry.
* AffablyEvil: Skulkingworm shifts drastically between being a horrible old bastard and being rather pleasant.
* AmoralAttorney: Skulkingworm, the main villain of the pilot. [[spoiler: Curiously, when he's in 'client' mode he's an evil, cackling old scoundrel, but when he's in 'lawyer' mode he's actually quite friendly and pleasant.]]
* AndroclesLion: The orphan Jedrington treats like any other customer at the beginning of the {{Christmas episode}}.
* TheArtfulDodger: Parodied with the Artful Codger ("codger" being slang for an older person) who has had to spend his life with a gang of urchin kids because he failed the exam to graduate to "vagabond" or "ne'er-do-well".
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: The eponymous shop of stuff.
* BigNo: Servegood delivers one at the end of Episode 2.
* BritishBrevity: It aired starting with a one hour ChristmasSpecial before Christmas 2011 with another three half hour episodes.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Hatred of the French and extreme sexism. Both PlayedForLaughs.
* GRatedDrug: Treacle. Exaggerated to the point where it's actually dangerous.
* EvilLaugh: Skulkingworm seems to love them.
* TheFundamentalist: Secret-Past's adoptive aunts.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Harmswell Grimstone considered trying to find a business partner by [[Series/TheApprentice putting a group of candidates through demeaning weekly tasks and firing them one by one]], but rejected the idea as ludicrous.
* MeaningfulName: Almost every single character has one.
-->'''Uncle Writes-Prompt-Thank-You-Cards''': [[LampshadeHanging Dear boy, your name is ... not without meaning.]]
-->'''Jedrington Secret-Past''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint What, Jedrington?]]
* ManBehindTheMan: Subverted. [[spoiler: Skulkingworm's "client" is...Skulkingworm.]]
* MayContainEvil: "[[MagicallyBindingContract Contract]] may contain traces of evil."
* McGuffin: The (final) codical to the will.
* MookFaceTurn: Fearshiver has one, [[spoiler:Skulkingworm killed his parents. "He placed a large amount of legalments and injunctions on them. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Literally - they were crushed to death]]."]]
* NiceHat: A man is nothing without his! Special mention to Skulkingworm, who seems to have some sort of mechanism that can make his top hat extend to several times his own height.
* TheNicknamer: Maggoty the treacle fiend, who calls people by the names of birds.
* OnOneCondition: Jedrington can only ''avoid'' being heir to his grandfather's debt if [[spoiler: his parents]] get married.
* OverlyLongGag: Mrs. Christmasham, describing the circumstances of her wedding.
-->'''Mrs. Christmasham:''' I was due to be married on Christmas Day, and I waited at the altar for my beloved husband-to-be, and I waited and waited, and waited and waited, and I waited and waited, and I waited and waited, and waited and waited, and wait --\\
'''Jedringham:''' Did he basically not turn up?\\
'''Mrs. Christmasham:''' How could you have possibly fathomed that?
* ParodyName: Skulkingworm is a handful of letters away from Tulkinghorn of ''Literature/BleakHouse'', who's also an AmoralAttorney.
* PunchClockVillain: Skulkingworm's first scene has him act the part of an AmoralAttorney, interspersed with him apologising and saying he's just acting on behalf of his client (who's "a meanie"). [[spoiler: His client just so happens to be himself.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: When Grimstone is brought to trial, he arranges matters such that the jury is composed of his cousins, and his uncle is the judge.
* ShoutOut: To Bleak Expectations. Harrumble indeed!
** [[spoiler: PS Little Nell has died]]
** While Jedrington is having a sword firght with Skulkingworm he says [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock "I .. have had ... enough ... of you!"]] before disarming him.
** The business with the statues is a nod to "[[SherlockHolmes The Adventure of the Six Napoleons]]".
* SkipToTheEnd: The wedding of the Christmashams, who must be married before Christmas Day, takes place at midnight on Christmas Eve.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Grimstone, who dresses up as the Rabbits of Easter Past, Present and Future in order to terrify Jedrington.
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