As Spike is described in the books, Bean is too old. Plus, he couldn't do the dreadlock thing or the lots of jewelry thing. But once his voice gets in your head, you can't hear anyone but him saying Spike's lines. Of course, none of this is at all feasible; you'd bankrupt the whole miniseries budget just casting the first episode. And yes the whole 'no Americans' thing was very definitely intentional. Yeah, you probably need to check out the Jeeves and Wooster bit too for Laurie, though I must admit that his performance on House is one great thing about a terrible show. Just picked up Lost in a Good Book, so I'm going to start casting that one today . . . stay tuned. And yes, Miss Havisham is definitely coming! Probably the easiest casting of all; just instantly leapt into my head. Also, finally started Something Rotten yesterday . . . going to have fun with that one too.