A docudrama biopic of the 19th-century author Charles Dickens
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 Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Catherine Dickens (3 episodes, 2002)
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 John Forster / ... (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Thackeray (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Kate Dickens (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Charles Dickens (3 episodes, 2002)
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 Charley Dickens (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Ellen Ternan (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Frances Ternan (2 episodes, 2002)
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 John Byrne (2 episodes, 2002)
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A 3-part biography of the great British author, filmed in an unorthodox manner: Actors playing various individuals in Dickens' life (as well as Dickens himself) are interviewed as if they are appearing in a contemporary documentary. Their words are taken from actual letters and journals of the individuals involved, and serve to illuminate the hardships and successes in Dickens' life, and the way his experiences found their way into his novels. Written by scgary66

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Excellent docu/drama chronicles the life and times of England's greatest novelist
18 June 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This excellent 3 part series chronicles the life and work of Charles Dickens and mixes documentary with interviews featuring actors paying Dickens and his family/friends (I am not usually a fan of the docu/drama format but this is an exception). This whole project is a labour of love of the writer Peter Ackroyd and it based on his Dickens biography published in 1991. Ackroyd himself presents the documentary parts talking with great authority about his subject while the mock interviews are a delight. Anton Lesser is brilliant as Dickens (the staging of Dickens reading excerpts from his books are a highlight) and is matched by Miriam Margoyles as Dickens' wife. But best of all was Geoffrey Palmer, who is faultless as Thackeray. Not knowing a great deal about Dickens' life before I watched this, I now feel I know quite a bit and am looking forward to reading Ackroyd's book.


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