A docudrama biopic of the 19th-century author Charles Dickens




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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Ackroyd Peter Ackroyd ...  Himself - Presenter 3 episodes, 2002
Miriam Margolyes ...  Catherine Dickens 3 episodes, 2002
Kenneth Cranham ...  John Forster / ... 3 episodes, 2002
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Thackeray 3 episodes, 2002
Helen McCrory ...  Kate Dickens 3 episodes, 2002
Anton Lesser ...  Charles Dickens 3 episodes, 2002
Jack Davenport ...  Charley Dickens 2 episodes, 2002
Natasha Little ...  Ellen Ternan 2 episodes, 2002
Avril Ellis Avril Ellis ...  Frances Ternan 2 episodes, 2002
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ...  John Byrne 2 episodes, 2002


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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17 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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Superb Recreation with Britain's Top Actors
18 May 2006 | by lindenhillsSee all my reviews

This evocation and recreation of both the power of Dickens' wordcraft, and the social environment in which he would have both written and presented his own work, is flawlessly recreated for us. Anton Lessor is almost eerily channeling Dickens and, as a Royal Academy veteran, assumes the great range of voice and physical attributes of each character he speaks for as he tells his own stories to his small audience of family and friends, before his own fireplace as would have been done in his lifetime. The series is superb, and there is a first-rate "Making of..." bonus DVD which takes the viewer behind the stagesetting to show us how the series was developed. Absolutely powerful, highly recommended, and moving enough to bring me back to a re-reading of several of Dicken's stronger works--David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, and my beloved Christmas Carol--to read with new insight and appreciation.

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