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Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.
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Series cast summary:
Tuppence Middleton ...  Amelia Havisham 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Sophie Rundle ...  Honoria Barbary 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Alexandra Moen Alexandra Moen ...  Frances Barbary 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Joseph Quinn ...  Arthur Havisham 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Tom Weston-Jones ...  Meriwether Compeyson 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Stephen Rea ...  Inspector Bucket 16 episodes, 2015-2016
Robert Wilfort ...  Bob Cratchit 16 episodes, 2015-2016
Pauline Collins ...  Mrs. Gamp 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Jennifer Hennessy ...  Emily Cratchit 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Caroline Quentin ...  Mrs. Bumble 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Richard Ridings ...  Mr. Bumble 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Anton Lesser ...  Fagin 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Christopher Fairbank ...  Silas Wegg 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Laurel Jordan Laurel Jordan ...  Daisy 15 episodes, 2015-2016
Adrian Rawlins ...  Edward Barbary 14 episodes, 2015-2016
Mark Stanley ...  Bill Sikes 14 episodes, 2015-2016
Ned Dennehy ...  Ebeneezer Scrooge 13 episodes, 2015-2016
John Heffernan ...  Jaggers 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Ben Starr ...  Captain James Hawdon 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Brenock O'Connor ...  Peter Cratchit 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Bethany Muir ...  Nancy 12 episodes, 2015-2016
Phoebe Dynevor ...  Martha Cratchit 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Zaak Conway ...  Tim Cratchit 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Imogen Faires Imogen Faires ...  Nell 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Omid Djalili ...  Mr. Venus 11 episodes, 2015-2016
Amy Dunn Amy Dunn ...  Mary 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ...  Fanny Biggetywitch 9 episodes, 2015-2016
Richard Cordery ...  Sir Leicester Dedlock 9 episodes, 2015-2016


Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

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26 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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Anton Lesser, Mark Stanley and Brenock O'Connor have all previously starred in Game of Thrones (2011), with Joseph Quinn set to star in season 7. They respectively portrayed Qyburn, Grenn, Ollie and Koner. See more »


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Plot the Dickens!
2 January 2016 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

The idea of bringing together into one narrative different fictional characters has been done recently and brilliantly in the likes of "Penny Dreadful" but this new BBC series takes it up a few notches more, not only in the number of disparate characters but of course that they are all from the world of Charles Dickens.

I must admit I was concerned when I read that the series was devised by the producer of the Beeb's dreadful soap opera "Eastenders" but, five episodes in, these Londoners I can stand. It is slightly confusing to see some resurrected characters walking about like Nancy from "Oliver Twist", Little Nell from "The Old Curiosity Shop" and Miss Haversham from "Great Expectations" and one wonders if they are going to meet the same end as before, also in my reading of the former, I didn't have Nancy pegged as a call-girl as here and attending, shall we say, to Jacob Marley too.

The show is set up along the same lines as the channel's previously successful adaptation of "Bleak House", i.e. in thirty minute programmes, usually with a kind of cliff- hanging climax at the end of each episode, which of course ties in well with the weekly publication method that Dickens himself worked to. The main story of the many plot strands appears to be the death of Jacob Marley from "A Christmas Carol", with Inspector Bucket of "Bleak House" on the trail, but a close second appears to be the anticipated jilting of Miss Haversham too.

As you'd expect, the production values are high, the settings are superb, interiors and exteriors, the latter especially played out in the winter snow. I'd imagine the eyes of the various agencies for actors in the UK all lit up when they got wind of this production, so many of them are employed here, although not too many big names that I can see, perhaps Stephen Rea in another mannered portrayal of Bucket, Caroline Quentin as the domineering Mrs Bumble and Pauline Collins having fun as that old soak Mrs Gamp being the most identifiable. There's also a smattering of new characters too just to help the plots develop and to date these creations are fitting in seamlessly well.

Anyway, I'm thoroughly enjoying it now that I'm familiar with the main characters and can see the plot coming nicely to the boil. I'm just wondering if some of the best known nicer characters like Pip from "Great Expectations", Nicholas Nickleby or David Copperfield might yet show up, but really there's more than enough to be going in with. With another fifteen episodes to go, there's plenty of time for surprises yet.

Some might see this interpretation of Dickens as manipulative or even sacrilegious but with modern writers devising authorised use of characters by say Charlotte Bronte and Ian Fleming to give two very different examples, personally I'm finding it fun and rather enjoying it so far.

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