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All 20 episodes of the BBC drama set in the combined fictional worlds of Charles Dickens' novels. Taking place in Victorian London, the series follows some of Dickens' iconic characters including Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea), who is investigating the murder of Jacob Marley (Peter Firth) and suspects Sikes (Mark Stanley) and Fagin (Anton Lesser). Meanwhile, Amelia Havisham (Tuppence Middleton) inherits her father's estate and searches for love and the Artful Dodger (Wilson Radjou-Pujalte) continues his thieving ways.
- Bildformat : 1.78:1
- Produkten har slutat tillverkas : Nej
- Paketets dimensioner : 19 x 13.8 x 1.9 cm; 160 Gram
- Medieformat : DVD, PAL
- Körtid : 10 timmar
- Skådespelare : Peter Firth, Joseph Quinn, Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Moen, Tom Weston-Jones
- Språk : Engelska (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : 2 Entertain
- ASIN : B019N4K1UM
- Ursprungsland : Storbritannien
- Antal skivor : 4
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Creator Tony Jordan had the idea of bringing together characters from Dickens' novels. Purists cringed at the very concept - original locations ignored, liberties taken with people and chronology.
For most, the result is a joy. Great scripts. Fine actors delivering their all. Genuine suspense. Lots of laughs. So much to admire: the poverty-stricken Cratchits so movingly depicted; the bumbling Bumbles ever thwarted in their bid to rise; the relationship between Nancy and Bill; much villainy, especially as charismatic Meriwether Compeyson skilfully manipulates; Mrs. Gamp never far from a rapidly emptying glass of gin. (Her gloomy companion Fanny Biggetywitch seems one of the most Dickensian characters of all, but is in fact a Tony Jordan invention - hilariously so.)
Other pleasures are too numerous to mention - all on a vast set built for the purpose.
Twenty episodes. Modest extras include details of how the set was created, key cast speaking about their roles. (Apparently Inspector Bucket was literature's first ever detective, a fact that may surprise.)
When so much is so good, why no second season - despite the cliffhangers? An answer lies in the way it was shown. Because Dickens' novels appeared in serial form, it was felt the television series should too. Big mistake? The half hour episodes simply were not long enough, viewers furthermore frustrated trying to work out when the scattered next ones would be, they so often clashing with other tempting offerings throughout the Christmas season.
Better by far is watching the box set - far easier to keep track, impact immeasurably increased with episodes viewed in quick succession.
Viewers will have their favourite characters and moments. There are many to choose from, "Dickensian" crammed with treats.