Eight BBC television adaptations of the classic novels of Charles Dickens. In 'Martin Chuzzlewit' (1994), old Mr Chuzzlewit (Paul Scofield) is on his death bed, and surrounded by his money-hungry family jostling for a position in his will. In 'Oliver Twist' (1985), Ben Rodska plays the orphan who falls in with the pickpocket Fagin (Eric Porter) and his band of thieving boys, as well as crossing paths with the villainous Bill Sykes (Michael Attwell). In 'A Christmas Carol' (1977), miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Hordern) says humbug to Christmas, before three ghosts show him his past, present and possible future, if he doesn't mend his evil ways. In 'A Tale of Two Cities' (1980), Paul Shelley plays Sydney Carton, in love with the beautiful but unheeding Lucie (Sally Osborne), who loves Charles Darnay (also Shelley). When Charles is caught up in the terrors of the French Revolution, Carton risks everything to rescue the husband of the woman he loves. In 'Great Expectations' (1999), Ioan Gruffudd plays orphan Pip, helped to become a gentleman in society by a mysterious benefactor. Thinking that he is being groomed by the reclusive and bitter Miss Havisham (Charlotte Rampling), Pip is shocked to find that his benefactor is the vicious convict Magwitch (Bernard Hill), who Pip helped escape from the Essex marshes when he was a boy. In 'David Copperfield' (1999), the titular hero (played as a young boy by Daniel Radcliffe) progresses through an uncertain life, helped along the way by debtor Mr Micawber (Bob Hoskins) and his aunt Betsy (Maggie Smith). By the time David grows up (played by Ciaran McMenamin), he decides to make a better life for himself. In 'The Pickwick Papers' (1985), Nigel Stock stars as the founder of the Pickwick Club, undergoing many eccentric and chaotic adventures. Finally, in 'Our Mutual Friend' (1998), an adaptation of Dickens' darkest book, a mysterious death by the banks of the Thames links the lives of two young women, Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes) and Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel).
Charles Dickens Collection
The perfect way to celebrate the author's 200th birthday, submerge yourself in classic BBC Dickens dramatisations that, like the great novelist's work, have stood the test of time.
The majesty of Charles Dickens' storytelling is captured in this DVD boxset that brings together BBC dramatisations of eight of the acclaimed author's classic novels. From the touching 1985 dramatisation of the semi-autobiographical Oliver Twist to the moving A Christmas Carol that sidesteps mawkish sentimentality and instead, offers viewers an affecting and sincere drama, each TV adaptation will delight fans of the author - and win over a generation of new ones.
Starring a wealth of celebrated actors including Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, John Mills and many more, the Charles Dickens Collection celebrates the author's work with authentic and beautifully-played mini TV-series from a broadcaster that is world-renowned for its adaptations.
Did You Know?
• The dramatisations were produced between 1977 and 1999
• The 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield stars Daniel 'Harry Potter' Radcliffe as the young Copperfield
• The adaptations have been showered with awards; A Tale of Two Cities won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series; Our Mutual Friend scooped a host of awards and nominations at the BAFTA TV Awards in 1999 including Best Design and Best Drama Serial; and David Copperfield saw Maggie Smith awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
What's In The Box?
• 32 hours of classic drama spread across 12 DVDs
• In chronological order, the adaptations featured in this set are:
A Christmas Carol (1977)
A Tale of Two Cities (1980)
The Pickwick Papers (1985)
Oliver Twist (1985)
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Our Mutual Friend (1998)
David Copperfield (1999)
Great Expectations (1999)