Charles Dickens's England - extended version [DVD] 
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In CHARLES DICKENS'S ENGLAND, Derek Jacobi takes the viewer around the most important places, towns and cities that were the inspiration to some of the most famous settings in literature. The DVD features Cooling Church in Kent, used by the author in the opening chapter of Great Expectations; Miss Havisham's house in Rochester; the almost forgotten London Roman Baths used by David Copperfield; Joe Gargey's cottage in Chalk, the notorious Bowes Academy, the harshest of the Yorkshire schools and now known to the world as Dotheboys Hall. From Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight and then on to numerous London locations; from Chatham to Broadstairs; from Folkestone to Barnard Castle and then to St George's Hall in Liverpool.
Well over 100 locations are featured. Many of these, such as 58 Lincoln's Inn Fields where Dickens first read in public, the All The Year Round offices in Covent Garden where he lived and worked and Gad's Hill in Kent, the last in a very long list of his homes, are not open to the public and their interiors have rarely been filmed.
THE DVD HAS 30 MINUTES NOT IN THE SKY ARTS VERSION PLUS TWO HOURS WORTH OF EXTRAS.
The Making Of Documentary
- Portsmouth Section
- London Montage
- Intro to Nicholas Nickleby
- Rotting Hulks
- Derek Jacobi Interview
- Dr Florian Schweitzer Interview
- Dr Tony Williams Interview
- Thelma Grove Interview
- Adrian Wootton on Dickens on film
Extended Interview Sections (from film):
- Thelma Grove at the Leather Bottle
- Dr Tony Williams at the George & Vulture
- Dr Tony Williams at the Charles Dickens Museum
- Lee Ault at the Albion Hotel, Broadstairs
- Thelma Grove at Restoration House
- Roy Hattersley at The Houses of Parliament
Derek Jacobi extra readings:
- Sketches by Boz
- A Tale of Two Cities
- The Uncommercial Traveller
- A Dinner At Poplar Walk
- Seven Dials
- Bleak House
- Oliver Twist
- Nicholas Nickleby
Running Time: Disc 1 film 120 mins. Disc 2 Extras 170 mins.
This DVD is also available on the North America / Japanese format NTSC.
Writers: Charles Dickens, David Nicholas Wilkinson, Emlyn Price
Producer: David Nicholas Wilkinson
Thank goodness for Charles Dickens's England. This combination of documentary of literary travelogue has no pretensions at all, merely a mad, endearing, Dickensian innocence. --Financial Times<br \><br \>Engaging documentary.cracking pace.Derek Jacobi does an expert job in relating how Dickens stories exposed the iniquities and injustices of Victorian England. --David Parkinson Radio Times<br \><br \>Decidedly charming documentary..Derek Jacobi makes and eager and estimable companion. --Empire Magazine<br \><br \>Engaging documentary.cracking pace.Derek Jacobi does an expert job in relating how Dickens stories exposed the iniquities and injustices of Victorian England. --David Parkinson Radio Times<br \><br \>Decidedly charming documentary..Derek Jacobi makes and eager and estimable companion. --Empire Magazine
Engaging documentary.cracking pace.Derek Jacobi does an expert job in relating how Dickens stories exposed the iniquities and injustices of Victorian England. --David Parkinson Radio Times
Decidedly charming documentary..Derek Jacobi makes and eager and estimable companion. --Empire Magazine
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My brother also wanted to do some research as he was doing some writing about some of the places that were mentioned in this documentary, so he found it really interesting and helpful.
That said, this DVD finds its way into my DVD player more often than I expected, and I do enjoy seeing those little glimpses of the past that still remain. A pleasure, and a fine companion when you need it.
My wife, who is (mainly) a Jacobi fan but also like Dickens, loved it.
I, who am (mainly) a Dickens fan, also enjoyed it.
The only complaint was that is seemed to be over all too quickly and that more time could have been spent at some of the locations.
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