Great Authors - Charles Dickens : A Christmas Carol / David Copperfield / Uncovering The Real Dickens (3 Disc Boxset) [DVD] 
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This comprehensive 3 DVD box set explores the life, times and work of Charles Dickens, the great Victorian author. Dickens is undoubtedly one of the great literary geniuses of all time. Yet, there is much about Dickens’ incredible life that remains unknown. His is a fascinating story; from rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labour and fame and fortune, overshadowed by guilt and secrecy. This DVD set demonstrates how much Dickens drew upon his own experiences in his fiction. The cast includes Anton Lesser, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Michael Elphick, Trevor Eve, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Zoë Wanamaker and Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings).
Uncovering the real Dickens, the great authors fascinating biography presented by Peter Ackroyd.
His life's story resembles the plot of one of Dickens’ own novels. An innovative mix of
documentary and dramatic reconstruction vividly recreates the author's extraordinary life. The
cast includes Anton Lesser, Prunella Scales and Timothy West. This lavish literary production
sets out to blur the lines between Dickens’ fiction and his own life. (176 mins, stereo)
The classic 1999 BBC version of David Copperfield, starring Bob Hoskins, Daniel Radcliffe,
Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen, Zoe Wanamaker and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Three hours of very
autobiographical classic drama heaven. (186 mins, stereo)
A Christmas Carol
At Dickens’ house a group of his friends and relatives attend the telling of
the classic Christmas story by the novelist himself. Anton Lesser, as Dickens, brings this classic
ghost story to life in a masterly and haunting way. (97 mins, stereo)
In Songs from Grope Lane the 12-year old Dickens escapes the miserable daily life and the blacking
factory in a brief spell of raucous tavern entertainment. Lucy Skeaping's ensemble performs
deliciously seedy pub-songs from London in the mid 19th century. (25 mins, stereo and surround)
The making of “Uncovering the Real Dickens”- a surprising look behind the scenes of this
evocative production. (27 mins, stereo)
"Anton Lesser made an emotionally charged, almost tremulous, Dickens, especially recreating the writer's inspirational public readings." (The Times)
"Anton Lesser is the greatest Dickens interpreter around, unafraid to show the darkness in a writer too often seen as relentlessly jolly
" (The Independent)
CastAnton LesserTimothy WestPrunella ScalesDaniel RadcliffeIan McKellen
Catalogue Number: OA0876DRunning Time: 510 minutesSound: Dolby Surround; Dolby StereoAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: FR, DE, ES, NLLabel: Opus Arte
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I promise you will not be disappointed. Anton Lesser is just great
as Dickens doing his acting on stage, this is complete with the victorian
dressed audience,not to mention the Dickens family group and friends, in
the victorian sitting room while Anton Lesser again as dickens recites
the whole of "A Christmas Carol"
The biography of Dickens is such an eye opener and is done in a way
which holds one's interest from beginning to end. This film of David Copperfield
is also excellent. A boxed set to keep and watch over again.
Added DVDs are also a joy to watch.
We also have David Copperfield, Dickens most autobiographical book, dramatised by the BBC and starring young Daniel "harry potter" radcliffe. Finally but in my opinion the GEM of the collection is A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Now this isnt another dramatisation of the tale, instead its a unique and amazing chance to see Anton Lesser again as Dickens, doing a reading of the entire book, the same way Dickens used to on tour. The period detail is sublime, the whole audience in period dress, it really gives you a feel of what it must have been like to attend one of his readings.
A great set!
What can be said about Ackroyd's sleuthing discursive investigating of the author's success and fame with his secret private life and works, except it is brilliant and gripping in every respect! Moreover, the BBC have brought the highest production values to Ackroyd's study with an exceptional soundtrack, dramatised scenes, atmospheric camera work and lighting, and tremendous support from an ensemble of fine actors giving telling vignettes of key figures in Dickens' life, with Geoffrey Palmer as the snobbish ("cockney fiction") Thackerary and Kenneth Cranham as a rather more sympathetic friend and first biographer. Here too, the inimitable Timothy West and Prunella Scales as the Dickens pater and mater.
What a life! I fell out of love with this iconic novelist for many years - this documentary helped me to love Dickens again, hopefully with more insight and understanding.