Tuesday, 10 January 2012

What the Dickens - too much costume?

Less than a couple of weeks into 2012 and I'm worried that I'm getting a bit weary of Dickens. I love Dickens, have read and re-read his novels. I look forward to adaptations and certainly feel that the anniversary of his death deserves recognition.
But the BBC seems to be in Dickens overdrive. Over Christmas 'Great Expectations' was, as expected, great. Well, actually only OK - it didn't feel at all authentic to me.
Not so sure about Radio 4's 'The Mumbai Chuzzlewits', which seemed a bit clunky. And now there's a new take on 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', the unfinished novel he was working on when he died.
It'll be interesting to see how the Beeb have decided the story should end and to see Michael Sheen, who's never a disappointment. But for all that I'm not looking forward to it as much as I would usually be.


  1. Normally BBC productions are good but was very disappointed with "Great Expectations."


  2. Hi Ronnie,
    I wasn't good. They seemed to have stripped all of Dickens' languaged out of the script and it made it ver workaday to me.