What the Dickens? Charles Dickens DVD releases

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charles-dickens-classics-blog-graphicSix classic BBC TV adaptations, made in the 1950s and 1960s, of Charles Dickens’ masterworks – available on DVD for the first time ever this July and August.

Great Expectations- Released 3rd July


Written by acclaimed playwright Hugh Leonard, this piercing 1967 BBC production of Dickens’ tangled tale, of a poor orphan elevated into wealth, then humbled by pride and love, stars John Tate, Gary Bond and Francesca Annis. 

Our Mutual Friend - Released  3rd July

Originally broadcast in 30-minute episodes in 1958, this landmark BBC adaptation of Dickens’ satirical novel of love, loss and naked greed is now on DVD for the first time. Julian Somers and David McCallum star.

Dombey and Son - Released 3rd July

Hugh Leonard’s 1969 BBC adaptation, is a timeless story of a wealthy city merchant whose pride loses him  his family and his fortune. But through the enduring love of his daughter he eventually finds happiness. Starring John Carson, Clive Swift, Kara Wilson, Sally Home and Pat Coombs.

Oliver Twist - Released 21st August

Groundbreaking 1962 BBC adaptation of one of Dickens’ best-loved novels. Max Adrian stars as villainous Fagin, Peter Vaughan an indelibly brutal Bill Sikes and and Carmel McSharry the powerless Nancy. This landmark production, released for the first time on DVD, was a gritty game-changer that raised the bar of TV drama

Barnaby Rudge - Released 21st August

A rare BBC adaptation of Dickens’ tantalizing gothic drama of fathers and sons, public violence and private terror.  Michael Voysey’s 1960 production remains the only TV serialisation.  Nigel Arkwright stars.

Bleak House - Released 21st August

Dickens’ elegant satire about a disputed inheritance and the self-serving workings of the legal system gripped audiences in this classic 1959 TV series. Andrew Cruickshank stars as John Jarndyce and Diana Fairfax as his ward Esther Summerson in this complex drama.

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