TV - A New Adaptation of Dickens Novels


Never mind planning for this Christmas or even the next one... from the author of Peaky Blinders and Taboo, comes a new vision of Charles Dickens' work in a series of adaptations of the classic novels for BBC One starting in December 2019...

Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and produced by Scott Free London (yes, Ridley Scott's company) in association with Hardy Son and Baker (yes, Tom Hardy's company), Steven Knight will use his trademark style to create a boxset of Dickens’ most iconic novels in the next few years.

Steven Knight said “Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens. To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content added “It’s incredibly exciting to have a genius like Steven Knight embark on a series of Dickens adaptations. What can I say? Be prepared to be blown away by his wholly original and visionary take on some of Britain's best loved classics.”

A Christmas Carol will be the first adaptation in this planned series. As Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly cold-hearted boss, is visited by four ghosts from the past, present and the future, on a freezing Christmas Eve, he must face up to how his self-interested, penny pinching behaviour has impacted his own life and those around him, leaving him in a paranoid bubble of fear. Is it too late for him to save the spirit of Christmas, and himself?

Executive Producer Ridley Scott says: “It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics.” Tom Hardy, another of the Exec Producers, reciprocated the excitement, adding that A Christmas Carol is "a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team - from character all the way through to design. Here’s to having a lot of intricate and wonderful fun."
A Christmas Carol is a 3 episode drama for Christmas 2019. It will be produced by Scott Free London in association with Hardy Son and Baker for BBC One. It will be executive produced by Steven Knight, Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy, Kate Crowe and Dean Baker, alongside Piers Wenger for the BBC.

Further details will be announced in due course.

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