Dickens of London
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This series is not a straight biography of Dickens. We meet the mature Dickens on one of his profitable and sensational American tours. His experiences in American cause him to think back on his life and we experience portions of his biography in these flashbacks. The script is quite faithful to the events depicted in these looks backward into the author's life. Obviously, the writers had to make choices between debatable events and they filled in some gaps with fictions that captured the time and some possibilities in Dickens' life that also show up in his writing. The mature Dickens that is on the American tour is made up as a narrative device and captures the flavor of what Dickens experienced as a celebrity in mid-19th Century America, but the people and events are fictions to setup the flashbacks and expose the character and talents of Dickens in his maturity.
The way this story is presented shows us his complicated domestic life without ever getting explicit. The period of his life when he separated from Catherine is completely left out.Read more ›
It begins pretty much on the right track, showing Charles Dickens as a young boy with his father and their "adventures" together. Much of the concentration tends to be on his father as much as on Charles, almost in a comedic way, showing the influence he had on his son.
It is pretty much right on, giving us a glimpse of the early life of this Victorian author, including his unfortunate occupation in a blacking factory. No child labor laws here!
Next we see Charles as a young man, beginning his career as a writer. It shows us how he met his future wife, Catherine Hogarth, his obsessive love toward his sister-in-law, who, sadly, dies before the age of twenty, the strange relationship he and Kate had, and, if true, his own - dare I say it - anal personality. Yes, he did not come off as the nicest of people. Throughout these middle episodes we see Mr. Dickens' behavior continue to become rather eccentric, and not necessarily in a good way. He grows to be, at least in my eyes, an unlikable person, one who can snap at any moment; one who does not treat his wife nor his friends in an agreeable manner. (Although Kate comes off as a bit of a winer. Then again, he did marry her and not her sister, right?). This also shows the famous author as a womanizer, an unfortunate truth. And, according to this, much of his flirting was thrown directly into Kate's face. If this is true, she deserved to be a winer. I am assuming here that this is correct, seeing that the Charles Dickens Museum folk gave their support for this project.Read more ›
the cast includes
Roy Dotrice ... Charles Dickens/John Dickens
Simon Bell ... Charles Dickens (Boy)
Gene Foad ... Charles Dickens (Young Man)
Diana Coupland ... Mrs. Catherine Dickens
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. John Elliotson
Patsy Kensit ... Catherine Hogarth/Dickens
Lois Baxter ... Mary Hogarth
Hetty Baynes ... Fanny Dickens as a woman
John Breslin ... Lawyer
Adrienne Burgess ... Catherine Hogarth/Dickens
Karen Dotrice ... Maria Beadnell
Richard Leech ... Mr. Hogarth
Samuel Matthews ... Edgar Allen Poe
Christine McKenna ... Georgiana Hogarth
Pheona McLellan ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting portrayal. There's always something you don't like--the scary stories told him as a child resulting in bad dreams and the tarring was brutal. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathleen S Eberhart
Just a tab bit slow while viewing...could't hang in there.....so not really a good videoj showingPublished 15 months ago by THE SHOE FITS
I liked the first two parts but bogged down later.The actors,especially the father, was way over the top and very annoying. Maybe.
, I'll go back to it this winter.
I have no idea how good this is because it was given as a gift. However, I would assume that anything produced by BBC is an excellent production.Published on December 29, 2012 by Cleveland Woman
Someone recommended the episode on Dickens' meeting with Edgar Allan Poe so I checked that disc out from my library. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Jim C.