to wish Dickensian was on every night?

(28 Posts)
kitnkaboodle Wed 13-Jan-16 21:47:06

I bloody love it! Haven't been so hooked on a TV programme for years. Everyone in my house has to keep silent when it's on! What a genius idea.

TheSnowFairy Wed 13-Jan-16 21:50:10

We like it too and DS1 (13) and DS2 (11) probably enjoy it more than me. Compeyson is HORRID!

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SmellsLikeMiddleAgeSpirit Wed 13-Jan-16 21:52:19

I haven't seen it, but noticed it on Iplayer the other day and wondered whether or not to watch.
Have decided now that I will!

BrennieGirl Wed 13-Jan-16 22:01:03

I love it too! I love all things Dickens.

I'm ploughing my way through David Copperfield at the moment (it's a very looooong book!). I wish there were some DC characters in the programme.

r3adysteadygo Wed 13-Jan-16 22:05:52

I've recorded it. Looking forward to binge watching when I get the chance.

kitnkaboodle Wed 13-Jan-16 22:09:13

Compeyson turned into a proper panto villain tonight! Poor jip is/was confused a David Copper field character - but the only one so far? There must be some due to pop up in later episodes, I'm sure

rosewithoutthorns Wed 13-Jan-16 22:11:44

Love it too! But then I love any type of period drama. If you love that then you just have to watch War and Peace.

kitnkaboodle Wed 13-Jan-16 22:22:16

Yes - watching that too and enjoying it because I have no previous knowledge of it. I love the fact that a few actors are in both series too! Enjoying my January on the sofa!!

rosewithoutthorns Wed 13-Jan-16 22:27:22

I also have no idea about it, haven't even got much of a clue about our wars let alone the fight between Russia and France. Stretching the sofa thing till end of February grin

BrennieGirl Wed 13-Jan-16 22:37:59

kitnkabbodle I didn't realise that about Jip! David has only just met Dora where I am in the book and no mention of the dog yet.

kitnkaboodle Wed 13-Jan-16 23:28:05

I think it would be good fun, and in the spirit of the programme, if out of the whole range of characters in DC they only used the dog!

GoringBit Wed 13-Jan-16 23:33:57

Do you have to have a grasp of Dickens' work to get Dickensian? (I don't.) I've recorded them all so far, but haven't watched it; tbh, I feel a bit daunted by the prospect of it.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Wed 13-Jan-16 23:38:54

Oh tonight -Poor Bill Sykes and poor Arthur.

I just kept thinking "Arthur, tell Amelia , go home and tell her how evil he is"

Re David Copperfield I bet if a pregnant Honoria Barbary had been taken in by Betsy Trotwood Bleak House would never have happened and there'd be none of that stuff about Esther's shame.

I noted Hard Times has got a non-speaking part.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 13-Jan-16 23:44:29

And frankly that's the best thing that can happen to Hard Times.

kitnkaboodle Wed 13-Jan-16 23:47:40

Goring - no, the beauty of it is that it functions perfectly well as a story in its own right. It's a murder mystery with a detective and is pretty similar to an Agatha Christie. There are some in-jokes, but the characters are either in a kind of parallel life to their one in the books or in a kind of pre-quel to their famous stories. If you have a passing acquaintance with Scrooge or Oliver then you'll love it.
Lass - you have superior knowledge to me as I've never read BH and managed to miss the BBC version (God knows how!). So I'm now inspired to read it, as it seems to be one of The Main Ones. I'll let Dickensian play out first, though!

Antisoc Wed 13-Jan-16 23:47:44

I'm enjoying it but the fake snow bothers me. It so fake it's distracting.
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GoringBit Wed 13-Jan-16 23:50:27

Thanks Kit, Oliver Twist and Scrooge, I can do. I'll give it a look. <goes off to retrieve recently deleted Dickensian episodes>

LassWiTheDelicateAir Wed 13-Jan-16 23:53:02

Goring I don't think you need to know the books but you will get more out of it if you do.

They have set it before A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Bleak House and Great Expectations start.

It's creating full back stories for what happens in BH and GE in particular (and OT to a lesser extent ) and has created cross- roads where a character has options.

If you know the books you can see how generally awful end results could have been avoided by a bit of common sense and/or kindness.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Wed 13-Jan-16 23:59:24

So true about Betsy Trotwood, Lass. There'd be none of this melodramatic martyrdom from her. (Although I am feeling rather sorry for Miss Frances Barbary's disappointment in Sir Leicester.)

GoringBit Wed 13-Jan-16 23:59:29

Thanks Lass, it sounds worth a look, albeit some references will be lost on me; I'm sure I saw BH on the telly some years ago, and is it Pip and Miss Havisham in GE? Anyway, I'll give it a try.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Thu 14-Jan-16 00:12:54

BH has been on the BBC several times. The last version had Gillian Anderson as the character Honoria Barbary becomes. The previous version had Diana Rigg in the role.

Pip and Miss Haversham are in GE.Gillian Anderson also played Miss H in a recent BBC production.

kitnkaboodle Thu 14-Jan-16 00:23:41

Lass - sorry but I'm going to be pedantic!! I don't think it's all supposed to be a prequel. For Mr Bumble it can't be a prequel as he only gets married (to the workhouse woman) during the course of Oliver Twist (or the musical at least!!). I think the chars are all at various points in their stories or, indeed, in a parallel version. But for GE it's obv a backstory, yes.

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Thu 14-Jan-16 00:26:34

Yes yes, give it a try, Goring.

I've just discovered many of the writers are East Enders veterans. And that's what it is - a soap with Dickens characters! Great fun!

member Thu 14-Jan-16 00:29:33

I have no previous knowledge of Dickens except Christmas Carol & the gist of Oliver and am enjoying.

I am perturbed at the scheduling; a splurge of episodes over Christmas (two a night on one occasion) then quite a gap before reappearing on Wed/Thurs last week. Tonight's was only 8/20 - feels like it'll be next Christmas before it concludes.

For me, Caroline Quentin is the weakest link

LassWiTheDelicateAir Thu 14-Jan-16 00:33:00

You are right about the Bumbles. I was thinking of Sykes and Nancy. There's still hope for them here but that's gone in their own book.

I don't think the Bumbles add much but maybe there is more to come of them. They are so unpleasant in OT whereas here they are just buffoons.

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