Happy 200th Birthday Mr. Dickens

Today marks the 200th anniversary of one of the English language’s great scribes – Charles Dickens.

I have previously written a post about the Magic of Dickens in which I describe how the medium of television has been so successful at adapting his long, fully formed stories.

Most recently during the month-long December 2011 tribute to Dickens that ran on TCM during the month of December, I ended up watching the ambitious 360-minute, two-part version of Little Dorrit written and directed by Christine Edzard. Who would have imagined that the same story told twice (from different perspectives) could be so entertaining?

Another film I caught over that month was the Hollywood version of Dickens’ unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, starring Claude Rains. Unfortunately, opinion on this film is not fully formed yet as I was watching it having been slightly distracted from giving my undivided attention to the film – so goes the pitfalls of home viewing.

If you are wholly unfamiliar with how the works of someone born 200 years ago have a bearing on shaping our modern cultural landscape, I have compiled a few articles from around the web which point to this idea:

Are you a fan of the writings / big and small screen adaptations of Charles Dickens? If so which are your favorite?

(Image Credit: TCM.com)

P.S. One more Dickens/movie tie-in: his great-great-great grandson, Harry Lloyd, is an actor in his own right, having featured in films such as Jane Eyre and The Iron Lady.

He has even appeared in screen versions of two of his 3x great-grandfather’s novels: once as the Young Steerforth in David Copperfield and as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (source: Internet Movie Database).


  1. I like Nicholas Nickleby, the movie not the novel, I haven’t read it. Oh I didn’t know his great-great-great grandson is an actor, interesting. Which role did he play in Jane Eyre?

  2. Happy Birthday Mr Dickens… you clever sod you!!

  3. Little Dorrit is next on my to-read list! I need to do it before I watch the mini-series because I just can’t read a book knowing how it ends. About the adaptations… I know I love Disney’s version of a Christmas Carol. Never seen the “human” one, though!

  4. I feel like I’m missing out with Dickens. My wife loves the Sherlock Holmes stories and the BBC’s take on it with Benedict Cumberbatch is supposed to be great. I could start reading his books but I’d really rather watch all the movie adaptations. I’m lazy that way.

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