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This comprehensive 3-DVD box explores the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens, the great Victorian author. Dickens is undoubtedly one of the great literary geniuses of all time. Yet, there is much about Dickens’s incredible life that remains unknown. His is a fascinating story; from rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labor, and fame and fortune, overshadowed by guilt and secrecy. This DVD set demonstrates how much Dickens drew upon his own experiences in his fiction.
The cast includes Anton Lesser, Daniel Radcliffe, Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Michael Elphick, Trevor Eve, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Zoë Wanamaker, and Ian Mckellen.
UNCOVERING THE REAL DICKENS – Presented by Peter Ackroyd. An innovative mix of documentary and dramatic reconstruction vividly recreates the author’s extraordinary life. (176 mins)
DAVID COPPERFIELD – The acclaimed 1999 BBC TV drama. Three hours of classic drama heaven! (186 mins)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – At Dickens’s house a group of his friends and relatives attend a private performance of the classic Christmas story. An authentic dramatization by Anton Lesser as the novelist. (97 mins)
SONGS FROM GROPE LANE – The 12-year-old Dickens escapes his miserable daily life in a brief spell of raucous tavern entertainment. Lucie Skeaping’s ensemble perform deliciously seedy pub songs. (25 mins)
THE MAKING OF
UNCOVERING THE REAL DICKENS – A surprising look behind the scenes of this evocative production. (27 mins)
R E V I E W S:
“Anton Lesser made an emotionally charged, almost tremulous, Dickens, especially recreating the writer's inspirational public readings.” – Paul Hoggart, The Times
"Anton Lesser is tremendous as Dickens himself, making you understand why his public readings were so popular. Lesser makes it sound as if Dickens is talking to you, whether in the reconstructed interviews or reading from his books. The mix of fiction and fact pays off in his speeches and in moments of the drama and that makes this an absorbing, even engrossing biography." – BBC News Read less
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