Stephen Fry and Robert Webb lead cast of BBC2 Christmas Dickens spoof

David Mitchell, Katherine Parkinson, Tim McInnerny, Johnny Vegas co-star in Bleak Old Shop of Stuff

Filming begins this week on Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, a Dickensian BBC2 comedy set to air at Christmas. Full casting details have now been confirmed.


As revealed in last week’s Radio Times magazine, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff is a TV series by Mark Evans, writer of the popular Radio 4 spoof Bleak Expectations. The new set of characters features Robert Webb in the lead role of shop owner Jedrington Secret-Past, and Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) as his wife Conceptiva.

Stephen Fry appears in the hour-long Christmas special as evil lawyer Malifax Skulkingworm, alongside David Mitchell, Celia Imrie, Pauline McLynn (Shameless, Father Ted) and Johnny Vegas.

A three-part series of the “ridiculous Dickensian adventure” follows in the new year, with regular cast members including Blackadder star Tim McInnerny as Jedrington’s duplicitous business partner Harmswell Grimstone, and Sarah Hadland (Miranda, Waterloo Road) as governess Miss Tightclench, as well as Kevin Eldon and Derek Griffiths.

Robert Webb said: “I’m really looking forward to working with my all-time hero David Mitchell. Apparently Stephen Fry is in it too, which is nice.”


Bleak Old Shop of Stuff contributes to the BBC’s celebration of the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth.