And so it begins, the BBC’s grand plan to bring together the vast ensemble of Dickens’ books in a single beautiful tapestry. Dickensian, The Avengers of Victorian drama has landed. But did it work?
With a cast list longer than we could comfortably list and only twenty episodes in which to give every member meaningful purpose, could it possibly succeed? Interpretations of Dickens are second only to those of Shakespeare in the mercilessness of their judgement by critics and the public alike, so we have no doubt that this expanded universe is ruffling more than a few feathers.
Even more important than the question of whether or not it’s good Dickens, is Dickensian good telly? Let us know in the comments section below whether you think the BBC Scrooged this one up, or if it was a pleasant Twist on the traditional period drama.