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Charles Dickens with Gyles Brandreth

  • History
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Gyles Brandreth travels across Britain visiting the places that inspired one of Britain's most famous storytellers - Charles Dickens. Gyles unlocks the secrets behind the author's unforgettable novels, delves into their history and uncovers the true-life events that inspired some of the greatest stories ever told

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Review

This life-and-times doc begins not at Miss Havisham’s cobwebbed mansion, nor in the workhouse with Oliver Twist, but out on Albert Square, where Kat Slater is yelling to Zoe that she’s her mother. The famous showdown is being used to highlight the similarities between TV soaps and Charles Dickens’s books, many of which were crafted in instalments and filled with cliffhangers.
From there, we learn how often depressing chapters in the writer’s life influenced his plots and characters, and hear from one-time EastEnders boss John Yorke, who’s asked whether Dickens, were he alive today, would be scriptwriting the soap. His answer? “He’d probably have come out the other side and now have a Netflix deal.”

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PresenterGyles Brandreth
DirectorGraham Cooper
Series producerGraham Cooper
Executive producerJeff Anderson

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