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Series 1 - Episode 5



The trouble with Dickens’s best-known characters in this lively, grown-up pantomime is our familiarity with their stories. So when a handsome young man on the make called Compeyson goes all out to win the affections of young Miss Havisham we want to yell, “Run away, Miss H, run fast, run long! Don’t say you’ll marry him!”

But Tony Jordan’s audacious series is fresh enough to keep things bowling along in that snowy Victorian street. It’s New Year’s Eve and the Cratchit household is looking forward to the wedding of lovely daughter Martha, while the implacable Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea) has an unsatisfactory interview with Ebenezer Scrooge.


Compeyson goes to desperate lengths to make Miss Havisham notice him, and Martha Cratchit's wedding plans are thrown into turmoil by an unexpected knock at the door. Omid Djalili, Christopher Fairbank, Anton Lesser and Caroline Quentin feature alongside Tom Weston-Jones, Tuppence Middleton and Phoebe Dynevor in this period drama, re-imagining the works of Charles Dickens as inter-connected tales.

Cast & Crew

Tim Cratchit Zaak Conway
John Bagnet Oliver Coopersmith
Sir Leicester Dedlock Richard Cordery
Ebeneezer Scrooge Ned Dennehy
Mr Venus Omid Djalili
Martha Cratchit Phoebe Dynevor
Silas Wegg Christopher Fairbank
Nell Imogen Faires
Emily Cratchit Jennifer Hennessy
Fagin Anton Lesser
Amelia Havisham Tuppence Middleton
Frances Barbary Alexandra Moen
Nancy Bethany Muir
Peter Cratchit Brenock O'Connor
Mrs Bumble Caroline Quentin
Arthur Havisham Joseph Quinn
Edward Barbary Adrian Rawlins
Inspector Bucket Stephen Rea
Mr Bumble Richard Ridings
Honoria Barbary Sophie Rundle
Bill Sikes Mark Stanley
Captain James Hawdon Ben Starr
Meriwether Compeyson Tom Weston-Jones
Bob Cratchit Robert Wilfort
Barker Peter Landi
Bruiser Jones John Street
Rose Eliza Jones
Boy Benjamin Campbell
Director Harry Bradbeer
Producer David Boulter
Writer Sarah Phelps
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