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The job in the counting house turns out to be a job in a rat-infested cellar, where the young Dickens - or 'Chickens' as he is nicknamed - meets a colleague named Bob Fagin. Meanwhile, Charles' father is imprisoned for debt.
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First broadcast:
10 January 2008

Classroom Ideas

Before watching the clip, children can discuss the idea of working at the age of 12. They can write a short narrative piece using the thoughts Charles will have before setting off, the anxieties he may be feeling and the excitement of finally having lessons taught to him. After watching the clip, children can write a comparative piece about the truth of the new job and what Charles is thinking at the end of the working day. Can be used as source material for auto/biographical writing, focusing upon an episode in the childhood of Dickens; either as a standalone paragraph or part of a longer piece using other episodes.