Bleak House voted Best Dickens TV adaptation according to a poll released today by BBC Worldwide and

Great Expectations is my favourite novel and I’m thrilled to be playing Magwitch. I’ve wanted to play him for ages.”Ray Winstone
Date: 01.02.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: BBC Worldwide
• Bleak House voted favourite TV adaptation with Lionel Bart’s Oliver as best feature film
• Gillian Anderson voted best Dickens TV actress for her roles in Bleak House and Great Expectations
• Ray Winstone’s recent role as Magwitch in Great Expectations earns him best Dickens TV actor

Click to tweet: Bleak House voted Best Dickens TV adaptation according to @RadioTimes and @BBCWPress poll. Other winners include @Gi_Anderson @ray_winstone

BBC Worldwide today announces that acclaimed drama Bleak House was voted the Best Dickens TV adaptation in a poll conducted by  The BAFTA-awarding-winning series with an all-star cast including Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson and Johnny Vegas beat other well-known Dickens adaptations including Martin Chuzzlewit, David Copperfield and Hard Times.  The best Dickens feature film was named as Lionel Bart’s Oliver! from 1968.  The two favourites polled 34% of the vote between them. 

The poll was conducted to celebrate the release of the Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection DVD set, published by BBC Worldwide on 30th January to mark the bi-centenary of Dickens’ birth.  The set contains poll favourite Bleak House as well as Little Dorrit, the BBC’s adaptation of Oliver Twist and the most recent Great Expectations, shown on BBC One at Christmas. 

As well as the Best TV adaptation, the poll also saw Gillian Anderson voted overwhelmingly as best actress in a Dickens programme for her roles across Great Expectations (as Miss Haversham) and Bleak House (as Lady Deadlock). Over a third of respondents chose the London-based actress as their favourite. Commenting on her passion for playing Dickens’ roles she says:

“He (Dickens) is a wonderful storyteller and there are common recognisable themes in his books.  His characters are so complex, so multi-faceted and tragically human, but also he draws such interesting stories.” readers were also polled on the best actor in a Dickens adaptation, with Ray Winstone, who played Abel Magwitch in the 2011 version of Great Expectations, as the overall favourite with 16% of votes.  Speaking during the filming of the series he said:

“Great Expectations is my favourite novel and I’m thrilled to be playing Magwitch.  I’ve wanted to play him for ages.”

As well as the Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection, BBC Worldwide will also be publishing a range of Dickens titles including a re-issued box set of classic adaptations (The Charles Dickens Collection) and re-releases of TV favourites Our Mutual Friend and David Copperfield

The Top 5 Dickens TV and Film adaptations as voted by readers were:

Bleak House (2005)

Oliver! (1968 film)

Great Expectations (2011)

Little Dorrit (2008)

Great Expectations (1946 film)


BBC Worldwide will be publishing the Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection on DVD on 30th January 2012.


For further information please contact: Reetu Kabra at BBC Worldwide

Tel: 020 7612 3145 Email: reetu,




-       The poll was commissioned by BBC Worldwide Consumer products and conducted by through a standardised multi-choice answer system

-      The poll received responses from 626 people in total

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