Mrs Dickens' Family Christmas
Looking at the marriage of Charles Dickens through the eyes of his wife Catherine, Sue Perkins exposes the lesser known reality of the Dickens family Christmas - very different from the heart-warming versions he presented in A Christmas Carol.
In this 60-minute film for BBC Two, Sue turns her attention to the woman behind the man, revealing parallels between the female characters he created and his changing affections for his wife, namely, in Dickens's mind, her transition from innocent virgin to middle-aged frump.
Scrutinising Dickens's public defence in a national newspaper of his treatment toward Catherine, Sue seeks to set the record straight, promulgating her unconditional love for Dickens and support for his career.
Along the way, she has plenty of laughs, evokes the realities of Victorian marriage, interviews many of today's leading biographers of Mr and Mrs Dickens, explores Charles's role in creating Christmas as we know it - and gets to make a twelfth night cake.
|Executive Producer||Basil Comely|
|Interviewed Guest||Michael Slater|
|Interviewed Guest||Robert Douglas-Fairhurst|
|Interviewed Guest||Pen Vogler|
|Interviewed Guest||Lucinda Dickens Hawksley|
|Interviewed Guest||Claire Tomalin|
|Interviewed Guest||Lillian Nayder|
|Interviewed Guest||Oliver James|
|Assistant Producer||Nick Tanner|
|Production Manager||Marian Lacey|