Dickens on the BBC
Free Your Imagination: Books on the BBC culminates with a celebration of the work of one of Britain's greatest writers, Charles Dickens. Dickens on the BBC is a season of documentary, drama and discussion programmes across television and radio, heralding the 2012 bicentenary celebrations of the writer's birth.
- Monday 28 November 2011 BBC Radio 4
1/5 Claire Tomalin's acclaimed new biography of Britain's great novelist paints a portrait of an extraordinarily complex man.
- Friday 9 December BBC Radio 3
Ian McMillan hosts a special edition at the BBC's Radio Theatre to celebrate the art of reading Dickens aloud.
- Sunday 11 December BBC One
Traditional carols will be sung by the congregation at St George's Church in Gravesend, dressed in Victorian costumes.
- Wednesday 14 December BBC Radio 3
Philip Dodd presents a landmark edition devoted to Charles Dickens as the bicentenary of his birth approaches.
- Monday 19 December BBC Two
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1/4 A new comedy adventure with an all-star cast set in the Dickensian world of Jedrington Secret-Past.
- Monday 19 December BBC Radio 3
1/5 Tessa Hadley, A L Kennedy, Alexander McCall Smith, Romesh Gunesekera and Justin Cartwright examine Dickens' prose.
- Monday 26 December BBC Radio 4
1/5 Robert Lindsay and Alison Steadman star in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens' classic.
- Thursday 29 December BBC Radio 4
Crime writer Frances Fyfield examines the original manuscript to understand Dickens' frantic writing and self-editing.
- Wednesday 30 December BBC Two
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Sue Perkins exposes the lesser known reality of the Dickens family Christmas, through the eyes of his wife, Catherine.
- Sunday 1 January 2012 BBC Radio 4
1/3 Ayeesha Menon's rework of Martin Chuzzlewit is set among the Catholic community in modern day Mumbai.
- Monday 2 January BBC Two
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Using David Copperfield as a focal point, Armando explores the development of this master storyteller.
- Tuesday 10 January BBC Four
Arena asks why Dickens' have novels inspired so many screen adaptations, from the films of the silent era to the modern day.
- Thursday 12 January BBC Two
Alastair Sooke investigates the mystery behind Edwin Drood and what it is that makes the unfinished story so tantalising.
- Thursday 19 January BBC Radio 4
Frances Fyfield tries to answer some of the many questions about the last days of Dickens' life.
- Monday 6 February BBC Radio 4
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1/5 Five short plays based on Dickens' journalism tell the story of his changing relationship with the city that fired his imagination.
About the season
Free Your Imagination: Books on the BBC - a major season of programmes focusing on literature on BBC TV and Radio.
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World Book Night 2012
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Dickens in London
Watch a film made to accompany five biographical plays to be broadcast on Radio 4.
In Their Own Words: British Novelists Interviews with remarkable modern writers from the BBC Archive.
Radio 4 Author Interviews Collection Listen to interviews with the authors of the 25 World Book Night titles.
Radio 4 Books and Authors Podcast This podcast features Open Book and Bookclub programmes.