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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.

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.

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.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 Dec 2019 19:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Perkins
Producer Mark Halliley
Director Mark Halliley
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

Broadcasts

  • Fri 30 Dec 2011 21:00
  • Fri 30 Dec 2011 22:00
  • Tue 10 Jan 2012 22:00
  • Thu 20 Dec 2012 20:00
  • Sun 17 Dec 2017 20:00
  • Sun 22 Dec 2019 19:00

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