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Dickensian

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Dickensian is a bold reinvention of Charles Dickens' timeless novels, where his most iconic characters live side by side in the same Victorian neighbourhood. Free from the straightjacket of adaptation, Dickensian takes familiar characters on new journeys. Discover the events that lead up to Miss Havisham's wedding day, the sacrifices made by a young Lady Dedlock and find out what happens to ruthless moneylender Jacob Marley. You don't need to know Dickens' novels to fall in love with these stories - packed with romance, scandal and intrigue they deliver a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns to surprise and delight viewers to the final episode. The stunning backdrop of Victorian London is brought to life by a stellar cast including Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin and Peter Firth. Dickensian is period drama as we've never seen it before.

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  • Episode 10

    Compeyson is now officially courting Amelia Havisham and again demands cash from Arthur to make himself seem more credible as a suitor. Arthur is driven to selling some personal family items to obtain the money and with some drink inside him is becoming both more angry and more emboldened about being exploited like this. He goes to Satis House and very nearly gives the game away in front of Compeyson and Amelia but Compeyson deflects Amelia's concern onto her brother's drunkenness rather than what he's saying. Later that night, Compeyson teaches Arthur a cruel lesson with a severe whipping. Frances is still pestering Honoria that the only way to save the family is to enter an arranged marriage with Sir Leicester, but Honoria, determined, sets out with Captain Hawdon to try and solve her father's debt problems by other means. Downhearted by their failure they visit the debtor's prison where she finds her father a broken man. The sisters are momentarily united in grief for their father. Inspector Bucket continues to investigate Marley's death and is concentrating on the "C" in his diary. Emily Cratchit lets him know that Bob had told her about a warehouse owned by Marley called "Crouchers". Bucket is thrilled..this could be the lead he's been waiting for. Meanwhile the Bumbles entertain Mr Gradgrind, Bumble's boss. When he asks for seconds of her spotted dick Mrs Bumble thinks a new position is in the bag. Back at the Cratchit's, Bob and Emily are increasingly worried about Tim and at the Den, Sikes brings some cash to Fagin..he'll buy Nancy's "freedom" if it's the last thing he does.

    Length: 01:18:21
    Usage rights: Expires 2/29/2020
  • Episode 9

    Jaggers urges Barbary to make a plan but he refuses to believe all hope is lost and sets out to talk to all his previous business associates in the hope of getting a number of small loans. Honoria invites Captain Hawdon to tea determined to erase any thought of Sir Leicester as a suitor. Scrooge tells Barbary that if he can't pay by the end of the day he will think nothing of sending him to debtor's prison. During a very tense tea where Barbary challenges Hawdon as a suitor the bailiffs arrive to take Barbary away. Honoria and Frances are bereft. Devastated by the loss of Jip Amelia is amazed then horrified by Compeyson's callousness when he arrives with a puppy. Compeyson feigns ignorance - the puppy was simply a gift for his god daughter, he had no idea Jip was missing. Compeyson acts hurt that Miss Havisham should think so little of him and reveals that she occupies his every waking thought but he was unwilling to confess this to her before as he had had his heart terribly broken. Moved by his story, Amelia promises to never hurt him and they kiss. Bucket questions Nancy and Dodger hoping to further break Fagin's alibi - but their loyalty is unwavering. Pressure mounts on Bucket when a reward poster goes up. Mrs Gamp moves in with Silas hoping to get her hands on his gin. Silas thinks she's there for an altogether different purpose and leaps on her in bed during her afternoon nap. Mrs Gamp is horrified - in fact only a stiff drink can calm her nerves. Mrs Bumble spends a fortune making their home look presentable for Mr Gradgrind's visit Peter is determined to buy Nell the comb she loves for her birthday.

    Length: 00:57:01
    Usage rights: Expires 2/29/2020

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