Dickensian (BBC / Amazon)

Dickensian

Dickensian is a BBC drama that only aired one season. Clever in the way it combines the lives of Charles Dickens many characters, this story tells of Inspector Bucket’s attempts to solve Jacob Marley’s murder. Unfortunately for Detective Bucket, everyone has a motive to kill Marley. The problem is finding out who truly is responsible.

This superbly cast drama may please Dickens fans. However, it should be noted that this is a serious drama, with little comedy, and in keeping with many of Dickens’ characters, it does not end well for every one. (In other words, this is not a “happily-ever-after” type show.)

I was unable to find what the TV show was rated. I would guess it is about TV-14. However, there were a couple scenes that made me a little uncomfortable. The main one of which is when Silas Wegg forces himself on Mrs. Gant. While they are clothed in the scene, it was disturbing enough for me that I ended up turning the show off. So I would advise people who are sensitive like me, against watching the show.

I did go on Wikipedia to find out who Joseph Marley’s killer was, and that is why I know the show does not end happily for everyone. So, if you are in the mood for a happily-ever-after show, look elsewhere.

I will reiterate that I was beyond impressed with the acting – Scrooge and Fagin being my two favorite characters, closely followed by Detective Bucket. I appreciate the show’s cleverness in how it combined many of Dickens’ books; however, this show is simply not for me.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

ManWhoInventedChristmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a story about the origins of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol. With a cast of famous actors, this story is well acted, and if the content is to be believed, the origins of A Christmas Carol are interesting.

If nothing else, this movie sparked my curiosity about the life of Charles Dickens, and I hope to find a biography about him to find out if the origins of A Christmas Carol are truly the way the movie described it.