Alas, there are no Dickens adaptations in PBS's new Masterpiece Classics season, which starts on Sunday. We sure were spoiled last year, weren't we? However, the LA Times points out that there is a significant connection between Dickens and the Cranford miniseries that kicks off the season:
Gaskell's "Cranford" tales were originally written as monthly episodes in Charles Dickens' magazine, "Household Words." . . .
The stories were so popular with readers, Dickens commissioned her to write more.
Way to go, Mr. Dickens! When I watch Return to Cranford, I'll be thinking of you.