Actor Brenock O'Connor (best known for Game of Thrones) talks a little in this interview about Dickensian, in which he'll be playing Peter Cratchit. Speaking of which, I've been updating the cast list for the show as information has been trickling in; go here for the latest information!
Roger Rees, the actor who won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award in the title role of the 1980 Nicholas Nickleby adaptation (and later earned an Emmy nomination for the U.S. televised version), died Friday at age 71. Rees also played Fred, as well as acting as narrator, in the 1984 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Joseph Luzzi, author of the new book In a Dark Wood, offers five recommended reads, one of which is A Tale of Two Cities: ". . . We are in Dickens Land, where story and imagination reign supreme, and where we are led onward by the most large-hearted of guides."
And here's a list from 2014 that I missed at the time: Kathryn Schulz's list of "The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature." Number 4 is the colon in the first sentence of A Christmas Carol: ". . . This sentence is insane, or anyway destined to foment insanity in the grammatically prissy. It has death, a dangling participle, and a wonderfully garrulous narrator with some kind of unmentionable Victorian-era disease: wandering colon. It is great."
There've been no official Dickensian casting announcements yet, but word about casting is starting to leak out via actors' Twitter accounts. So I don't think anyone will object if I mention that Caroline Quentin is playing Mrs. Bumble, and Sophie Simnett is playing someone's niece. (Whose niece, I don't know. She looks a bit young for Scrooge's niece.) Additionally, this site lists Stephen Rae as a cast member, though with no role given.
It isn't much, but it's a start -- and I'll let you know if I find more!
The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder reports that Canadian filmmaker Anthony D. P. Mann is filming and starring in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, set in Canada in the 1890s, on a "micro-budget." Colin Baker will narrate.
The title of Laura Freeman's recent article in the Telegraph, "How Charles Dickens stopped me from starving myself to death," is slightly misleading. It wasn't just Dickens whose writing about food made this anorexic young woman realize that "food could be a pleasure"; it was also Siegfried Sassoon, Thomas Hardy, Marcel Proust, and several other writers. However, Dickens was one of those who played a part in her recovery, and that makes perfect sense -- he always had a special gift for writing about the simple joys and pleasures of life, and making them sound extra appealing.
In short, as Freeman puts it, "Never readCharles Dickens without a well-stocked larder. His novels can make a reader very hungry."