Once again, Oliver Twist is in the news: Rolling Stone has an update on the upcoming remake of the Oliver! film. It will be a contemporary film "with a genre-hopping soundtrack that will of course include hip-hop." Ice Cube (who also is preparing to play Scrooge in a Christmas Carol remake) will play Fagin, and Thomas Kail -- Tony-Award-winning director of the musical Hamilton -- will direct.
The folks at The School of Life have made a charming and deeply insightful short film about how Dickens "set out to educate via entertaining," and how he managed "to make goodness attractive." (I think they're a bit hard on him as a father -- for all his failings, I don't think his children tended to consider him "detached" -- but otherwise I believe their account of his life is accurate.) It can be viewed here at Seeker.com.