This time, it's Harvey Weinstein who's teaming up with the BBC to make a television adaptation of the novel (as a follow-up to their recent War and Peace adaptation). After all the rumors of various adaptations in the past few years, could this finally happen for real? I have to say, having a name as big as Weinstein's involved sounds promising!
The Telegraphhas some praise for last night's season 1 finale of Dickensian, and for the show in general -- but not quite so much praise for BBC One, which "passed [it] around the schedule like an unwanted orphan." The article is spoilery, although if you're familiar with the plots of Bleak House, Great Expectations, and Oliver Twist, it shouldn't be TOO spoilery.
The Sunday Times reports that the BBC should decide on a renewal for Dickensian in the next month, and that Tony Jordan already has lots of ideas in mind, including Marley's appearance as a ghost. (The full article is subscriber-only.) Meanwhile, Jonathan Wright at The Guardian praisesDickensian as "the riskiest show on primetime TV."
Rachel Holdsworth recently took a few swipes at Dickens in the New Statesman, claiming that the show Dickensian is boring and "it's really all Dickens's fault."
This, she says, is because (1) Dickens wrote women poorly and (2) "Dickens wrote potboilers." This is a rarely used word nowadays, so I give you the Merriam-Webster definition: "a usually inferior work (as of art or literature) produced chiefly for profit."
Thanks to John Kyriacou, who pointed us to Holly Furneaux's revelation that the mysterious Fanny Biggetywitch on Dickensian is definitely a Tony Jordan character, not a Charles Dickens character. Furneaux is an adviser on the series, so she knows whereof she speaks. (She also mentions something I hadn't heard before -- that Dora Spenlow's dog, Jip, is on the show as well!)
One other interesting piece of Dickensian news from the same source: The Dickens Museum will have a special exhibition on the series, beginning January 19.