As you know, I usually keep an open mind about adaptations. But I confess I feel a bit dubious about this:
"The drama, which has received a script commitment [at NBC], is described as a modern take on Dickens' second novel that was originally published as a serial in the 1830s. Twist's logline is as follows: A sexy contemporary take on Oliver Twist with a struggling 20-something female (Twist) who finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals."
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."