In this interview with Radio Times, Ayeesha Menon talks about her new radio play that updates A Tale of Two Cities and places it in modern Syria. The first part of A Tale of Two Cities: Aleppo and London will air tomorrow on BBC Radio 4. We Americans will be able to hear it here, shortly after the broadcast.
Charles Dickens turns up as a character in AMC miniseries "The Terror," which begins tomorrow night. The 10-episode series is based on the ill-fated Franklin expedition to the Arctic in 1845. As you may know, Dickens tried to help Sir John Franklin's wife, Lady Jane Franklin, rehabilitate her husband's reputation after the expedition met its end -- not in very creditable ways, unfortunately. But from what I can make out from this New York Times review, the show has Dickens involved even earlier, trying to help organize rescue operations.
(Interestingly, the source material for "The Terror" is a novel by Dan Simmons, who wrote another novel in which Dickens played a role!)
IMDb lists Tristan Teller as the actor who plays Dickens, in only one episode of the ten. Though IMDb isn't always completely accurate about these things, they may be right in this case, as Dickens would be a minor character in the saga. So don't expect to see a lot of him. But it might still be interesting to see how he's portrayed!
One more Dickens-Franklin connection, incidentally, is that the expedition inspired The Frozen Deep, which in turn inspired A Tale of Two Cities.
It's time once again for our Christmas Carol TV schedule! You know the drill: Keep checking back for updates, and comment if you know of any screenings that I've missed. All times are Eastern.
Scrooge (1935, starring Seymour Hicks): December 8 at 9:45 p.m. and December 25 at 10:30 a.m., TCM
A Christmas Carol (1938, starring Reginald Owen): December 16 at 12:15 p.m. and December 25 at 2:00 a.m., TCM
Scrooge, a.k.a. A Christmas Carol (1951, starring Alastair Sim): December 8 at 8:00 p.m., TCM
A Christmas Carol (1984, starring George C. Scott): December 13 at 10:30 p.m.; December 14 at 3:00 p.m.; December 22 at 3:30 a.m.; December 23 at 10:00 p.m.; December 24 at 7:30 p.m., AMC; December 25 at 10:45 a.m. and 8:15 p.m., Sundance TV
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): December 25 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 7:55 p.m., and 10:55 p.m., HBO Family
A Christmas Carol (1999, starring Patrick Stewart): December 12 at 8:00 p.m. and December 22 at 8:00 p.m., Get TV; December 13 at 9:00 p.m. and December 22 at 10:15 p.m., TNT; December 24 at 4:00 p.m. and December 25 at 12:00 a.m., INSP
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009, starring Jim Carrey): December 7 at 4:45 p.m., December 8 at 2:45 p.m., December 10 at 2:15 p.m., December 11 at 11:30 a.m., December 24 at 12:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., Freeform