I watched the first two episodes of Dickensian earlier. My overall impression is that the cast and crew have done a great job, and the series is a treat.
The first episode was almost like eating a huge Christmas pudding in one sitting. Too many characters were introduced and too quickly (less is more, as they say). While it was fun playing "spot the character," this whirlwind of characters might have been a tad confusing for those unfamiliar with Dickens. I think the first two episodes should have been broadcast together, in one chunk, as the second episode slowed the pace, allowing some breathing space.
The show premieres tonight at 7 p.m. on BBC One! Emily Bowles of York University will be live tweeting it at https://twitter.com/JofVictCulture (that will start at 2 p.m. for us Americans). And over here, I will publish the report from John, our British correspondent, when I get it.
I've been alerted via Twitter that Anthony D. P. Mann's new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Colin Baker,is now available on DVD and has also been picked up by PBS. Go here for all the details!
A Christmas Carol (1938), December 6 at 8:30 a.m., December 11 at 12 a.m., and December 24 at 9:15 a.m., TCM; December 25 at 9:36 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sundance
A Christmas Carol a.k.a. Scrooge (1951), December 9 at 5 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel; December 24 at 7, 9, and 11 p.m., and December 25 at 1 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., FX Movie Channel
Scrooge (1970), December 11 at 10 p.m. and December 25 at 8:45 a.m., TCM
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), December 9 at 6 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m., ABC Family
A Christmas Carol (1984), December 9 at 10 p.m., December 10 at 4:30 p.m., December 18 at 9:15 p.m., December 19 at 4:30 p.m., December 23 at 2:30 p.m., and December 25 at 1 a.m. AMC
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), December 24 at 9 p.m., WGN
A Christmas Carol (1999), December 13 at 2 p.m., This TV Network; December 18 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., TNT; December 24 at 10 p.m., This TV Network
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004), December 14 at 3 a.m. and December 19 at 7 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009), December 6 at 12:30 p.m., December 8 at 4 p.m., December 17 at 8:45 p.m., December 18 at 4:15 p.m., ABC Family; December 11 at 6 p.m., December 12 at 2:02 p.m., December 24 at 9 p.m., and December 25 at 5 p.m., Disney XD; December 19 at 12 a.m. and December 22 at 9:40 p.m., Disney Channel
And speaking of Dickens on TV, TVWise has air dates and times for Dickensian on BBC One, including the premiere date, December 26. Still waiting to find out when we're getting it on this side of the pond . . .
"Think Dickens does The Avengers," says the Evening Standard of Dickensian in this article. It features a nice big picture of many of the cast members with their characters' names (so I was able to update our cast list!). I note that Compeyson has been given the first name "Meriweather," which seems a just punishment for his sins.