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BBC Dramatisations - Charles Dickens

 
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Charles Dance, John Duttine
    4.40 (14 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dickens' heart-stopping historical adventure set in the French Revolution and featuring the gentle Charles Darnay and the dissolute Sydney Carton. The action switches between London and Paris during the nightmare of The Terror - and in the shadow of Madame Guillotine - in this Sony award-winning drama that captures the joy and anguish of those corrupt and turbulent times.
  • Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol'
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Tom Baker
    4.50 (187 ratings)
    Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.
  • David Copperfield (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Sheila Hancock
    4.70 (57 ratings)
    David Copperfield is the story of a boy growing to maturity in the affairs of the world and of the heart, surrounded by some of Dickens' most memorable characters: David's eccentric great-aunt, Miss Betsey Trotwood; the ever-optimistic Mr Micawber; jolly Peggotty and her willing husband Barkis; the charming Steerforth; the ever so 'umble Uriah Heep; and the foolishly innocent Dora. But will David finally find happiness with the faithful Agnes Wickfield, whom he has known since childhood?
  • Great Expectations
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman
    4.70 (22 ratings)
    When orphan Pip meets the escaped convict Magwitch in an overgrown churchyard on the Kent marshes, little does he know that the incident will change his life forever. Some years later, now apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law, Pip falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Her half-crazed and bitter guardian Miss Havisham, however, exerts a malign influence over the girl and forces a wedge between the two.
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  • Hard Times (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Steve Hodson, Tom Baker, David` Holt
    4.90 (9 ratings)
    In the polluted and poverty-ridden Coketown, Louisa and Tom Gradgrind endure a cold and loveless childhood at the hands of their self-satisfied and unimaginative father, Thomas. Starved of affection, Louisa is forced into a miserable marriage with the self-made industrialist Josiah Bounderby, 30 years her senior, whilst Tom descends into a secret life of theft. Into such squalor and misery comes generous and spirited Sissy Jupe, a child of the circus whose ailing father, Sleary, has deserted her.
  • Little Dorrit (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.40 (19 ratings)
    The youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, Amy is born in Marshalsea prison. She and her father are befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs "little Dorrit" as a seamstress. The fortunes of the Dorrits undergo an extreme change when William inherits a fortune, and the family move to Italy. Back in England, Arthur Clennam finds himself the victim of a massive fraud and ends up in Marshalsea. There he is found by Little Dorrit, whose fortune has had no effect on her generosity and humility.
  • Nicholas Nickleby (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Anna Massey, Sophie Thompson, Ken Campbell, Tom Baker, Alex Jennings
    4.30 (21 ratings)
    Left penniless by the death of his father, nineteen-year-old Nicholas Nickleby seeks help, along with his mother and sister, from Uncle Ralph Nickleby. The hard-hearted money lender takes an instant dislike to his nephew and gets rid of the boy by securing him a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the evil Wackford Squeers presides. Horrified by the barbarity he sees there, Nicholas defies Squeers and is forced to flee.
  • Oliver Twist (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Pam Ferris, Edward Long
    4.00 (12 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' famous novel, starring Pam Ferris, Adjoa Andoh and Tim McInnerny with Edward Long as Oliver. Born and brought up in the appalling deprivation of the workhouse, the orphaned Oliver escapes and heads for London, only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child thieves. But Oliver is an innocent at heart, and the attempts by Fagin and the impudently witty Artful Dodger to teach him the tricks of the pick-pocket's trade.
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  • Oliver Twist (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Pam Ferris, Edward Long
    4.00 (12 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' famous novel, starring Pam Ferris, Adjoa Andoh and Tim McInnerny with Edward Long as Oliver. Born and brought up in the appalling deprivation of the workhouse, the orphaned Oliver escapes and heads for London, only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child thieves. But Oliver is an innocent at heart, and the attempts by Fagin and the impudently witty Artful Dodger to teach him the tricks of the pick-pocket's trade.
  • Bleak House (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by full cast
    4.70 (55 ratings)
    Michael Kitchen stars as John Jarndyce in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' classic tale of London and the law.
  • Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend (Woman's Hour Drama)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Alex Jennings, Pauline Quirke
    4.40 (32 ratings)
    Charles Dickens' classic novel stars Alex Jennings as Charles Dickens and Pauline Quirke as Mrs Boffin. Adapted by Mike Walker. Following his father's death, John Harmon returns to London to claim his inheritance. But he finds he is only eligible if he marries Bella Wilfer. To observe her character he assumes another identity and secures work with his father's foreman, Mr Boffin, who is also Bella's guardian.
  • Classic Drama: The Pickwick Papers (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Clive Francis, Peter Jeffrey, Norman Rodway, Trevor Peacock
    3.70 (11 ratings)
    Mr Samuel Pickwick, retired businessman and confirmed batchelor, is determined that, after a quiet life of enterprise, the time has come to go out into the world.
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  • Dombey and Son (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Alex Jennings, Robert Glenister, Helen Schlesinger, Fenella Fielding, Abigail Hollick, Trevor Peacock, Adrian Lukis, Nicky Henson, Joseph Arkley, Geraldine James
    4.50 (22 ratings)
    First published in monthly parts between October 1846 and April 1848. Mike Walker's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of family relationships tells the story of Paul Dombey, head of the House of Dombey, who lacks a son and cannot reconcile himself to his only daughter.
  • A Tale of Two Cities (Dramatised)
    by Charles Dickens, Mike Walker (dramatisation)
    Narrated by Robert Lindsay, Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, Karl Johnson
    4.60 (26 ratings)
    From the echo of the first line ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ to the final ‘It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done’, Dickens’ classic novel of the French revolution tells a story of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.
  • Marley was Dead
    by John Nicholson, Richard Katz
    Narrated by John Nicholson, Richard Katz, Sirine Saba, Javier Marzan
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A Christmas Carol, but not as you've ever heard it before. A surprise all-star cast gather to bring Dickens' timeless classic to life. Introduced by Jonathan Dimbleby. Starring John Nicholson and Richard Katz, with Jane Horrocks, Dara O'Briain, Charlotte Green, Richard Madeley, Peter Purves, Gwyneth Williams and Chris Evans. Written by John Nicholson and Richard Katz. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
  • The Mystery of Charles Dickens
    by Peter Ackroyd
    Narrated by Simon Callow
    4.40 (16 ratings)
    In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London.
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  • A Christmas Carol
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by David Jason
    3.90 (8 ratings)
    Sir David Jason reads Charles Dickens' magical, much-loved Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, unpleasant man who dislikes people generally and Christmas especially. But one Christmas Eve, he has a terrifying experience: He sees the ghost of his one-time business partner, Jacob Marley, who is bound in chains and doomed to wander the Earth because of the sins of his past life. Marley warns Scrooge that he is headed for the same dreadful fate: but there is one possible means of escape.
  • A Christmas Carol [BBC Version]
    by Charles Dickens
    Narrated by Miriam Margolyes
    4.80 (21 ratings)
    Here's Dicken's Christmas classic of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounter with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol has continued to be one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time.