The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years
- Eight BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
- Narrated by: Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Ian Holm, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott
- Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
- Radio/TV Programme
- Release date: 01-03-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels.
This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his 'favourite child'; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens' most openly political novel, Hard Times; and Little Dorrit, a sweeping tale of imprisonment, poverty and riches. Also included are A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution; coming-of-age novel Great Expectations; sweeping satire of wealth and corruption Our Mutual Friend; and Dickens' final, unfinished story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott and Ian Holm, these radio adaptations bring Dickens' imaginative world to colourful, captivating life.
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By Chris C. on 15-03-18
Gripping stuff but where is the index?
Chapters 1-20 contain David Copperfield and Bleak House starts at Chapter 21. However, the lack of any announcements about which book lies where or even when one ends and another begins lets down otherwise superb material. Furthermore, although the names of the cast are given in general terms in the advertising for the collection, there is no cast list for each production. It seems I shall have to live in ignorance about the actor who plays Mr Micawber so memorably. These omissions could so easily have been rectified but they mean that this production is flawed as a result.
54 of 55 people found this review helpful
By S Choudry on 18-04-18
Great audiobook, needs an index!
Great audiobook, great performances that I enjoyed very much.
That being said, the lack of an index is hugely confusing. There is no way of knowing which chapter relates to which book. I've taken the liberty to outline it below:
1-20 David Copperfield
21-25 Bleak House
26-30 Hard Times
31 -34 Little Dorrit
35-39 A Tale of Two Cities
40-45 Great Expectations
46-65 Our Mutual Friend
66-70 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
46 of 47 people found this review helpful
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By patrick on 23-03-18
Only thing lacking is consistent titles
The acting is excellent. The quality is amazing as usual for these BBC programs. The only thing I thought was lacking was that a few of the stories are not introduced well. I am aware that these were produced as dramas and there is different production across titles. For the money, for the over all quality and massively enjoyable 35hrs+ ...a bargain.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By John W Kennington on 13-03-18
lacks book titles but still good
A well acted retelling of the classic Dickens stories but fails to identify the titles. needs work.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful