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Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One Performance

Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One: Classic Drama from the BBC Radio Archive

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Powerful full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this first volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes four of his best loved stories.

The Pickwick Papers. Mr Samuel Pickwick, founder of the Pickwick Club, forms a Corresponding Society for members to report back about their travels. So begins the chronicle of their hilariously comic journeys.

Oliver Twist. Born and brought up in the workhouse, orphan Oliver escapes to London - only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets.

Nicholas Nickleby. Left penniless after his father's death, 19-year-old Nicholas Nickleby takes a teaching position at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers presides.

The Old Curiosity Shop. Pretty, innocent Little Nell's childhood is shattered when evil moneylender Quilp discovers her grandfather is in debt. The duo are forced to leave their curiosity shop and go on the run....

With an all-star cast including Pam Ferris, Tim McInnerny, Alex Jennings, Anna Massey, Ken Campbell, Tom Baker, Julia McKenzie and Sandi Toksvig, these BBC radio adaptations bring out all the humour, romance, pathos and tragedy of Dickens' four classic masterpieces.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • CHRIS
    2/11/16
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    "fantastic"

    loved it, it was nice to revisit Charles Dickens's classics dramatised brilliantly by the BBC

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Highlight
    United Kingdom
    7/5/16
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    "Charles Dickens Characters Come Alive !"
    If you could sum up Charles Dickens: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Volume One in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect Entertainment


    What did you like best about this story?

    These productions are true to Charles Dickens how he intended his works to be performed. Dramatically, But Not Over The Top.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Each actor takes on their roles with gusto and brings to the production the Feel of Classic Victorian Drama.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The stories make me laugh, but at the same time, teach me a about life in the Victorian era, how hard life could be and how very much different we all are now. Society has changed, the modern world is here.


    Any additional comments?

    This collection of Charles Dickens is well worth a listen several times over. Great for wet winter days when outside is gloom, Dickens characters will light up a few hours and bringing laughter and warmth inside.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tendai W.
    7/8/16
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    "Fantastic"

    Fantastic and funny! Well worth the listen. The dramatisation really brings the stories to life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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