The young Charles Dickens started his career in journalism, and these two plays take an imaginative look at how his desire to bring the news to the masses could have introduced him to a world of crime and corruption.
In 'Railway Kings', Dickens is Editor of campaigning weekly The Herald, and has just appointed a new Chief Correspondent. Young Jack Marshall’s first task is to find out who is responsible for a tragic railway accident - an awkward investigation, for Railway King Joseph Paxton is a shareholder in the paper and his daughter, Agnes, is on the staff...
'Darker Than You Think' sees the Herald’s team embroiled in a series of grisly murders. Bodies are being discovered in the Thames with dreadful injuries, and Inspector Leavett wants the culprit found quickly.
Jack is sent to investigate but Agnes seems more interested in her new beau, a pioneering doctor, than in following the progress of his leads...
If you like your Charles Dickens you should find these enjoyable.
Full cast productions with professional actors who bring to life the the characters taking the listener back in time to the acrid Victorian era with its city sounds and humid smells.
The editor needs to run a news paper of truth, bringing the real world of the poor and the rich to the forefront of society. Young Will keeps the paper on its toes as he goes hunting full charge ahead looking for the the real London hidden behind the closed doors of the elite rich who own the City, but as with everything in Victorian days, decorum must win the day. Challenges ahead for both the editor and his two young charges who fight for what they believe Londoners should read on their front page. That is 'putting the people on the page with the aim of making Real Change.
My only quip is - we WANT MORE of these programs. Many were made but why are they not available on audiobooks?
The plays are a bit short and the storyline is a bit thin. I feel that these 3 plays are part of a series and if I knew the rest I would have enjoyed them more. Dickens seems not to have such a starring role though, which I felt was slightly misleading. They were entertaining but not excellent.