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Great Expectations (BBC, 2011) and Dickens 2012
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Oscar Kennedy as Young Pip, BBC, December 2011
Photo credit: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1740419840/nm3960821

As I am sure everyone will know, Dickens mania has hit town because it is the bicentenary of his birth this year. The BFI are right in the middle of a major Dickens season.

I have never read a single Dickens book in my life. But I have a familiarity with his work, because of the countless TV and film adaptations that there have been of his books over my lifetime.

I have very belatedly started to watch the recent BBC adaptation (December 2011) of Great Expectations - I have just finished Part 1 (I Sky Plussed it). And I have to say ...
I LOVED IT!

I thought it was brilliant. All the actors were pitch perfect, the settings and landscape they used conveyed a real sense of the place, the time, and the age, and the story zipped along at a fast pace and gripped the whole way through.

I have very carefully selected the image above to illustrate this story because I thought that Oscar Kennedy was quite simply outstanding as Young Pip. He conveyed all the emotions in a very true and real way, and you really felt for him right from the off. For such a young actor, a towering performance.

More information about the adaptation can be found here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018wmhr

If you missed it, and want to watch it, it is now available on DVD here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Expectations-DVD-Ray-Winstone/dp/B006H3Q7LA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1328135522&sr=1-1

I cannot wait to watch Part 2!

Dickens 2012
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens


Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which falls on 7 February 2012.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.

Follow the link for all the details on Dickens 2012:
http://www.dickens2012.org/
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