Charles Dickens was, for a time, editor of a daily newspaper. This series takes an imaginative look at how Dickens would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.
We follow Dickens the editor as he contends with railway crashes, gory deaths in the River Thames, having his editorial judgemnt scrutinised, working with tyrannical landowners, entering the murky worlds of opium and prostitution and, most tragically of all, investigating a child's death. He and his newspaper tackle financial plotting, encountering a young - and very secretive - Disraeli, and the prospect of war overseas.
Originally broadcast in 2008, this complete BBC Radio collection stars Jamie Glover as Dickens in series 1 and Dan Stevens as Dickens in series 2. Also starring Jasmine Hyde, Eleanor Howell, Andrew Buchan, John Dougall, John Rowe and Gerard Murphy.
I want more.
I'm very hard to please, I'm possibly too selective. A radio series or a book has to to exceptionally enjoyable for me to write a review. This is a very sideways, very modern look at Dickens as a newspaper part owner and editor. As with Dickens's books, it too explores issues of the day through news story investigations. Theres a thriller element to it, with a little action at times. With talk of Dickens's books and passion for writing throughout. I will listen to it again no doubt.