Dickensian

Season 1
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Set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens' critically acclaimed novels, Dickensian brings together some of literature's most iconic characters, including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham, as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.
Starring
Stephen ReaTuppence MiddletonAnton Lesser
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    December 26, 2015
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    It's Christmas Eve and as Amelia and Arthur Havisham gather to hear the reading of their father's will their lives are left in turmoil by the unexpected contents. Elsewhere, a young boy makes a macabre discovery in an alleyway. Later, as the news of a murder filters through the Christmas day celebrations and Inspector Bucket begins his investigation.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    December 27, 2015
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bucket goes to see his old enemy Fagin convinced he is involved in some way; following a lead he goes after Fagin's henchman Bill Sikes -- could his wooden cosh hold a valuable clue? Frances sees a way of scuppering her sister's plans. Later, at the Havisham New Year's Party, Amelia is delighted to see her brother but perturbed by the arrival of an uninvited guest.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    January 1, 2016
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Compeyson goes to desperate lengths to make Miss Havisham notice him and Martha Cratchit's wedding plans are thrown into turmoil as Bob Cratchit fights to clear his name and get home in time for his daughter's wedding. Later, Compeyson's behavior leaves Amelia confused but intrigued.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    January 6, 2016
    58min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A potential rival at Satis House gives Compeyson cause for concern. When a drunk prank goes dangerously wrong Arthur realizes the lengths to which Compeyson will go to achieve his aims. Meanwhile, will Arthur find the courage to confide in Matthew Pocket before Compeyson continues his plan to rid Satis House of his rival? Edward Barbary comes into the sights of Inspector Bucket.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    January 13, 2016
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Already facing financial ruin Edward Barbary's situation deteriorates when Scrooge demands his loan is repaid. Devastated by the loss of Jip, Amelia is comforted and surprised when Compeyson arrives with a present and a declaration. Meanwhile, Arthur's drinking nearly gets the better of him and Compeyson is forced to teach him a lesson, while Bucket gets a major new lead.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    January 21, 2016
    58min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Honoria faces up to the reality of her father's situation -- will she throw everything away to save him? Meanwhile, Bucket's patience is finally rewarded. Circumstances prevent Compeyson from attending an important meeting with Amelia. Her obvious success means he is forced to take drastic measure to keep her interest.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    January 27, 2016
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Honoria comes to terms with letting Hawdon go and is stunned to learn of Amelia's engagement to Compeyson. A surprising discovery shocks the Barbary family and Bucket searches for reasons to keep Fagin in prison.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    February 4, 2016
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bucket's detecting skills are called into question when another body is discovered and a new Inspector joins the force. Hawdon goes for promotion but makes a discovery about Frances which leaves Honoria devastated. Later, dramatic events bring Frances and Honoria closer than they have ever been, but both of them are forced to make decisions that will change their lives forever.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    February 11, 2016
    57min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Inspector Bucket discovers a vital clue has been under his nose all the time but will it bring him the satisfaction he desires? Surely even Compeyson can't talk himself out of the situation he finds himself in now. An unexpected visitor gives Arthur hope that he may still prevent his sister's marriage.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    February 18, 2016
    1 h 18 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Matthew Pocket begs Amelia to delay her wedding but will she listen? At the Bumble's workhouse it's the day of the inspection. After all their preparations surely nothing can go wrong? As Amelia Havisham prepares for the wedding of the year Arthur realizes he is the only one who can save her, but will he speak up or take the cowards way out?

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Directors
Harry BradbeerPhilippa LangdaleMark BrozelAndy Hay
Supporting actors
Ned Dennehy
Producers
David BoulterBelinda Campbell
Season year
2016
Network
BBC
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1145 global ratings

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MsMerricatReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done BBC...! I loved this series !
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What an absolute shame the BBC didn’t continue this series. It is a must see for any Dickens buff! Wonderful actors and wonderful scenery. I hated to come to the end of the 20th episode. However do not let the fact that this is only the first season stop you. It does culminate as far as the major plot is concerned. And if you have read the books it doesn’t matter because you know where Dickens took his characters.
Some may not care for the characters mixing with each other outside of their books but I loved it and I think Dickens would have too.
The biggest sin here is that Dickens didn’t write it himself...but it certainly sounds like Dickens.
106 people found this helpful
TigermanReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this series!
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This is a great Victorian period drama! I loved trying to remember all of the Dickens characters and match them with each story! It doesn't necessarily follow the exact story lines and adds some strange twists, but I think that only makes the show more interesting. You also may notice a few character names that are from other books. Great for piquing your memory! The story revolves around the mystery (and police investigation) of Scrooge's business partner, Mr. Marley's murder and how each Dickens character and story is connected to it. The rich character development, plot twists, incredible dark gritty London sets and costumes make this series a must for period drama lovers! The interwoven stories with a generous sprinkling of humor made this series one of my all time favourites!
27 people found this helpful
NeaklausReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun tribute to Dickens
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It took a little while for the story to get going, and the viewer will have to be reasonably familiar with the Dickens characters. This is a Whodunit, and a fairly good one at that. The viewer will really have to suspend disbelief for this series, Entertaining as the characters behave as Dickens wrote them. If Sherlock Holmes were a Dickens creation he would have his hands full with this crowd. Slow in spots, but not enough to turn off the viewer.
42 people found this helpful
Iaci FlandersReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing and engaging to the end.
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Absolutely LOVED this series!!! Very well done, both cinematography and storyline were EXCELLENT! I watched it and told my husband. We watched it together and he couldn’t stop watching it until the finish! He kept trying to guess who committed the murder. I didn’t help him at all which made him want to watch to the end. He totally enjoyed it. I’m watching it now, again, for the third time with subtitles on to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
25 people found this helpful
Raphael A. RiccioReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
When twenty is ten
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This is an extremely clever adaptation of a number of Dickens' novels woven together to form an intriguing and enjoyable story. Although the scenes used a relatively limited number of set locations (the entire set was purpose-built for this series), it still managed to convey somewhat of a sense of distance from each other. Character development was very well don; a particular favorite was Stephen Rea as Detective Inspector Bucket. One thing I was disappointed with s that the three-DBVD set is advertised as twenty episodes, which led me to believe that it went ten episodes beyond the episodes that are available on Firestick. However, that is not the case: the twenty DVD episodes are merely the same ten episodes that are on Firestick, but broken up into two roughly half-hour episodes for each of the roughly one hour episodes on Firestick. So, if you think you are going to get to see anything past Amelia's non-wedding, do not bother to buy this set. If you want to enjoy watching it from time to time, it still remians a good buy.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Great conglomeration of Dickens characters! Do hope a continuation is on the way. Perhaps Dickensian II ?
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wisdomstarReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dickens would never have been famous if he had written this dreary piece
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After watching the Man who invented Christmas, I thought this would be a good series to add to it. However, while I loved MWIC I hated this almost from the first minute. The Cratchits were hopeful, but it was evident who needed to be killed in this neighborhood. I liked Detective Bucket and would have liked to see what he could do. But I hate stories that are dreary at any time of the year, let alone Christmas. I stuck to it for two episodes. I don't care if it gets better, I am throwing this one away. I wish I had read the one star reviews before I wasted my money.
19 people found this helpful
Tereasa BellewReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
a story you don't want to miss!
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So, the first episode I had to adjust to the accent, and get familiar with the characters. Once I did, I was hooked! I can't say enough about this series. It is so so good. I found myself rooting for each unfolding story line as it pertained to the character. I thought it wrapped up wonderfully. I'm sad there won't be another season but I definitely am happy to have watched Dickensian. I own the series on dvd and will for certain watch and enjoy again.
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