Executive Producer: David Cunliffe
Producer: Marc Miller
Director: Michael Ferguson, Marc Miller
DICKENS OF LONDON/Episode 1/Intro by Alastair Cooke
Good evening, I'm Alistair Cooke.
Tonight we begin a dramatization in ten episodes of thirty-two years of the life of England's greatest novelist, Charles Dickens.
He was born in a seaport town in Kent. He was the son of a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, John Dickens, a kind of verbal dandy, an absolute charmer and an absolutely hopeless breadwinner.
And he was married to a featherbrain, who, in the usual Victorian way, gave him eight children. Unlike most Victorian families though, they lost only two of them. By the way, Father Dickens was the model for Mr. Micawber, and is played here by the fine character actor Roy Dotrice.
Each episode is seen as a long flashback, from Dickens in America in 1867. He was here doing a very successful tour of readings from his own works. But he was fifty-five, ailing, exhausted, and haunted by nightmares about his childhood. And in his waking hours he was harassed by ticket scalpers. As we come in on them they are hounding Dicken's lecture agent Mr. Dolby.
Now, episode one, Dickens of London.
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