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Klampus
post Dec 27 2015, 03:19 PM
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Dickensian is an ambitious new drama from the BBC that features a world where all characters created by Charles Dickens live in the same world and interact with each other. It is written by Tony Jordan and Sarah Phelps, known especially for their work on EastEnders and the series consists of 20 half-hour episodes. The Dickens characters featured include Scrooge, Nancy, Fagin and Amelia Havisham.
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post Jan 4 2016, 08:56 AM
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Two episodes in and rather enjoying this. Some of the connections between characters are quite clever.
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post Jan 4 2016, 05:58 PM
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I watched the first couple of episodes and I don't think I can stick with it. It was a bare attempt/commission but I'm not sure it's worked completely.
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post Jan 4 2016, 06:16 PM
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I think it really has, it's unusual, exciting and very different. The BBC obviously excel at 'straight' period drama's, but they are often a little dull and by the book, whereas this is fresh and often quite fun. It may drag a little at 20 episodes, but I hope it doesn't because I really like the idea of this kind of thing being done more.
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post Jan 4 2016, 07:09 PM
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Huh so why is this so fresh?
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post Jan 4 2016, 07:21 PM
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Because it tries to weave new stories and relationships for such well worn and well known characters.
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post Feb 11 2016, 09:54 AM
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Tried hard at the start but has failed quite badly I feel. Far too ambitious and yet so unambitious. Finally decided to stop watching after 15 episodes and if I hear Caroline Quentin say "Bumble" or Pauline Collins say "gin" one more time I will scream.
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post Apr 21 2016, 03:55 PM
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It has been axed following disappointing viewers and costing 10m to make.

I think the root of the problems was the scheduling. As already discussed in the BARB ratings thread, if it had been positioned in a weekly Sunday slot, it would have been a lot more consistent rather than being scattered throughout the Christmas period and on weekdays.
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post Apr 21 2016, 04:04 PM
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I think even the ratings it got over Christmas were probably a bit underwhelming given how much hype it had as well as the cost.

At least it wasn't as disastrous as Jekyll and Hyde in the ratings which was also pretty expensive, I seem to recall!
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post Apr 22 2016, 07:29 PM
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bbc 1 have canceled the show after 1 (very long) series.

that's what the article i read said. the actual headline


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post Apr 24 2016, 07:40 PM
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This was 20? episodes. So for one season of a UK show that is lots. That is basically 3 seasons worth for other shows.
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