Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Steven Knight to Adapt Dickens Novels for BBC1

Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Steven Knight to Adapt Dickens Novels for BBC1

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A Christmas Carol to launch series of adaptations from Taboo team.

Taboo

Taboo collaborators Steven Knight, Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott are to re-team for a series of Charles Dickens adaptations for the BBC, starting with A Christmas Carol.

A 3 x 60-minute version on the festive classic will form part of BBC1’s 2019 Christmas schedule, with other titles set to form a ‘boxset’ of dramas based on Dickens’ most iconic novels.

Knight, who also created Peaky Blinders, will adapt the stories for Scott’s company Scott Free London and Hardy’s indie Hardy Son and Baker.

A Christmas Carol is one of Dickens’ most adapted works, in both its traditional form and variants and parodies ranging from Blackadder to the Muppets.

The BBC’s last traditional adaptation was in 1977 with Michael Holden taking the lead role of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

The BBC has yet to confirm which other stories will follow, nor how many.

Knight promised that the adaptations would respect the spirit of Dickens’ writing, while offering a fresh spin on their timeless themes. …

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